Primary Member, Mineral/Energy Stakeholder, Royalty Policy Committee
Patrick Noah was named as a primary 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.”
Patrick Noah, after graduating from St. Ambrose University and going to law school at the University of Iowa College of Law, began working in the oil and gas industry as a staff landsman at oil and gas company Phillips Petroleum. Next, from 1985 to 1989, Noah worked as a land director at Slawson Companies, a company that engages in “oil and gas exploration, and commercial and residential real estate development businesses.” In 1989, Noah returned to Phillips Petroleum, this time serving as a land specialist. Since then, Noah has served in various roles at Phillips Petroleum, which in 2001 merged with Conoco Inc. and became ConocoPhillips. From 2001 to 2010, Noah was the ConocoPhillips’ principal land consultant for the Anchorage Alaska area, and from 2011 to October 2016, Noah was ConocoPhillips’ San Juan Basin Land Manager. Since October 2016, Noah has been working as ConocoPhillips’ manager for litigation management and royalty compliance.
Sources: [Department of Interior, Press Release, 09/01/17, LinkedIn Profile for Pat Noah, accessed 09/06/17, “Company Overview of Slawson Companies,” Bloomberg, accessed 09/06/17, and Robert Frank and Alexei Barrionuevo, “Phillips Petroleum, Conoco to Merge In Stock Deal Valued at $15.17 Billion,” Wall Street Journal, 11/19/01]
Slawson Companies (Resource Development on Public Lands)
Noah previously worked at Slawson Companies, which engages in oil and gas exploration.
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ConocoPhillips (Resource Development on Public Lands)
Noah works at multinational energy company ConocoPhillips.
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Burlington Resources Oil & Gas Company LP (Resource Development on Public Lands)
In 2014 Noah was the attorney-in-fact for Burlington Resources Oil and Gas Company LP, a subsidiary of ConocoPhillips, in Burlington's application to establish an exploratory drilling and spacing unit in La Plata County, Colorado.
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Additional Background on Employers of Note:
Patrick Noah has pushed for the expansion of oil and gas drilling throughout his career.
In 1995 Patrick Noah, on behalf of Phillips Petroleum Company, determined that “the San Juan 29-6 Unit Well Nos. 225R, 247R and 257R are capable of producing unitized substances in paying quantities from the Fruitland formation.” The New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands “concur[ed]” with Noah’s conclusions, and asked Noah to submit an “application for the appropriate expansion of the Fruitland Participating Area.” [Jami Bailey to Patrick Noah, 06/21/95]
Patrick Noah, in 2014, was the attorney-in-fact for Burlington Resources Oil and Gas Company LP, a subsidiary of ConocoPhillips, in Burlington’s application to Colorado’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to “establish an approximate 485.45-Acre exploratory drilling and spacing unit for the Fruitland Coal Formation” in La Plata County, Colorado. [“Application,” Oil and Gas Conservation Commission for the State of Colorado, 07/17/14]
- Potential Conflict of Interest:
According to his Linkedin profile, Patrick Noah is working as “Manager Litigation Management and Royalty Compliance” for ConocoPhillips. As a member of Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee, Noah 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 Pat Noah, accessed 09/06/17, and Department of Interior, Press Release, 09/01/17]