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Western States and Tribal Nations Natural Gas Initiative Announces Inaugural Board of Directors

Denver, CO – The Western States and Tribal Nations Natural Gas Initiative (WSTN), a collaborative effort between multiple stakeholders to develop markets for natural gas resources from the western U.S. states and tribal lands, today announced the appointment of its first Board of Directors.


Comprised of energy experts from across the nation, WSTN's Board of Directors shape and steers the organization’s vision to encourage, support and advocate for a robust and sustainable North American natural gas industry that exports gas produced under some of the world’s most stringent environmental standards.

The newly established Board of Directors includes a member appointed by each of the organizing government agencies that signed WSTN’s structural Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which include: New Mexico; Utah; Wyoming; the Ute Indian Tribe; the Western Colorado Counties of Garfield, Mesa, Moffat and Rio Blanco; and the State of Baja California, Mexico (pending appointment). These governments lead WSTN and are the sole bodies capable of appointing the Board.


The Board’s leadership team includes: Chairman Jason Sandel (New Mexico); Vice Chair and Government Liaison Jeffrey Hartley (Utah); Vice Chair and Industry Liaison Bobby Rolston (Wyoming); President Andrew Browning; Secretary Duane Zavadil (Colorado); and Treasurer Devin Pehrson (Ute Indian Tribe).


“We are excited to welcome WSTN’s inaugural Board of Directors who bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge to the table,” said Andrew Browning of Western States and Tribal Nations. “Our new board members will provide invaluable insight into advancing WSTN’s three guiding principles of rural economic development, tribal self-determination and lowering global emissions by developing and offering lower-emitting fuel alternatives to growing international markets.”


The members of the new WSTN Board of Directors are (in alphabetical order):

· Andrew Browning serves at the pleasure of the board as president of WSTN. With experience in both the private and government sectors, Browning has worked at the nexus of energy policy and politics for over 25 years and has a keen understanding of where Rockies natural gas plays a key role in global energy and climate change geopolitics.

· Jeffrey Hartley has decades of experience in the energy sector and has served on a variety of committees, task forces and working groups dealing with environmental issues, energy production, transportation and economic development.

Jeffrey Hartley has decades of experience in the energy sector and has served on a variety of committees, task forces and working groups dealing with environmental issues, energy production, transportation and economic development.

· Devin Pehrson is president and CEO of Ute Energy and represents the Ute Indian Tribe on the Western States and Tribal Nations Board of Directors.

· Bobby Rolston has over 30 years in the oil and gas industry, concentrating on state and local tax policy in the Rocky Mountains. He serves at the Board Representative to WSTN for the Wyoming Energy Authority.

· Jason Sandel is the Executive Vice President of Aztec Well family of companies. Sandel is a former Farmington, NM, city councilor and has also served on various state committees, including the Methane Advisory Panel and the Energy Transition Act committee. Earlier this year, he was appointed to New Mexico’s Economic Recovery Council.

· Duane Zavadil previously served as Senior Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Bill Barrett Corporation. For many years, Zavadil has been providing energy, environmental and regulatory services to the oil and gas industry.


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About Western States and Tribal Nations

Western States and Tribal Nations is a unique, trans-national initiative led by, state, county and sovereign tribal nation governments focused on creating rural economic development, advancing tribal self-determination and reducing global emissions by exporting western North American natural gas to international markets that need lower-emitting fuels.


Contact

Bryson Hull P: 202-657-2855 bhull@hbwresources.com

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