NGL partners with the State of New Mexico to secure approximately 10,000 acres of Lesser Prairie Chicken habitat
Department of Game and Fish reveals new property purchase in Southeast New Mexico
SANTA FE – On Thursday, September 23 the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish was joined by members of the State Game Commission; representatives of NGL Energy Partners, LP; Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department Secretary Sarah Cottrell Propst; and members of the public to cut the ribbon on a property, recently purchased for the purpose of enhancing wildlife conservation including the Lesser Prairie Chicken, grassland birds and pronghorn antelope and grassland habitats.
The acquisition of the Pipkin Ranch, located about 40 miles southeast of Fort Sumner, NM was made possible through a public-private partnership between the State of New Mexico and NGL Energy Partners. This purchase of 7,500 acres connects two previously owned Department properties, resulting in the creation of a large-scale connectivity project of over 10,000 acres for New Mexico wildlife.
Game and Fish Director Mike Sloane said, “this willing public-private partnership is an example of the positive work that can occur when we all recognize the value of conservation. I am excited to have been a part of this effort and believe that it will stand as an example going forward as we begin to implement the 30 x 30 initiative recently advanced by the Governor.”
Game Commission Chairwoman Sharon Salazar Hickey sad, “purchasing and maintaining property such as this ranch provide a great example of conserving wildlife alongside wind energy development.” She added, “to the average eye, the Pipkin Ranch might look like rolling grassland with little value; but to the Lesser Prairie Chicken it is a chance for growth – an important conservation stronghold!”
The Lesser Prairie Chicken is an iconic American grouse species that has been considered for federal listing through the Endangered Species Act. The Lesser Prairie Chicken tends to occupy native grasslands and prairies. One of the primary causes for concern for the Lesser Prairie Chicken is loss of habitat. It is estimated that 90% of the species habitat has diminished across their historical range.
NGL Energy Partners, LP is a diversified, publicly traded, mid-stream energy and infrastructure company, with the bulk of its New Mexico operations focused on the management of oil and gas waste water. NGL selflessly stepped in to facilitate this purchase – ensuring that this property, with it’s known multiple Lesser Prairie Chicken leks, would be added to the State’s conservation portfolio.
Matthias Sayer, on behalf of NGL Energy Partners said, “it was organic and natural to engage with Game and Fish, and talk about overlapping interests in the conservation of game and non-game wildlife species.”
This public-private partnership came about just days before Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s 30 x 30 initiative was issued.
Sayer quoted from Governor Lujan Grisham’s executive order Protecting New Mexico’s Land, Watersheds, Wildlife and Natural Heritage, “voluntary practices implemented by land managers, including private landowners and leaseholders, on working lands (both private and public) provide opportunities to support broader restoration activities, improve watershed health, create resilience in rural and urban communities, add value to the food chain and food security, and contribute to the state’s outdoor recreation and eco-tourism economy, [agencies] shall review and utilize existing authorities, funding and programs within their respective Departments or Offices to support and implement programs designed to conserve, protect and enhance lands and natural environments across the State, coordinate with external stakeholders to the maximum extent practicable, enhance biodiversity, preserve landscapes with the potential to increase water yields or infiltration, wildlife habitat and promote healthy soils and watersheds and finally to ensure movement across the landscape.” Sayer continued, “That is exactly what has been done here today and we are happy to be a part of it.”
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Linda Bridges is our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. She has over 14 years of experience in various Finance-related roles. Ms. Bridges joined the Partnership in June 2016 as the Partnership’s Vice President of Finance and Treasurer and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Finance and Treasurer in April 2018. Prior to joining the Partnership, she spent nine years in the commercial division at Bank of Oklahoma, primarily as a lender to both upstream and midstream energy clients. Linda holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma and received her undergraduate degree at Washburn University.
Senior Vice President – Administration and Risk Management
Brad Cooper joined NGL in June of 2021 and serves as our Senior Vice President of Administration and Risk Management. Mr. Cooper has over twenty years of experience in the energy sector working for public companies with experience across upstream, midstream and downstream. He joined NGL after 10 years at WPX Energy where he was most recently Vice President of Finance and Treasurer overseeing corporate finance, the enterprise hedging program, strategic planning and risk management. Prior to WPX Energy he spent 15 years at The Williams Companies in varying corporate finance and risk management leadership roles. Mr. Cooper is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Krimbill is our Chief Executive Officer and also serves as a member of the Board of Directors. He has over 20 years’ experience in executive roles in the propane industry. He was the past President and Chief Financial Officer of Energy Transfer Partners LP from 2004 through 2007, and a former Director of Energy Transfer Equity, the General Partner of Energy Transfer Partners. At Heritage Propane Partners, the predecessor of Energy Transfer Partners, Mr. Krimbill filled various roles from 1990 through 2004, including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Krimbill served as a member of Williams’ Partners LP board from 2007 – 2012, where he was a member of the Audit Committee and the Chairman of the Conflicts Committee. He also served on the board of Pacific Commerce Bank from 2011-2015. Mr. Krimbill is a graduate of Michigan State University.
Mr. Wade is the President of EIG Global Energy Partners and a member of its Investment and Executive Committees. He has broad involvement in the firm’s various activities including investments, investor relations, operations and strategic initiatives. Since joining EIG in 1996, Mr. Wade has filled various roles including Chief Operating Officer, head of the direct lending strategy, investment principal with coverage responsibility for Australia and an analyst for the oil and gas team. Prior to joining EIG, Mr. Wade was a Commercial Lending Officer for First Interstate Bank of Texas, where he was responsible for developing a middle-market loan portfolio. Mr. Wade received his B.A. in Economics and his B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.
Executive Vice President – Strategic Initiatives
John A. Ciolek joined NGL Energy Partners, LP during 2019 and serves as its Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, including its sustainability efforts. Prior to joining NGL, Mr. Ciolek was a Managing Director of Investment Banking in the oil and gas group at Credit Suisse. He joined Credit Suisse in August 2015 from J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., where he had served since 2011 as head of the Midstream/MLP business within the North American energy group. He previously served for fourteen years with Citigroup’s Global Energy Group, and before that at Paine Webber, Inc. Over the course of his banking career, Mr. Ciolek completed a wide range of investment banking transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets, high yield and investment grade debt and corporate lending transactions. John received a MBA with Distinction from the University of Michigan and BA in Political Economy from Williams College.
Senior Vice President of Administration and Legal Counsel
Ms. Hamilton joined NGL in February of 2015 as the Director of Training and Compliance. Since that time, Ms. Hamilton has held positions of increasing responsibility within the Human Resources, Benefits, and Insurance departments, while acting as counsel on employment law matters. Ms. Hamilton has represented and counseled companies for more than 20 years as a licensed attorney in the federal and state courts of Oklahoma and Arkansas. Prior to joining NGL, Ms. Hamilton was Of Counsel at Wilkin/McMurray PLLC; a partner at Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson, LP; and an Adjunct Professor of Employment Law at OSU-Tulsa. Ms. Hamilton has been an author and contributing author on several publications and a speaker at national conferences on employment law. Ms. Hamilton is a graduate of Hendrix College and the University of Arkansas School of Law.