NR 2003-11
April 30, 2003

Contact: Ed Wilson
Mark Oldfield
Don Drysdale
(916) 323-1886


SACRAMENTO – Hal Bopp has been named State Oil and Gas Supervisor, California Department of Conservation Director Darryl Young announced.

Bopp, who has worked for DOC’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources since 1975, replaces Bill Guerard. After nine years as chief of the division, Guerard retired last September.

“In the search for a new State Oil and Gas Supervisor, it was crucial that we find someone who was respected not only by DOGGR staff, but also by industry and other public entities as well,” Young said. “Equally critical to the position is the ability to lead the division into the future. Hal Bopp has all of those qualities.”

Bopp's main responsibilities 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 regulating the drilling, operation, maintenance, and plugging and abandonment of wells and related facilities. He will also coordinate the division's activities with those of industry; professional, civic, and independent groups; and other governmental agencies.

Bopp graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in civil engineering in 1969. He then joined the Navy, serving as a civil engineer in Japan until 1972. He spent three years with Caltrans before coming to the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources. He served in several capacities with DOGGR, most recently as District Deputy for Oil and Gas District 4 (Kern County) for 12 1/2 years.

California ranks fourth among oil producing states behind Louisiana, Texas and Alaska, respectively. California produced 293.7 million barrels of oil in 2001 from 47,263 wells in 206 active oil fields, including federal offshore fields. California also produced 380 billion cubic feet of natural gas in 2001.