Monday, October 3, 2022

Gas driller adds local advocate

Williams Production has added a local face as they work with Flower Mound residents to ease concerns about gas exploration.

Deborah Hempel-Medina, a 12-year Flower Mound resident, mother of two young children, and petroleum engineer with an MBA, has been named to the company’s newly created position of Communications and Safety Outreach Representative.

“First, she knows the technical side of our business inside and out. Second, and most important, she has a really strong reason to care about the quality of life where urban development exists,” said Kelly Swan, a spokesman for Williams Production

Hempel-Medina has more than 17 years experience in oil and gas, having worked for Marathon, Gemini Exploration, Union Pacific Resources and most recently as an account executive for IHS Inc.’s energy services division.

She has a masters in business administration from Southern Methodist University and a petroleum engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Professionally, she is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Texas Energy Council, the Petroleum Engineer’s Club of Dallas and the SMU Associate Board.

“My husband and I moved to Flower Mound in 1998. We’re the original owners of our home. We love the proximity to the hike and bike trails and streams,” Hempel-Medina explains.

“We picked Flower Mound because of its location, wonderful feel, exemplary schools and family-friendly atmosphere.”

Hempel-Medina will lead Williams’ partnerships with local non-profits, but realizes there will be challenges in other aspects of her new role.

“I’m expecting some skepticism based on everything that has been going on with the push for regulatory reform.

“My job isn’t to extol our virtues. My job is to be a resource for the community and to help ensure that we have safe and responsible operations that people understand.

“Even before Williams, I advocated for natural gas and our need for it, but right now the public has a lot of questions about the development process.

“As a mom, I understand the concerns. As an engineer, I can address them and provide another perspective.”

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