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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!


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

Sunday, November 7th

11:00am-5:00pmRegistration - Living Room


Council of Regulatory Officials - Zuni Ballroom

Opening Comments
David Hardie, Council Chair and Alberta Associate 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 - Chaco Ballroom

Opening Comments
Ryan Hoffman, Council Chair and Kansas Associate Official Representative

Roundtable Discussion

5:30pm-6:30pmOpening Reception at Inn at Loretto - Tesuque Ballroom


Monday, November 8th

7:30am-5:00pmRegistration - Living Room
7:30am-8:30amBreakfast - Chaco Ballroom


Special Features - Zuni Ballroom

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 - Zuni Ballroom 

Wayne Christian, Chairman, Railroad Commission of Texas, IOGCC Vice-Chair

Todd Leahy, Deputy Secretary of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources, New Mexico

Kenneth Wagner, Secretary of Energy and Environment, Oklahoma, IOGCC Second Vice-Chair

The Honorable J. Kevin Stitt, Governor of Oklahoma, IOGCC Chair

Chair's Stewardship Awards

David Gray, Acting Regional Administrator, Region 6, Environmental Protection Agency

Micah Chambers, Legislative Director, Senator Kevin Cramer | North Dakota

Steve Tryon, Director, Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance, Dept of Interior

1:30pm-2:30pmResolutions Committee Session - Acoma Room


Energy Resources, Research and Technology Committee Session - Zuni Ballroom

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 - Zuni Balloom

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 Committee Session - Zuni Ballroom

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 - Luminaria


Tuesday, November 9th

7:30am-11:00amRegistration - Living Room
7:30am-8:30amBreakfast - Chaco Ballroom


Public, Coastal and Tribal Lands Committee Session - Tesuque Ballroom

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

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

Update from the BLM New Mexico State Office
Steve Wells, Associate State Director, BLM 

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


Public Outreach Committee Session - Tesuque Ballroom

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

The February 2021 ERCOT Grid Failure and Lessons
Gregg Goodnight, Retired Engineer, TRCS and CO2 Coalition

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

11:00am-12:30pmBusiness Session - Zuni Ballroom


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.

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 Kaitlyn Smith at [email protected]


COVID Information

The health and wellness of our attendees is a top priority. IOGCC will adhere to all state and local regulations and the CDC’s guidelines for masks and social distancing.

Masks are required in public spaces in the hotel except when eating or drinking. The State of New Mexico has advised us that all meeting rooms and facilities IOGCC will be using at the Inn at Loretto are considered public spaces. The requirement to wear a mask will be posted at the entrance to the meeting rooms.

Please remember to bring your own masks. A limited supply of disposable masks will be available at the registration desk. Individually wrapped alcohol wipes will be available in the meeting rooms.

IOGCC will continue to monitor the situation and will update attendees on any changes in safety procedures by email, on our website, and in our meeting app.