In the Right Place at the Right Time

In the spirit of Red Cross Month – and a time when we’re focusing on our health and preparedness – one of our staff shares this story to motivate fellow Department of Conservation staff to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Your Voice Matters at CalGEM Public Health Meetings

Your voice matters. We mean it. DOC’s California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM) has begun a series of 10 meetings around the state to hear the public’s comments and suggestions about how we can develop regulations to better protect health, safety, and the environment near oil and gas production operations. Creating new rules will take…

CalGEM Replaces DOGGR in 2020

The new year brings a new name and updated focus for California’s oil, gas, and geothermal regulatory entity: the California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM). Housed within the Department of Conservation, CalGEM replaces the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR). The changes come as a result of AB 1057 (Assemblymember Limon, D-Santa Barbara),…

There’s Nothing Like a Picture

“The FLIR camera utilizes technology that lets you see the leak,” said DOGGR Engineering Geologist Andrew Lush. “In terms of us communicating with operators and the public, there’s nothing like a picture.” The Department of Conservation continues to modernize technology to improve oversight of California’s oil and gas industry. One relatively new acquisition has been…

DOC’s Women in Science Making a Difference

Women In Science Day “The Department of Conservation is home to dozens of earth science experts and experienced, talented staff. From professional engineers, to geologists, botanists, environmental scientists, and more, DOC is proud many of our science-based positions are held by women.  I am proud of the contributions DOC’s women scientists are making toward helping California achieve…

New Oil & Gas Rules Focus on Environmental Protection, Safety

By: Department of Conservation Director David Bunn DOC continues to develop and adopt new regulations to ensure that public safety and the environment are protected during oil and gas production in California. In 2018, DOC’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) finalized stronger, more comprehensive regulations for both underground natural gas storage and…

New Year New Faces at DOC

A new year means new faces for our Faces of Conservation project. Faces of Conservation does just that. It puts a face to the work our staff do daily, often outside of the public eye. We are committed to employing top scientists, engineers, technicians, supervisors, and support staff and leveraging their talent to help balance…

Oil & Gas Engineers Double as Feline Heroes

Typically, being an oil and gas engineer means handling complex hydrocarbon and geothermal technology, crunching environmental data, using a high level of analytical skill. Sometimes, the job also includes handling fuzzy little kittens. On a usual weekday last month, Brian Tillquist , a field engineer for the oil, gas, and geothermal resources division (DOGGR), and…