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Water injection wells have raised question about earthquakes. Representatives from the USGS will share results from recent reports.

William Yeck

WILLIAM YECK, Seismologist, USGS Geologic Hazards Science Center

My research is largely focused on improving how we detect and characterize earthquakes. I primarily focus my research on anthropogenic seismicity within the United States, but I also have a strong research interest in significant global earthquakes.


Here, we’ll look at health and safety; State, County and City governance of health and safety; best practices and case studies. 

Stuart Ellsworth

STUART ELLSWORTH, Petroleum Engineer, Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission

Stuart has over thirty years of experience.  He has been with the Commission for 5 years, the last 3 year as the Engineering Manager.  His responsibilities include managing a thirteen member staff, who review drilling permits, completion reports, workover plans, and abandonment procedures for COGCC regulation approval; consults with operators on well spacing orders and reservoir economics. Prior to working for the COGCC he worked for engineering and oil and gas companies throughout the Rocky Mountains, Mid-Continent, Saudi Arabia, and Algeria. He is a Colorado Professional Engineer and a Licensed Geologist with Bachelor of Science degrees in Geology and Civil Engineering with Petroleum Engineering Graduate studies at Colorado School of Mines.


GERALDINE BRIMMER, Partner, Holland & Hart

As a business litigator with over 30 years of experience, she has successfully tried a wide range of complex commercial and natural resource cases, including breach of contract, torts, product liability claims,
oil and gas disputes, insurance disputes, real estate transaction disputes, fee disputes, and director liability claims, among others.
More than 30 years’ experience. As a business litigator for more than 30 years, Gerry has tried more than 50 cases in front of both judges and juries –and successfully settled many others. She also offers substantial experience in appeals, as well as alternative dispute resolution –such as mediation and arbitration.

Mike Freeman

MIKE FREEMAN, Weld County Commissioner

Mike is a lifetime resident of Weld County. After graduating from Colorado State University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ag Business, he returned to the family farm west of Ault where he continued farming and ranching. In 2001, he and his wife started their company, J9 Crop Insurance Agency. Freeman was elected as Weld County Commissioner in 2012 and represents district one.

Eric Jacobson

ERIC JACOBSON, Senior Vice President of Operations, Extraction Oil & Gas


Eric has served as the Senior Vice President for Extraction since October 2016 following nearly 6 years of DJ Basin experience with Noble Energy in various senior leader (Director) roles over operations, production, engineering and planning/development.

Prior to DJ Basin, 18 years of experience with the ARCO, Vastar and BP heritage corporate chain in Montana, Houston, Lafayette, Gulf of Mexico, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Angola and various other national/international locations.  Led various operations, engineering and project teams up to 500 employees and up to $2B budget annual spend.

Michael Paules

MICHAEL PAULES, Associate Director, Colorado Petroleum Council

Mr. Paules has over 30 years of professional experience in the petroleum industry as both an employee of and consultant to companies involved in exploration and production, gathering and processing, transmission, refining, and marketing.  In his career, he has managed programs related to environmental, health and safety (EH&S), and regulatory permitting and compliance for operations located in the Rocky Mountain, West Coast and Midwest regions.

Currently, he is the Associate Director for the Colorado Petroleum Council, a division of the American Petroleum Institute which is a national trade association that represents all aspects of the America’s oil and gas industry.  Previously, he served in leadership roles since 2004 as a Senior Staff Regulatory Advisor for WPX Energy and as the Senior Regional EH&S Manager for Williams Production RMT Company.  He started his career as an exploration geologist followed by a transition to an environmental consultant.  He tracks and analyzes a variety of oil and gas related technical and regulatory issues at the federal, state and local level.  He applies his knowledge and skills in developing and implementing sound strategies to advance policies, programs and practices in promoting responsible oil and gas development.  He has participated as a member and chair of various federal and state industry trade association committees and contributes to the preparation of written comments and verbal testimony on behalf of the oil and gas industry in response to studies and proposed policies and rules.

Mr. Paules earned a Master of Science degree in Geology from West Virginia University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geoscience with High Honors from Hobart & William Smith Colleges.   He is a Registered Geologist in Arizona and California, and a Professional Geologist in Utah and Wyoming.


The D-J Basin’s Wattenberg field has seen some energy companies expand their holdings, while others have departed for out-of-state plays. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the Wattenberg field compared to other parts of the country?

Craig Walters

CRAIG WALTERS, VP of Rockies Operations, Anadarko

Walters is responsible for the development of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation’s Rockies Region encompassing Colorado, Wyoming and Utah. Craig has more than 20 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry, beginning his career in 1994 with Anadarko. He has held various engineering, business development, operations and management positions, working assets in the Rockies, Mid-Continent and Gulf Coast regions. Prior to his current role, Craig was the Vice President of Anadarko’s DJ Basin field located in northern Colorado.

Craig is a Wyoming native and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He is a registered professional engineer, an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver and the American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming. Craig’s office is located at Anadarko’s regional headquarters in Denver.

