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Conversation with the COGCC
Denver Athletic Club
1325 Glenarm Pl.
Denver, CO 80204

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM MDT
Category: Speaker Series

 A Conversation with the COGCC: Featuring Julie Murphy

We are excited to welcome the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) Director, Julie Murphy, to the Denver Petroleum Club Speaker Series. Ms. Murphy will provide an update on the state of affairs at the COGCC and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), with a moderated Q&A with the audience to follow. Coffee and a breakfast buffet is included with admission.

Registration is now closed. Tickets will be available at the door for $35, regardless of membership status. All sales are final and non-refundable. 

Speaker & Moderator:

Julie Murphy (Speaker) - Director, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

Julie Murphy was appointed as the COGCC Director on July 1, 2020, from her position as Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor. Murphy’s strong oil and gas regulatory expertise draws from 7 years of service with the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. Murphy has knowledge of the complex issues, including conflicts, facing natural resource management from the policy, technical and legal perspectives and works with Colorado’s diverse oil and gas stakeholders to find common sense, consensus solutions. Murphy will now lead the division’s transition from a historically volunteer-led commission to a professional commission structure. Prior to her appointment in 2020, she served as the COGCC’s Director and the Hearings and Regulatory Affairs Manager. Also, she was an Assistant Attorney General representing the Commission and Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety. In the private sector, Julie spent five years representing clients in land use, natural resources, private property, and environmental disputes. Murphy’s remarkable work experience is also matched by her education. She earned a B.S. in Wildlife Biology, Kansas State University; a Master of Earth and Environmental Resources Management and J.D. from the University of South Carolina; and a Masters of Studies in Environmental Law from the Vermont Law School. As a Denver native, she can be found exploring the wilderness with Ben and their son Walter on foot, in a raft, or on skis when not working.

Trisha Fanning (Moderator) - President, Ardor Environmental and Founder, Small Operator Society

Trisha Fanning is the President and owner of Ardor Environmental LLC.   Ms. Fanning has over ​twenty one years regulatory compliance experience managing numerous projects throughout the United States.  Trisha is responsible for oversight of company operations; management of project team members and provides technical regulatory expertise for water (CWA, NPDES, SPCC, SWPPP, BWQ), waste (RCRA, CERCLA, TSCA , SARA/TRI reporting), and air regulations (CAA MACT, NSPS, NESHAP standards) for oil and gas, ethanol, pharmaceutical, and chemical/petrochemical facilities.   

Ms. Fanning has substantial Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) compliance expertise.  She has conducted several comprehensive compliance audits under the COGCC’s new penalty framework and has worked to develop robust compliance programs for multiple operators to mitigate significant penalties.   Trisha also represents oil and gas clients in stakeholder meetings, commission hearings, enforcement and litigation proceedings.  Trisha has established a stellar reputation with the Commissioners and COGCC technical staff as one of the few credible technical consultants that really knows the COGCC rules and regulations. Trisha uses this expertise, knowledge, and credibility with the COGCC and its staff to benefit her clients through an everchanging regulatory environment. 

Additionally, she conducts transactional due diligence for acquisition and divestiture projects throughout the United States; along with expertise in supporting the development of regulatory applicability programs and compliance database systems.   Trisha provides mentorship and professional development to her staff to proactively manage client relationships; evaluate leads and potential projects that are best suited for company expertise and assist in proposal preparation, technical writing, and marketing, along with representing the company at technical conferences, networking events, and professional associations.

Ms. Fanning is co-founder of Small Operator Society which was created to represent privately owned oil and gas companies during the rulemakings associated to Colorado Senate Bill 19-181 passed in April 2019.  Ms. Fanning currently is representing and handling the regulatory affairs for over 50 operators during the COGCC rulemakings.

Ms. Fanning is the past President of Rocky Mountain Association of Environmental Professionals (RMAEP) and has held a board position for over six years.  She is currently on the Board of Directors for Denver Petroleum Club (DPC) and previously served on the Board of Advisors for Western Energy Alliance (WEA). Furthermore, Trisha has been an on-going volunteer for Junior Achievement (JA) supporting the Colorado for Responsible Energy Development (CRED) JA in a day education of 4th graders and the Youth Professionals Group. Trisha also can be heard on the Crude Audacity podcast Grace, grits and oil.