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About OOGA

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.

Mission

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.

Joining Together

OOGA represents the people and companies directly responsible for the production of crude oil, natural gas, and associated products in Ohio. Expansion of the shale resource play 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 - companies focused on the exploration, discovery, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and associated liquids in the State of Ohio. OOGA members also include contractors, oilfield service and supply companies, manufacturers, utilities, refineries, accountants, attorneys, consultants, bankers, geologists, geophysicists, petroleum engineers, insurance agents and representatives, trade schools and other members of the education community, royalty owners, landowners, and college students. The Ohio Oil & Gas Association strives to serve the broad range of entities involved in the Ohio oil and natural gas industry by being an effective voice in government and the media as well as an information resource to the membership.

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OOGA History

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.

Our Staff

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Matthew Hammond
Executive Vice President
hammond@ooga.org
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Penny Seipel
Vice President of Regulatory Affairs
penny@ooga.org
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Brian Hickman
Director of Government Affairs
bhickman@ooga.org
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Deneen Welker
Operations Managing Director
Director of Finance
dwelker@ooga.org
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Mike Chadsey
Director of Public Relations
mike@ooga.org
Brad Miller
Brad Miller
Director of Membership
miller@ooga.org
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Lyndsey Kleven
Communications Manager
lyndsey@ooga.org
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Georgette McElroy
Assistant to the Executive Vice President
gmcelroy@ooga.org

Executive Committee

EnerVest Operating

PresidentSteven DowneyEnerVest Operating, LLC

Sound Energy Company, Inc.

Vice PresidentBruce LevengoodSound Energy Company, Inc.

Artext Oil Company

TreasurerGene HuckArtex Oil Company

Vorys

General CouncilGregory RussellVorys Law Firm

Ohio Oil and Gas Association

Executive Vice PresidentMatthew E. HammondOOGA

Condevco, Inc.

Brian ChavezWashington Operations/Condevco, Inc.

Ascent Resources

Amanda FinnAscent Resources, LLC

Jack K. MillerKenoil, Inc.

Reserve Energy Exploration

James HaasReserve Energy Exploration Company

Williams

William RatcliffeWilliams

David R. HillDavid R. Hill, Inc.

Clinton W. CameronCameron Drilling Co., Inc.

Board Members

OOGA Committees

Commerce Committee

Committee Chair: Steve Downey, EnerVest Operating, LLC

Communications Committee

Committee Chair: Andrea Barnes, Edgemarc Energy

Environmental Committee

Committee Chair: Melissa Hamsher, Eclipse Resources

Government Affairs Committee

Committee Chair: Amanda Finn, Ascent Resources

Legal Committee

Committee Chair: Greg Russell, Vorys Law Firm

Meetings Committee

Committee Chair: Bruce Levengood, Sound Energy, Inc.

Membership Committee

Committee Chair: Greg Mason, GeoKat, LLC

Midstream Committee

Committee Chair: Will Ratcliffe, Williams

Producers Committee

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.
Region II: Bill Hlavin, Bass Energy, Inc.
Region III & IV: Steve Sigler, Buckeye Oil Producing Co.

Technical Committee

Committee Chair: no current chair

Oilfield Patriot Award

2018
Dan Pottmeyer

Producers Service Corp.

2017
Doug & Frank Gonzalez

GonzOil, Inc.

2016
Tom Stewart

Former OOGA Executive Vice President

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Main Office
88 E Broad Street, Suite 1400
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614.824.3901
Fax: 614.824.4329