Western Slope oil, gas group picks West as new president

A Grand Junction man, Old West Trucking owner Jim West, is the new president of the Western Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association.

West is a retired Air Force colonel who oversaw a multibillion dollar budget to rebuild Iraq’s national oil infrastructure. He worked directly with the Iraqi oil minister and reported directly to Gen. David Petreaus.

Oct. 18, 2005, was proclaimed “Col. Jim West Day” by Gov. Bill Owens.

West hopes to work with other Western Slope association officers to foster dialogue with elected officials and regulators about enhancing oil and gas development in the region while highlighting examples of best practices, technological innovations and environmental stewardship ongoing in the oil and gas sector, the association said in a statement.

West replaced Ken Leis of Laramie Energy as the head of the association.


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