CIPA Committees

CIPA has several standing committees to study, review, and make recommendations about specific issues.  Committee chairs and members are volunteers who offer their experience and expertise for the collective benefit of the association.

Are you interested in learning more about CIPA's committees? If so, contact a CIPA staff member or committee chair directly.


Explores solutions for operators subject to CalGEM’s indemnity bond requirements related to liabilities for plugging and abandonment of oil and gas operations.

Chair: Hormoz Ameri, Naftex Operating Company


Provides direction and support for CIPA’s Political Action Committees in order to elect pro-industry legislators and defeat adverse ballot measures.


Economic Policy and Taxation

Provides analysis and advice on income tax and economic policy proposals and decisions affecting members.

Chair: Ryan Nielsen, Brown Armstrong Accountancy Corporation

Executive Advisory

Comprised of past Chairmen and Presidents of CIPA to advise on ad hoc association issues.

Staff: Rock Zierman, CIPA


Engages in planning and direct advocacy to protect the industry’s future.

Staff: Sean Wallentine, CIPA


Forum for exploring ways industry can use the courts to protect their assets and ability to do business in California.

Chair: Mark Greenfield, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLC

Los Angeles Environmental Affairs   

Forum for sharing experiences and updates about environmental regulatory challenges with a focus on the L.A. area.

Chair: Ivan Tether, Tether Law    


Provides strategy and outreach to attract and retain new association members.

Chair: Bob Demos, Crimson Resource Management

Staff: Laura Wilkin, CIPA

Nominating and Bylaws

Recommends candidates for Board and Officer elections and advises on adherence and updates to association bylaws.

Chair: Chris Hall, Drilling & Production Co.


Explores strategies to improve the permitting process for CIPA members.

Chair: Joe Eller, Holmes Western Oil Corporation

Plugging & Abandonment Standards

Reviews P&A Standards and P&A Cost Estimating Methods to reduce costs and improve CalGEM regulations.

Chair: Joe Eller, Holmes Western Oil Corporation

Property Tax

Studies and reports on changes to the taxable value of mineral rights in California.

Chair: Brad DeWitt, PETROtech  

Public Affairs

Explores strategies for positive and effective messaging on CIPA issues.

Chair: Olivia Simonson, California Natural Resources Group (CalNRG)

San Joaquin Valley Environmental Affairs

Forum for sharing experiences and updates about environmental regulatory challenges with a focus on the SJV area.

Chair: Alex Holmes, Holmes Western Oil Corporation











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