Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department Secretary David Martin said in a news release Catanach has over 30 years of experience in the oil gas industry, including 25 years in the division.
“His expertise in industry regulation includes time in the field as an inspector, as well as significant experience in oil and gas permit oversight,” Martin said.
Catanach is filling the open director position following the retirement of Jami Bailey, who served as the Oil Conservation Division Director from 2011 until her retirement this year.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to return to the Oil Conservation Division,” Catanach said, “This is an exciting time for oil and gas development as New Mexico continues to play a big role in the overall production of oil and gas for the entire country.”
Catanach, who earned a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering, started as a state Oil Conservation Division Field Inspector out of Hobbs but has spent the last seven years as a regulatory consultant in the private sector.
“This is an exciting time for oil and gas development has New Mexico continues to play a big role in the overall production of oil and gas for the entire country,” Catanach said. “I am looking forward to ensuring existing and future oil and gas development continues in an efficient, safe and productive manner.”
Martin said that the Oil Conservation Division is looking forward to the experience and skills that Catanach will bring to the position.
The Oil Conservation Division regulates oil, gas and geothermal activity in New Mexico.
Sarah Matott can be reached at 575-628-5546.
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