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Alternate Member, Mineral/Energy Stakeholder, Royalty Policy Committee

Jennifer Cadena Fortier is an alternate member of the Department of Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee, and as a member of this committee advises Secretary Zinke “on policy and strategies to improve management of the multi-billion dollar, federal and American Indian mineral revenue program.”

Jennifer Cadena Fortier has spent her career working for oil and gas companies. After graduating from Texas A&M University and American University’s Washington College of Law, Cadena Fortier worked in the Washington DC and Denver offices of Fulbright & Jaworski from 2008 to 2012, where she worked in the law firm’s Western Lands and Energy Practice Group. Beginning in 2012, she worked for Denver law firm Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, P.C. and was part of their Natural Resources and Environmental Practice Groups. Since 2015, she has worked as Land & Legal VP for Incremental Oil and Gas, an oil and gas exploration and production company that operates oil fields in Wyoming’s Bighorn Basin, in Sheep Springs and Round Mountain, California, and in Florence, Colorado.

Sources: [Department of Interior, Press Release, 09/01/17, Jennifer Cadena Resume, Hispanic National Bar Association, accessed 09/29/17, LinkedIn Profile for Jennifer Cadena, accessed 09/29/17, “Company Overview,” Incremental Oil & Gas, accessed 09/28/17 and “Company Presentation,” Incremental Oil & Gas, 02/16, and “Company Overview of Incremental Oil and Gas Limited,” Bloomberg, accessed 09/28/17]

 

Special Interests

Incremental Oil and Gas (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Cadena Fortier works for Incremental Oil and Gas, an oil and gas exploration and production company in Colorado.

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Denver Petroleum Club (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Cadena Fortier was a part of the Denver Petroleum Club's Mentor/Mentee Program.

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Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Cadena Fortier worked for the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in a BOEM case in 2012.

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Background Information

Previous Employers

Incremental Oil and Gas

Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, P.C.

Fulbright & Jaworski

Additional Background on Employers of Note:

Jennifer Cadena Fortier is currently the Land & Legal VP for Incremental Oil and Gas, an oil and gas exploration and production company that operates oil fields in Wyoming’s Bighorn Basin, in Sheep Springs and Round Mountain, California, and in Florence, Colorado.

Jennifer Cadena Fortier is the VP of Land & Legal at Incremental Oil and Gas, an oil and gas exploration and production company with oil fields in Wyoming, California, and Colorado. [“Company Overview,” Incremental Oil & Gas, accessed 09/28/17 and “Company Presentation,” Incremental Oil & Gas, 02/16]

Incremental Oil and Gas “owns a 100% working interest (WI) in the Silvertip oil and gas field covering an area of approximately 4,700 net acres located in the Bighorn basin; and the Florence Oilfield covering approximately 2,436 net acres located in the southern DJ basin. The company also owns 100% WI in the Sheep Springs Oilfield comprising 160 acres located in the San Joaquin Basin; and the Round Mountain Oil Field covering approximately 320 net acres that are located in the San Joaquin basin.” [“Company Overview of Incremental Oil and Gas Limited,” Bloomberg, accessed 09/28/17]

Jennifer Cadena Fortier has counseled energy companies “interested in developing federal onshore lands” on the acquisition and sale of assets and advised senior oil and gas executives “on land use and regulatory issues.” Fortier also touts her counseling of energy companies on “pre-development oil and gas issues on public lands” and “compliance with multiple federal land use and environmental laws.”

She has counseled “energy companies interested in developing federal onshore lands and private lands. Specifically, she has aided energy companies in acquiring and disposing of assets, negotiated and drafted exploration and operating agreements, counseled companies on federal and local requirements, and litigated various issues in front of agency boards, state and federal courts.” [Jennifer Cadena Resume, Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, P.C., accessed 09/28/17]

Jennifer Cadena Fortier has counseled energy companies on “pre-development oil and gas issues on public lands” and “compliance with multiple federal land use and environmental laws, such as the Federal Land Policy Management Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and Clean Water Act.” [Jennifer Cadena Resume, Hispanic National Bar Association, accessed 09/29/17]

Jennifer Cadena Fortier has represented a number of energy companies and industry associations in disputes with the Interior Department, including “energy companies” in a federal lawsuit for “failure to comply with NEPA, ESA and the Wilderness Act,” a trade association trying to force BSEE “to vacate National Notice” to the lease-holders, and a processing company assessed a civil penalty by ONRR.

Jennifer Cadena Fortier once represented a processing company that had been hit with a “civil penalty issued by ONRR.”

Cadena Fortier has “represented energy companies” in a federal lawsuit for “failure to comply with NEPA, ESA and the Wilderness Act.”

