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2021 Annual Conference

The IOGCC Annual Conference will be held in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico on November 7-9, 2021. The annual conferences have proven to be invaluable opportunities for the exchange of information and ideas. 

This meeting will bring together a wide range of participants, including governors, state and federal regulatory officials, oil and gas industry representatives, and non-governmental organizations, to advance IOGCC’s mission to champion the conservation and efficient recovery of domestic oil and natural gas resources while protecting health, safety, and the environment. A lineup of distinguished speakers will provide timely and relevant information on subjects important to our membership.

We look forward to seeing everyone and working together to have a successful event in November!

Tentative Agenda

IOGCC Annual Conference
Inn at Loretto
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Sunday, November 7 - Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Sunday, November 7th



Council of Regulatory Officials

Opening Comments
David Hardie, Council Chair and Alberta Assoc. Official Representative

Welcoming Remarks
Adrienne Sandoval, New Mexico Official Representative

Status of Updated IOGCC Idle/Orphan Well Report
Hal Fitch, IOGCC Consultant

Roundtable Discussion


Council of Oil and Gas Attorneys

Opening Comments
Ryan Hoffman, Council Chair and Kansas Assoc. Official Representative

Discussion of Summary of State Statutes
Amy Childers, IOGCC Executive Project Manager

Roundtable Discussion

6:00pm-7:00pmOpening Reception at Inn at Loretto


Monday, November 8th



Special Features

Closed Loop Gas Capture
Patrick Padilla, Sara Mitchell, and Ryan Yarger, EOG Resources

Early Phase Execution for Carbon Sequestration Projects Today
Lloyd Hetrick and Ed Steele, Tetra Tech


General Session

Commissioner Wayne Christian, IOGCC Vice-Chair
Secretary Kenneth Wagner, IOGCC Second Vice-Chair
Governor Kevin Stitt, IOGCC Chair
David Gray, Acting Regional Administrator, EPA Region 6
Chair's Stewardship Awards
[Additional Invitations Pending]

1:30pm-2:30pmResolutions Committee Session


Energy Resources, Research and Technology Committee Session

Opening Remarks
Lanny Schoeling, Chair
Adam Peltz, Vice-Chair

Update on ERRT Portal
Kaitlyn Smith, IOGCC Technical Coordinator

Summary of 2020-2021 CCUS Webinars and Workshops for Regulators
Lanny Schoeling, VP Oilfield Innovation, NeoTek Energy

Remediation of Orphan Well Sites: Success is in the Science
Dr. Kerry Sublette, Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Tulsa


Environment and Safety Committee Session

Opening Remarks
Leslie Savage, Chair
Robyn Strickland, Vice-Chair

An EPA Regulatory Update-The State of Play
Dr. Taimur Shaikh, Senior Policy Advisor-Energy, EPA Region 6

A Preview of the Updated IOGCC TENORM Guidance Document
Scott Winters, IOGCC Consultant


Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committeee Session

Opening Remarks
Reice Haase, Chair
Kimberly Wurtz, Vice-Chair

Natural Gas Production and Grid Reliability
Brian Kroshus, North Dakota Public Service Commissioner

Update on Litigation over Federal Executive Orders 
Brent Mead, Montana Assistant Solicitor General

Recent Developments in State Primacy
Kimberly Wurtz, Attorney, Wurtz & Associates

5:30pm-7:00pmNetworking Reception at Inn at Loretto


Tuesday, November 9th



Public, Coastal and Tribal Lands Committeee Session

Opening Remarks
Sarah Longan, Chair
Virginia Hullinger, Vice-Chair

Oil and Gas Update from the New Mexico State Land Office
Greg Bloom, Assistant Commissioner for Mineral Resources

Public Lands and Communities
Sara Longan, Deputy Commissioner, Alaska Dept of Natural Resources


Public Outreach

Opening Remarks
Travis McCormick, Chair
Katie Haarsager, Vice-Chair

An Informed Discussion on CO2
Greg Wrightstone, Executive Director, CO2 Coalition

Advancements in CCUS
Erik Oswald, VP of Strategy Development and Advocacy, ExxonMobil

11:00am-12:30pmBusiness Session


Registration Information

Click the link below to register for the Annual Conference in Santa Fe:


If you are not able to join us in Santa Fe, select sessions will be available via Zoom. You will need to register for each of the Zoom sessions individually by clicking the links below. These sessions are free of charge.

October 21, 2021 at 11am CT

Resolutions Committee Meeting

November 7, 2021 at 12:30pm MT

Council of Regulatory Officials

November 9, 2021 at 11am MT

Business Session


Reserve your rooms now at the Inn at Loretto. Cut off for the IOGCC room block is Tuesday, October 12th!

For government rates, click here.

For standard rates, click here.


For questions regarding registration, contact Amy Childers at [email protected]