Employee Highlight – Spring 2017

Amy Doebele is a petroleum specialist/environmental scientist for the oil and gas program in the Uinta Basin. She has worked for the Division since November 2015.  Her primary responsibility is to ensure responsible development of oil and gas resources in the State of Utah.

Amy is responsible for performing well and facility inspections for all aspects of oil and gas activities within her area of review.  These activities vary from the initial development and pre-site of a well to the decommissioning and reclamation of a well or facility. Her area of review includes oversight of the Greater Monument Buttes enhanced oil recovery project in Duchesne and Uintah counties. This is the largest enhance recovery waterflood project in the state, comprising of approximately 1350 water injection wells. 

Through the ongoing oversight Amy provides during these operations, she is able to work cooperatively with operators to ensure proper land management use while promoting resource extraction.  She is able to be involved in the process from start to finish, which allows her to react quickly when changes arise to ensure there is no threat to the environment or public safety.

She is also involved in developing standard operating procedures to be used by Division staff conducting various field operations, as well as guidance documents to provide operators and stakeholders with further guidance of state regulations and processes.

According to Amy, the best part of her job is the ability to be involved in nearly every aspect of oil and gas development in the basin. Her job allows the flexibility to be engaged in many different projects in the Uinta Basin and throughout the state, which many other state regulatory agencies do not have.  She grew up in a family that was involved in oil and gas, and it is very rewarding being part of an industry that is so involved in the community.

Amy graduated in 2010 with an Associate’s Degree in Animals Science from Casper College. She then transferred to the University of Wyoming and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Energy Resource Management and Development in 2013.  Before working for the Division, she worked in Denver, Colorado for an oil and gas operator as a regulatory agent. 

Amy grew up in Vernal and was very excited for the opportunity to return home and work for the Division.  She enjoys hunting and fishing and spends most of her time outside of work at Flaming Gorge or on the Green River. She and her husband often travel to Wyoming to visit family with their two dogs Moose and Cooper.