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Administrator for EPA's South Central Region (Region 6)

Ken McQueen

Ken McQueenKen McQueen is the Administrator for EPA's Region 6 office in Dallas.  Region 6 serves Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and 66 tribes.  Ken has extensive experience in public service and industry working in the south central region of the United States on water, natural resource and energy issues. Most recently he served as the state of New Mexico Cabinet Secretary for the Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) from 2016 to 2018, where he worked to streamline rules and regulations.

Prior to heading New Mexico’s EMNRD, Ken served as Vice President at WPX Energy from 2012 to 2016, where he managed the company’s assets in New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming. From 2002-2011, he led Williams’ operations in the San Juan and Green River basins. During this time, he also served as an adjunct professor in petroleum engineering at the University of Tulsa. He served as a joint venture engineer for Vintage Petroleum Inc. from 1994 to 2002, managing all non-operated properties across 12 states and multiple basins. Ken also worked as a petroleum engineer at Amerada Hess Corp. from 1982 to 1994.