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DNRC Headquarters
1539 Eleventh Ave. Helena, MT 59601
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Billings Office

2535 St. Johns Avenue | Billings, MT 59102 | (406) 656-0040 | Fax: (406) 652-5305

Jim Halvorson

Administrator / Petroleum Geologist
Management, policy, and personnel matters; public and legislative liaison; technical expertise at hearings.
Ben Jones Petroleum Engineer
Technical requirements for drilling and plugging program; technical expertise at hearings; drilling permit processing.
George Hudak UIC Coordinator
Coordination and technical requirements for Class II Underground Injection Control program; EPA liaison; injection and disposal well permitting.
Dave Popp Chief Field Inspector
Supervision and coordination of field inspection activities; approval of abandonment plans, well workovers, and well recompletions; coordination of plugging program.
John Gizicki Compliance Specialist
Coordination of compliance activities; spill and incident reporting; inspector liaison for compliance matters.
Jennifer Breton Program Specialist
Scheduling, preparation, and coordination of BOGC meetings and public hearings; budget development and financial reports; personnel and policy matters; liaison with DNRC management; plugging and reclamation bonds.
Brea Frickle Permit Specialist / Office Manager
Permitting specialist; office management, oversight and procedures; production reporting.
Kris Goll Draftsman
Dry hole maps; field maps; library of well cutting samples.
Nancy Heinaman Permit Clerk
Maintenance of logs, reports, and records; compliance responsibility; bank deposits; data entry into database records.
Vacant Bond Tech


Production reports and injection reports; database maintenance; electronic reports and forms; special projects;  financial assurance; bond program.

Shelby Office

201 Main Street | PO Box 690 | Shelby, MT 59474 | (406) 434-2422 | Fax: (406) 434-2516

Gary Klotz Field Supervisor
Well inspections and field compliance; supervision of well abandonment and reclamation projects; geophysical inspections; problem resolution (spills, leaks, fires); deficiency reports.
John Brown Field Inspector
Well inspections and field compliance; supervision of well abandonment and reclamation projects; geophysical inspections; problem resolution (spills, leaks, fires); deficiency reports.
Katelyn Bohmer Administrative Support
Typing; filing; data entry.

Helena Office

1539 11th Avenue | P.O. Box 201601 | Helena, MT 59620-1601 | (406) 444-6731 | Fax: (406) 444-2453

Erin Ricci Administrative Assistant
Helena office oversight, division liaison for accounting, contracting, inventory, surplus equipment, records, and safety; compiles information from transportation agency reports, refiners reports, monthly gas reports and gas or extraction reports; field inspector care and maintenance including vehicle and expense reports.


Administrative Support

Caitlin Buzzas

Research of legal matters; legal counsel for the board.

Field Inspectors

Dave Popp, Chief Field Inspector

(406) 656-0040
(406) 698-4824

Gary Klotz, Field Supervisor

(406) 434-2422
(406) 698-4871

John Brown

(406) 434-2422
(406) 698-4826

Jerry Fraser

(406) 698-4832

Russ Utter 

(406) 697-0491

Sam Thielen

(406) 698-4861

Doug Reidle

(406) 698-5266

Board Members


Roy Brown

(406) 591-1072
Public Member
1/14/21 to 1/5/25
Steve Durrett
(406) 294-5990
Industry Representative
3/8/19 to 1/1/23
Paul Gatzemeier
7256 Hwy 3
Billings, MT 59106
(406) 696-9842
Without minerals
3/8/19 to 1/1/23
Mac McDermott
406 5th Ave S
Shelby, MT 59474
(406) 434-7049
Industry Representative

3/17/17 to 1/5/25

Mike Weber
PO Box 447
Fairview, MT 59221

(406) 480-3487


3/8/19 to 1/1/23

Corey Welter 
2110 Overland Ave., Suite 105
Billings, MT 59102

(406) 259-4878
Industry Representative
3/17/17 to 1/5/25

Jeff Wivholm
225 Flandrem Road
Medicine Lake, MT 59247

(406) 789-2511
Landowner with Minerals
1/14/21 to 1/5/25