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Adams County Hires Oil and Gas Inspector

Adam Kraich has joined the Adams County Community and Economic Development (CED) Department as Oil and Gas Inspector. In this role, Kraich will be responsible for field inspections, complaint response, guidance and outreach, and enforcement of county regulations.

“Oil and gas development is a tremendously important and sensitive issue in Adams County, and we needed to find the right individual for the inspector position,” said Norman Wright, CED director. “Not only does Adam have a wealth of experience in various positions in the oil and gas industry, but he is a proven professional who understands the nuances of the job.”

The inspector position was created when the Adams County Board of Commissioners entered into an agreement with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) in an effort to increase public outreach and provide administration of the county’s new oil and gas regulations approved in March 2016. Under this agreement, the inspector position is funded by the county and trained by the COGCC and will conduct inspections on behalf of both agencies.

“When the board passed the updated oil and gas regulations last year, our constituents were passionate and vocal about the topic, and it deserves the attention of a full-time and independent local inspector in addition to the COGCC inspector,” said Eva J. Henry, Board of Commissioners Chair. “Now that we have a full staff to focus on oil and gas, we can make sure to enforce the regulations on the books and conduct outreach to the public.”

A Colorado native, Kraich has worked in the oil and gas industry since 2008. He started working for a small service company in the operational and safety divisions and then moved into the role of senior supervisor of many facets of oil service, including production, training, administration, compliance, health, safety, and environmental. In 2013, Kraich took a position with Anadarko, one of Colorado’s largest oil and gas producers, and was formally trained in almost every aspect of its operation.