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A Word With Dan Haley, COGA's New Executive Director

Bente Birkeland
Dan Haley recently began his position as the new executive director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association. He has a background in journalism and media consulting.

Dan Haley spent 20 years as a journalist and editor, the bulk of which was with The Denver Post. He then joined the private sector as a media consultant. Now though, Haley has taken on a new role – as the executive director of the state's largest oil and gas industry trade group, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association.

Haley replaces the outgoing executive, Tischa Schuller, who said that it was "hard to pass the baton for leading an organization that I care so much about, but Dan is the right person for the job."

Interview Highlights With Dan Haley

On How his Media Background will help him lead the industry in Colorado

"I really hope I can take some of what I learned over the years in media and really communicate some of the positive aspects of this industry to people in Colorado."

On the Biggest Challenges Facing the Oil and Gas Industry

"Making sure we're out talking to people in those communities impacted by oil and gas. Letting them know what's happening in their communities. If we're not out having those conversations other people will fill that vacuum and give them, what I consider bad information."

On what to expect from COGA moving forward

"I think it's a lot of the same things we've been doing in the past, community outreach, being involved in the legislative and regulatory process so we can hopefully influence a positive outcome for the oil and gas industry."

Bente Birkeland has been reporting on state legislative issues for KUNC and Rocky Mountain Community Radio since 2006. Originally, from Minnesota, Bente likes to hike and ski in her spare time. She keeps track of state politics throughout the year but is especially busy during the annual legislative session from January through early May.
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