Lon Stewart has joined the Idaho Department of Lands as its petroleum engineer.
In this position, Stewart will assist the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission with its duties as the regulatory entity overseeing exploration, drilling, and production of oil and gas resources on private, state and federal land in Idaho. The IDL is the administrative arm of the commission.
Stewart has 30 years of experience in operations and environmental regulatory compliance in the petroleum, hazardous waste and mining industries. His focus in the petroleum industry has been on natural gas production and gas compression. Stewart previously worked for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality as a permit writer for hazardous waste facilities. He also performed inspections at hazardous waste generators and permitted sites, and reviewed remediation and closure plans for landfills and storage facilities.
Stewart has also worked in private industry, providing regulatory compliance expertise at hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facilities throughout the western United States. He also audited sites for compliance with environmental regulations.
The Idaho Department of Water Resources selected Stewart to serve on the advisory committee that put together the Treasure Valley Comprehensive Aquifer Management Plan, to ensure the Treasure Valley has an adequate water supply over the next 50 years.
Stewart earned his Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering with honors from the University of Texas-Austin. He is a registered professional engineer in Idaho, Texas and Arizona.