On April 7, 2021, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced the appointment of Mark Chatterton as the Deputy State Director of Energy and Minerals in California.  (See https://www.blm.gov/press-release/bureau-land-management-welcomes-two-new-members-leadership-team-california.)  In this new role, Chatterton will be responsible for oversight of oil, gas and geothermal development as well as hard rock mining for metallic and industrial minerals on BLM managed land.  Additionally, Chatterton will oversee management of hazardous materials and abandoned mines.  Chatterton will likely have an important role in implementation of natural resource extraction policy in California under the new Biden administration.

Mark was previously the Branch Chief of Energy and Minerals and was a member of the BLM Mineral Examiner Certification Panel, which reviews all applications for Certified Mineral Examiners.  (See https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-chatterton-95453636.)  Chatterton has nearly 42 years of public service experience, and his background includes a Bachelor’s degree in geology, and a Master’s degree in outdoor recreation management, both from Brigham Young University.

Chris Powell contributed to this article.