Tom Birmingham

TOM BIRMINGHAM, Vice President of Exploration, SRC Energy

Mr. Birmingham’s career spans over 40 years working both conventional and unconventional plays in the US Onshore region. Prior to joining the SRC Energy Team in November, 2015, Mr. Birmingham was employed by various independent energy companies, including HS Resources, Kerr McGee Corporation and Anadarko Petroleum, where he oversaw geological operations in the Wattenberg Field as Exploitation Manager and Senior Geological Advisor. Mr. Birmingham has published several papers for the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists in addition to co-authoring others for the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Mr. Birmingham received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from the State Univ. of NY, Oneonta and a Master of Science Degree in Geology from the University of Colorado

Joel Schneyer

JOEL SCHNEYER, Managing Director – Mineral Capital & Advisory Practice, Headwaters

Joel Schneyer is a Managing Director in the Minerals, Capital & Advisory Practice of Headwaters MB. Founded in 2001, Headwaters MB provides investment banking services to entrepreneurs, owner/operators and business-owning families to help them grow, capitalize, or monetize their businesses. Headwaters is headquartered in Denver, CO, with six regional offices across the United States and partnerships with 18 firms covering 30 countries.  Joel works in the Energy & Natural Group at Headwaters, one of 15 sector focused verticals.  His international career spans 30 plus years as an investment banker, financial analyst, metals trader and geologist.  Joel joined Headwaters from Mercantile Resource Finance, an advisory firm to the natural resource sector that he founded in 1996. Prior to that, he was Manager of Derivative Finance in the metals group of Barclays Bank, and a Senior Analyst in the New Business and Strategic Planning Group at Billiton Royal Dutch Shell.  Before commencing on his banking career, Joel worked as an oil and gas exploration geologist with Celeron Oil & Gas and IP Petroleum (International Paper), and as a field geologist for the U.S. Geological Survey.  Joel earned a B.A. in Geology with High Honors from Colgate University, a M.A. in Geology from the University of Texas at Austin, and a M.S. in Mineral Economics from the Colorado School of Mines.


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KYLE PURVIS, Lead Engineer – DJ Basin Production Team, Noble Energy

Kyle Purvis is responsible for transportation activities and the Greeley Operations Control Center.  Prior to joining Noble Energy, Kyle had several operations and engineering roles with ExxonMobil.  Kyle earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University. 


DAN REVELLE, Vice President, Western Hemisphere Inspection  

Dan Revelle, Vice President, Western Hemisphere Inspection, oversees the inspection and condition assessment of pipelines, process piping and fired heaters for Quest Integrity in North and South America.  Quest Integrity offers advanced ultrasonic inspection of heaters and pipelines using a customized tool fleet with industry leading navigational capabilities.  Combining this high resolution data with asset specific Fitness-For-Service engineering assessments, Quest provides a combined inspection and engineering deliverable. 

Dan has worked with the Quest Integrity and its predecessor companies since 1996, and was one of the main developers of Quest Integrity’s LifeQuest Pipeline software.  He has worked on creating advanced engineering solutions from laser and ultrasonic inspection data, as well as several other specialty engineering software programs.  Dan has a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Carleton College, a master’s in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado and extensive experience in computational mechanics.


Matt Murdoch


Matt Murdock grew up in Wyoming before attended Georgetown University and Edinburgh University earning degrees in Economics and Government. In 1992, he became Director and Board member of a non-profit NGO focused on community development in three West African nations (Ghana, Togo, & Benin).  For 19 years he successfully supervised projects among 10 different tribes & languages spanning a 3,000-square-mile region despite the “World Bank Doing Business” survey ranking his last post, Benin, as 175 out of 183.  Matt and his family left Benin 2011 returning to Wyoming leaving behind an ongoing organization indigenously run. Since then, Murdock has begun several businesses, is actively involved in the local community, taught in the local schools and was elected to the Pinedale Town Council where he also chairs the Pinedale Travel & Tourism Commission and represents the Town on different inter-agency and state boards. Matt and his wife Sarah have been married 21 years and have three adventurous children

William Aimne


Bill is co-CEO, founder and Managing Director with Trenegy Incorporated in Denver and Houston.  Prior to starting Trenegy 7 years ago, Bill was a Partner at Deloitte where he served clients in the oil and gas, manufacturing and services industries. During his time at Deloitte, Bill was instrumental in building the national oil and gas consulting practice, was a national leader for the Energy Practice’s knowledge and innovation efforts and was engaged to speak on a variety of topics.  Prior to Deloitte, Bill was a consultant for Ernst & Young, PWC and served in a variety of industry leadership roles with Campbell Soup and Nalco Exxon.  Bill is best known for his ability to help companies design and implement innovative processes and systems to support growth. Bill is the author of Jar(gone), an book demystifying commonly misunderstood innovations and business concepts. Bill believes in giving back to the community and serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for Boys & Girls Country and on the Board of Directors for Colorado Uplift. Bill holds an MBA from Baylor University in Waco, Texas and a BS in Economics from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.