Michael Bill, P.E., has been named to the petroleum engineer seat on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Gov. Tony Knowles said Oct. 3.
Knowles said that Bill, a petroleum engineer with 23 years experience in the Alaska oil industry, "is an excellent choice to serve on the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
"It's great to have someone on the team with so much experience working in the oil industry," Knowles said.
Bill holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He worked as a process, production, operations/analytical, and senior operations/analytical engineer for ARCO in Texas in the 1970s before moving to Alaska in 1979. Since then, he has worked in Cook Inlet and on the North Slope in various senior engineering positions.
Bill has worked in well operations and surveillance, reservoir management and development, subsurface waste disposal, permitting and regulatory compliance and technical project management. He is the co-author of several technical papers and patents.
"The work of AOGCC is vital to the safe and economic operation of Alaska's oil and gas fields," Bill said. "I am honored to be chosen to serve on the Commission."
The three-member AOGCC is responsible for the regulation of oil and gas drilling, development, and production in Alaska. Bill fills a seat, designated for a petroleum engineer, that was previously held by Julie Heusser. He will serve out the four years remaining in her six-year term. He will earn approximately $118,300 annually.