2018 Brings Two New Commissioners

Most have probably noticed by now that there are two new faces serving as WOGCC Commissioners.   An early resignation of a WOGCC Commissioner and the retirement of Wyoming’s State Geologist during the fourth quarter of 2017, left two seats on the Commission to be filled.

Erin Campbell was appointed by Governor Matt Mead as the new State Geologist in November 2017.  In this position, Ms. Campbell automatically sits as a WOGCC Commissioner, but her expertise brings  a wealth of knowledge.  With a BA Major in Geology and a Minor in Mathematics from Occidental College, Campbell attended the University of Wyoming to obtain her PHD in Geology, specializing in Structural Geology with a secondary emphasis in Geophysics.  Upon graduation, she worked four years at Chevron in Louisiana and California returning to Wyoming to teach at UW in the Geology and Geophysics Department.  She was also the Director of UW Geology Field Camp during her tenure there.  During her tenure at UW, Campbell did research in structural geology, geomechanics, CO2 sequestration, and established the Cretaceous Tight Oil Consortium work in the Powder River Basin.  At the Wyoming State Geological Survey she worked as Manager of Energy and Miner Resources Division before her appointment as the State Geologist.  Along with raising two teenagers, Campbell loves to camp and fish in the summer and cross country ski, quilt and do weaving in the winter. 

Ken Hendricks was appointed by Governor Matt Mead as a Commissioner in September.  He replaced former Commissioner Tom Fitzsimmons,  who had stepped down, leaving a Commission seat open.  Hendricks, too, brings a wealth of background knowledge.  He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology (Montana Tech).  His 30-plus years of experience in the upstream petroleum industry has been in both domestic and international operations and includes CO2-EOR, secondary recovery operations, heavy oil development and conventional oil and natural gas operations.  Ken recently retired after working approximately 13 years on Anadarko Petroleum’s CO2/EOR projects in Salt Creek and Monell fields.  Ken and his family have lived in Wyoming since 1998.