Regulatory Panel

John Borkovich

John Borkovich, P.G., is the Groundwater Monitoring Section Chief for the California State Water Resources Control Board. From 1986 to 2000, he worked in the private sector for geotechnical engineering and groundwater cleanup consultants.  John came to the State Water Board in 2001 to work for the groundwater protection program.  He was unit chief of the brownfields and Department of Defense site cleanup program in 2005 and later led the Groundwater Ambient Monitoring & Assessment (GAMA) Unit from 2006 to 2014.  John is currently the Groundwater Monitoring Section Chief that oversees GAMA and oil and gas monitoring activities.

Bill Bartling

Bill Bartling is the Inland District Deputy for the Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources in Bakersfield California. The Inland District includes all or portions of Kern, Kings, Tulare, Inyo, Fresno and Madera Counties, which accounts for over 80% of oil and gas production in California.
Prior to joining DOGGR in October, 2015, Bill was General Manager of Borehole Imaging for OptaSense Ltd, President and CEO of SR2020, Sr. Director of Market Strategy at Silicon Graphics, Manager of Technical Computing at Occidental Oil and Gas, Sr. VP of Software Engineering at CogniSeis Development and Earth Scientist/Manager in exploration, production and research at Chevron.
Bill has a BA in Biological Sciences from UC Santa Barbara and a MS in Geology from San Diego State University, is Vice President of SEG Pacific Section and sits on the Advisory Board of the San Diego State University Center for Computational Sciences. Member of SPE, AAPG, SEG and EAGE.

Steven Wells


Steven Wells since April 2011 serves as the Division Chief for Fluid Minerals as the head of the onshore Federal program in Washington DC office of the Bureau of Land Management and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).  Mr. Wells grew up in Wyoming and earned a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Wyoming.  His Federal career began as a summer seasonal with the BLM in 1987 in Wyoming with surveying and wildland firefighting, including helitack.  He moved to Nevada to work in the BLM Mining Law and environmental compliance programs for the Carlin Trend area.  Mr. Wells then served at the BLM Nevada State Office as a petroleum engineer and also worked in the geothermal program until 2002.  Mr. Wells later served as a Supervisory Petroleum Engineer for the BLM in Santa Fe, NM.  He moved to DC in 2005 to serve as Senior Analyst for the BLM headquarters in DC, and then earned a position of Deputy State Director for Natural Resources of the Eastern States prior to his current position.  With the BLM, Mr. Wells is responsible for leading the onshore oil and gas program for 40,000 leases, 100,000 wells, and roughly $3 Billion in annual royalties, plus Indian fiduciary trust responsibilities of the oil and gas operations.  The BLM also reaches out to the SPE to provide technical presentations to our engineering staff.

Mary Jane Wilson

Ms. Wilson is President and Chief Executive Officer of WZI Inc., a professional services consulting firm headquartered in Bakersfield, California. WZI has established itself in the environmental and petroleum engineering fields with services ranging from strategic planning, permitting, regulatory compliance, pollution evaluation and cleanups, site assessment, air permitting, health risk assessment and reserve evaluations. Ms. Wilson is a Stanford-educated petroleum engineer, being the first female to graduate from the university with a B.S. in petroleum engineering. She is also a registered National Environmental Property Assessor. She is recognized internationally as an environmental specialist. Ms. Wilson was appointed by Congress as the environmental industry expert to review the operations at the Naval Petroleum Reserve No 1 (NPR-1) at Elk Hills. Ms. Wilson has served on the Boards of the California Independent Petroleum Association and Stanford’s Earth Science Advisory Board. She also held the title of Chairman of the Kern Economic Development Corporation. Currently Ms. Wilson serves the National Petroleum Council. Editor of the Environmental Monograph, “Environmental Engineering For Exploration And Production Activities”, Ms. Wilson is a distinguished lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and the 1999 recipient of the society’s highest award for environmental achievement.