Mike Paules has more than 30 years of professional experience in the petroleum industry as both an employee of and consultant to companies involved in exploration and production, gathering and processing, transmission, refining, and marketing. He has managed programs related to environmental, health and safety, and regulatory permitting and compliance for operations located in the Rocky Mountain, West Coast and Midwest regions.

Currently, he serves as associate director for the Colorado Petroleum Council, a division of the American Petroleum Institute which is a national trade association that represents all aspects of the nation’s oil and gas industry.  Previously, he served in leadership roles since 2004 as a senior staff regulatory adviser for WPX Energy and as the senior regional EH&S manager for Williams Production RMT Co.  He started his career as an exploration geologist, followed by a transition to an environmental consultant.  He tracks and analyzes a variety of oil-and-gas-related technical and regulatory issues at the federal, state and local level. He applies his knowledge and skills in developing and implementing sound strategies to advance policies, programs and practices in promoting responsible oil and gas development.  He has participated as a member and chair of various federal and state industry trade association committees and contributes to the preparation of written comments and verbal testimony on behalf of the oil and gas industry in response to studies and proposed policies and rules.

He earned a master of science degree in geology from West Virginia University and a bachelor of science degree in geoscience with high honors from Hobart & William Smith Colleges. He is a registered geologist in Arizona and California, and a professional geologist in Utah and Wyoming.