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Department of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources – Organizational Renewal Plan and Update on Regulatory Progress and Impacts


Bill Bartling, Deputy, Inland District DOGGR


In October of 2015, the Department of Conservation and Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources published a document defining a sweeping set of modernization at DOGGR titled “Renewal Plan for Oil and Gas Regulation”. This plan was authored to address recognized opportunities to improve the performance of the Division through four distinct objectives:
1. Regulatory Overhaul
2. New Regulations for New Realities
3. Modernizing Data Management
4. Ensure High Quality Workforce

Adopting and implementing this plan, along with complying with new commitments to the US EPA and new state and local legislative measures has resulted in major programmatic and organizational changes in the Division that affect DOGGER priorities and operations and how oil and gas fields are operated in California. These principals and methods have been employed to evaluate Aquifer Exemptions and Underground Injection Controls.

This talk will address:
• the objectives and progress of the DOGGR Renewal Plan
• an overview of the commitments to the EPA
• a summary of new state and local legislation passed and pending
• how these are impacting or potentially will impact oil and gas operations in the Inland District and Statewide.
• Status update on Aquifer Exemptions and potential impacts to operations.


Bill Bartling is the Inland District Deputy for the Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources in Bakersfield California. The Inland District includes all or portions of Kern, Kings, Tulare, Inyo, Fresno and Madera Counties, which accounts for over 80% of oil and gas production in California.

Prior to joining DOGGR in October, 2015, Bill was General Manager of Borehole Imaging for OptaSense Ltd, President and CEO of SR2020, Sr. Director of Market Strategy at Silicon Graphics, Manager of Technical Computing at Occidental Oil and Gas, Sr. VP of Software Engineering at CogniSeis Development and Earth Scientist/Manager in exploration, production and research at Chevron.

Bill has a BA in Biological Sciences from UC Santa Barbara and a MS in Geology from San Diego State University, is Vice President of SEG Pacific Section and sits on the Advisory Board of the San Diego State University Center for Computational Sciences.

Member of SPE, AAPG, SEG and EAGE


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