SACRAMENTO – Elena M. Miller has been named State Oil and Gas Supervisor effective September 1, California Department of Conservation Director Bridgett Luther announced. Miller is currently Public Advisor at the California Energy Commission (CEC) and has also served as Staff Counsel.
“We’re excited to bring in Elena. She is a tremendous addition to our team,” Director Luther said.
“The Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) has important responsibilities with respect to protecting public safety and the environment. Elena’s extensive and diverse background will serve her well in overseeing the division.”
Miller’s main responsibilities with DOGGR will be to direct the state’s oil, gas, and geothermal regulatory programs and to provide direction to a field staff that carries out programs overseeing the drilling, operation, maintenance, and plugging and abandonment of wells and related facilities. She will also coordinate the division’s activities with those of industry; professional, civil, and independent groups; and other governmental agencies.
Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Miller to the Public Adviser position at the CEC in June 2008. Miller’s role has been to ensure participation by all stakeholders – government entities, environmental organizations and the public at large – in Commission proceedings such as licensing power plants. As Staff Counsel at the CEC, Miller was assigned to support the Fuels and Transportation Division on the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.
Prior to joining the CEC, Miller worked on employment litigation matters as Staff Counsel at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. She also practiced law in the private sector in Los Angeles.
Miller has experience in the oil, gas, and geothermal fields, working for a number of years as a Senior Paralegal for Atlantic Richfield Company in Los Angeles and Venezuela (she speaks fluent Spanish).
Miller earned her undergraduate degree from UC Davis in Political Science and her law degree from Southwestern University School of Law. While an undergraduate student, Miller worked at the Geothermal Resources Council in Davis and the Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C.
California ranks fourth among oil producing states behind Louisiana, Texas, and Alaska, respectively. California produced 239.8 million barrels of oil in 2008 and 298.3 billion cubic feet of natural gas in 2008.
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION: In addition to regulating oil, gas, and geothermal wells, the DOC maps and classifies areas containing mineral deposits; studies and maps earthquakes and other geologic phenomena; ensures reclamation of land used for mining; administers agricultural and open-space land conservation programs; and promotes beverage container recycling. More information about DOC programs is available online at www.conservation.ca.gov.
Katherine Wallgren, Forum Chairperson, Katherine_Wallgren@oxy.com