Thomas E. Stewart
Tom Stewart serves as the executive vice president of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA), having been elected to that position in September 1991. Stewart is the chief executive officer of the Association and its operations; editor of the Association’s publications; an industry spokesman to media outlets and other forums; treasurer of the Association’s political action committee; and serves as the public policy advocate in Columbus and Washington D.C. on behalf of OOGA’s members’ interests.
Stewart serves as the Ohio associate representative to the Interstate Oil and Natural Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) (www.iogcc.state.ok.us/), having been appointed to that position by Governor George Voinovich in 1997. IOGCC is an organization of governors of the oil and natural gas producing states established to promote the conservation and efficient recovery of domestic oil and natural gas resources while protecting health, safety and the environment.
Stewart is an active participant with the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA)(www.ipaa.org ) and serves on the IPAA Environment and Safety Committee, the Communications Steering Committee, the Gas Pipeline Safety Sub-Committee, Stewart is a founding member of the management team organizing the national BRIEF Project (Bringing Real Information on Energy Forward) that has evolved into the Energy in Depth Program (EID). (www.energyindepth.org) Stewart serves as the executive director of EID – The Ohio Project.
In December 2001, Stewart was elected to the Board of the State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations, Inc. (STRONGER) as one of three representatives for the U.S. oil and gas exploration and production industry. On August 31, 2012, Stewart was selected to serve as chairman of the STRONGER Board, marking his second rotation through the organization’s officer seats.
STRONGER is a non-profit organization created to administer and advance the state review process of the States’ oil and gas exploration and production waste management regulatory programs. (www.strongerinc.org) The STRONGER process has since been expanded to contain critical E&P issues, including regulation of hydraulic fracturing and well construction practices. STRONGER is a stakeholder-driven process with equal representation from government, industry and the environmental community. STRONGER’s objective is to foster constant improvements in state oil and gas regulatory programs in order to protect human health, safety and the environment. STRONGER recently won critical praise within reports issued by the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board (SEAB) Interim Report on Shale Gas Production and the National Petroleum Council (NPC) report “Prudent Development: Realizing the Potential of Abundant North American Natural Gas and Oil Resources”
From August 2002 to November 2005, Stewart served as the secretary treasurer of the Liaison Committee of Cooperating Oil and Gas Associations. The Liaison is a national network organization of state and regional trade associations that represent the independent oil and gas exploration and production industry in the United States. Stewart was responsible for coordinating the organization’s efforts.
Prior to joining OOGA, Mr. Stewart has fifteen years of formal experience in the oil and gas industry as an oil and gas producer and provider of contract drilling services. He is the third generation of his family to engage in exploration, development and production of crude oil and natural gas. The family heritage extends back to the original oil regions of western Pennsylvania and southeastern Ohio.