Neslin reappointed to oil, gas regulatory job

The state regulator who has been integral to the rewriting and implementation of Colorado’s oil and gas development rules will remain in his job.

Mike King, executive director of the state Department of Natural Resources, said this morning that David Neslin will continue in his role as director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

Neslin was one of numerous heads of state agencies who were told they would have to reapply for their jobs under the administration of new Gov. John Hickenlooper. An attorney, Neslin has headed the commission for more than three years, and oversaw a wide-ranging and controversial rules rewrite intended to better protect the public and environment.

Other finalists for the job were John Benton, a petroleum engineer and executive with Rex Energy, and Robert McDonald, a natural resources consultant.

Speaking at the oil and gas commission’s meeting this morning, King said Neslin has agreed to stay in his position for another year. He praised Neslin’s performance, including working to “make sure we continue to get (drilling) permits out the door in time and do all the things that are critical to our state’s future.”

Michael Dowling, the commission’s chairman, said, “I don’t know many individuals who could have taken us through both the writing and implementation of the new rules as effectively as director Neslin.”


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