A former geologist at Chevron and Exxon Mobil has been appointed to lead the Bakersfield office of California’s primary oil regulation agency.
The state Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources on Friday announced that Cameron Campbell is being promoted from managing permitting and field engineering for the northern portion of its local district, to becoming deputy for the entire district. The appointment takes effect May 31.
Campbell, a former U.S. Navy Reserve lieutenant, joined DOGGR in 2016 as a senior oil and gas engineer. He worked in the Taft area as a senior development geologist at Chevron from September 2012 to August 2016. Immediately before that, he served at Exxon Mobil as a senior petroleum geologist for four years in Houston.
“I am thrilled and honored to have been selected as deputy for the Inland District,” Campbell stated in DOGGR’s Friday news release. “I appreciate the confidence the department’s leadership has shown in me, and promise to work diligently to justify it.”
He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in geology at San Diego State, and is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
DOGGR's Inland District, headquartered in Bakersfield, has 78 staff members. Kern contributed 72 percent of the oil produced statewide in 2016.
DOGGR is part of the state Department of Conservation. It oversees drilling, operation, maintenance, plugging and management of oil and gas wells in the state.
"The Inland District is the heart of California's oil industry, and Cameron has the background and leadership qualities we need in this extremely challenging position," State Oil and Gas Supervisor Ken Harris, the head of DOGGR statewide, said in the news release.
The district's previous deputy, Bill Bartling, was promoted to become DOGGR's chief deputy. He is expected to divide his time between Bakersfield and Sacramento.
Campbell's appointment won approval from one of the state's leading oil trade groups, the California Independent Petroleum Association.
“We appreciate that Mr. Campbell has a background in science gained through experience in both the public and private sectors, which gives him unique insight to how policies translate to real-life operations,” CIPA CEO Rock Zierman wrote in an email.