Who We Are
The Ohio Oil & Gas Association is a trade association with members representing the people and companies directly responsible for the production of crude oil, natural gas, and associated products in Ohio. Expansion of shale drilling into the Utica has resulted in an expansion of OOGA membership. The core OOGA membership is comprised of independent oil and natural gas producers, major national oil and natural gas producing companies, and major international oil and natural gas companies—all focused on the exploration, discovery, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and associated liquids in Ohio.
The Ohio Oil and Gas Association's mission is to protect, promote, foster and advance the common interest of those engaged in all aspects of the Ohio crude oil and natural gas producing industry.
In the years following World War II, the Ohio oil and gas industry was made up of small mostly family-owned independents struggling to make a living in a state whose glory days seemed long past. In the northwest, some continued to work the outliers of the famed, but depleted, Trenton field centered on Findlay. In the east, producers pushed on with Clinton and Berea sandstone development. They worried about adequate natural gas markets and discouraged that nitro-shot stimulation was no longer adequate to make tight sand formations yield economic production. The cable tool standard rig remained the go-to technology. The one bright spot was discovery of the East Canton Oilfield, that demonstrated renewed possibilities for the Clinton sands.
Out of this environment Ohio producers formed the Ohio Oil & Gas Association in 1947. Changes were seen coming and a modern age of petroleum development was upon them. New technology combined with emerging American thirst for energy supplies was about to reinvent the Ohio oilfield. The first order of business was to unite the various factions under a single voice, bringing together various regional voices under a single umbrella organization. This need for industry unity became the driving force for OOGA’s advocacy over the years to come.
Executive Vice Presidenthammond@ooga.org
Operations Managing Directordwelker@ooga.org
Director of Finance
Director of Public Relationsmike@ooga.org
PresidentSteven DowneyEnerVest Operating, LLC
Vice PresidentBruce LevengoodSound Energy Company, Inc.
TreasurerGene HuckArtex Oil Company
General CouncilGregory RussellVorys Law Firm
Executive Vice PresidentMatthew E. HammondOOGA
Brian ChavezWashington Operations/Condevco, Inc.
Amanda FinnAscent Resources, LLC
Jack K. MillerKenoil, Inc.
James HaasReserve Energy Exploration Company
Ray WalkerEncino Energy
David R. HillDavid R. Hill, Inc.
Clinton W. CameronCameron Drilling Co., Inc.
Committee Chair: Steve Downey, EnerVest Operating, LLC
Committee Chair: Jackie Stewart, Encino Energy
Committee Chair: Melissa Hamsher, Eclipse Resources
Government Affairs Committee
Committee Chair: Amanda Finn, Ascent Resources
Committee Chair: Lester Zitkus, Gulfport Energy
Committee Chair: Greg Russell, Vorys Law Firm
Committee Chair: Jim Haas, Reserve Energy
Committee Chair: Greg Mason, GeoKat, LLC
Committee Chair: Will Ratcliffe, Williams
ODNR Regulatory Committee
Committee Chair: Brandon McKinley, Ascent Resources
Committee Chair: Duane Clark, Petrox, Inc.
State and Local Tax Committee
Committee Chair: Phil Yoo, Antero Resources
Regional Producers Committee:
Committee Chair: Region I: Nathan
Levengood, Sound Energy, Inc.
Committee Chair: Joe Baker, Encino Energy
Co-Committee Chairs: Brian Chavez, Washington Operations/Condevco & David R. Hill, David R. Hill Inc.