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Colorado Petroleum Council hires Michael Paules as Associate Director


Reid Porter | porterr@api.org | 202.682.8114


DENVER, April 3, 2017 – Colorado Petroleum Council Executive Director Tracee Bentley today announced Michael Paules as the new Associate Director for API’s division in Colorado.  

“Paules is a well-known, reputable leader in the oil and natural gas industry,” said Bentley. “Paules’ experience is critical for Colorado at a key moment for local and state energy policy discussions. We are establishing the path forward for continued environmental protection, sound engineering, and safe operating practices that have made Colorado a driving force in America’s global energy leadership.”  

Paules has a unique blend of technical and regulatory experience as a professional geologist; environmental, health and safety manager; and regulatory affairs advisor gained from a diverse background in the exploration, production, transport and refining segments of the petroleum industry. He applies his knowledge of federal, state and local regulations and industry operating practices to support the development of regulatory policies, procedures and metrics to reduce risks and incidents, create efficiency, and demonstrate results.  He also has extensive environmental consulting experience as a project manager directing the investigation and remediation of soil and groundwater.

“I am excited to join the leading industry voice committed to regulatory structures that promote safety, environmental protection, and responsible operations,” said Paules. “For more than 95 years, API has been the leader in developing industry standards that promote safety and reliability through the use of proven engineering practices under an ANSI-accredited process. Nearly 400 API standards are cited throughout federal and state regulations. Investing in Colorado energy means a long-term commitment to consumers, job creation and government revenue in the Centennial State.”

The Colorado Petroleum Council is a division of API, which represents all segments of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 625 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 30 million Americans.