She once “represented energy company in complying with BLM regulations concerning unit agreements, assignments and federal environmental requirements.”

Jennifer Cadena Fortier “represented trade association in appeal forcing BSEE to vacate National Notice” to the lease-holders. [Jennifer Cadena Resume, Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, P.C., accessed 09/28/17]

Jennifer Cadena Fortier represented Anadarko Petroleum when it disputed the terms of oil and gas leases “as a result of the moratorium and new requirements for drilling operations that followed the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster” in 2010.

In 2012, she represented Anadarko Petroleum Corporation when it disputed whether “the Secretary of the Interior had effected a suspension of operations that extended the primary terms of certain oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico” “as a result of the moratorium and new requirements for drilling operations that followed the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster” in 2010. [183 IBLA 1, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation v. Bureau of Ocean Management, 09/20/12]

Jennifer Cadena Fortier has “advised management and staff regarding federal and Indian lands issues.”

Jennifer Cadena Fortier has “advised management and staff regarding federal and Indian lands issues.” [Jennifer Cadena Resume, Hispanic National Bar Association, accessed 09/29/17]

Jennifer Cadena Fortier once represented a “company in negotiation of settlement agreement concerning overpaid royalties to a royalty owner.”

Jennifer Cadena Fortier has represented a “company in negotiation of settlement agreement concerning overpaid royalties to a royalty owner.” [Jennifer Cadena Resume, Hispanic National Bar Association, accessed 09/29/17]

Jennifer Cadena Fortier worked for “international oil and gas companies purchasing onshore U.S. assets,” including in Oklahoma and Colorado.

Jennifer Cadena Fortier has “performed corporate, title, and environmental due diligence for international oil and gas companies purchasing onshore U.S. assets.”

Jennifer Cadena Fortier has “drafted and negotiated agreements for acquisition and divestiture of oil and gas properties, including representation of an international seller in disposition of assets in three jurisdictions, representation of international company in interpreting federal regulations and requirements to purchase assets in Oklahoma, and representation of a [sic] international company in joint venture in Colorado.” [Jennifer Cadena Resume, Hispanic National Bar Association, accessed 09/29/17]

Political Connections

Jennifer Cadena Fortier, a registered Democrat, has contributed $300 to the Colorado Democratic Party and $75 to the Colorado BlueFlower Fund, which aims to raise “money for pro-choice, Democratic women candidates.”

Jennifer Cadena Fortier is a registered Democrat in the state of Colorado. [Voter Registration Search for Jennifer Cadena Fortier, Colorado Secretary of State, accessed 09/27/17]

In January 2010, Jennifer Cadena Fortier posted it was “sometimes hard to be a liberal from a conservative city, state, and university” and work “in one of the most conservative firms in an extremely conservative field.” [Facebook post by Jennifer Cadena Fortier, 01/20/10]

In January 2016, Jennifer Cadena Fortier contributed $300 to the Colorado Democratic Party. In September 2016, Jennifer Cadena Fortier contributed $75 to the Colorado BlueFlower Fund, the EMILY’s List-allied “successor to the Democratic Women’s Political Action Committee (PAC), which raised money for pro-choice, Democratic women candidates in Colorado for a number of years.” [“Report of Receipts and Disbursements,” Colorado Democratic Party, 03/20/16, Colorado TRACER search for Jennifer Cadena, accessed 09/27/17, and “History,” Colorado BlueFlower Fund, accessed 09/27/17]

Current Activity

  • Potential Conflict of Interest:

Jennifer Cadena Fortier is the VP of Land and Legal for Incremental Oil. As an alternate member of Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee, Simpson will be advising Zinke “on policy and strategies to improve management of the multi-billion dollar, federal and American Indian mineral revenue program.” Holding these two positions simultaneously could be a potential conflict of interest. [LinkedIn Profile for Jennifer Cadena, accessed 09/27/17 and Department of Interior, Press Release, 09/01/17]

Other Information

Jennifer Cadena Fortier was involved in the Denver Petroleum Club’s Mentor/Mentee Program.

In 2012 and 2013, Jennifer Cadena Fortier was a part of the Denver Petroleum Club’s Mentor/Mentee Program. [LinkedIn Profile for Jennifer Cadena, accessed 09/28/17 and Jennifer Cadena Resume, Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, P.C., accessed 09/28/17]

Jennifer Cadena Fortier was the Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s Public Lands Committee.

Jennifer Cadena Fortier served as the Vice Chair of the Public Lands Committee for the American Bar Association. [LinkedIn Profile for Jennifer Cadena, accessed 09/28/17]