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Kermit Witherbee

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Kermit Witherbee is a member of the Technology Systems and Sustainability Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Geothermal Energy Geologist/Analyst
On staff since January 2011
Phone number: 303-275-3882
E-mail: kermit.witherbee@nrel.gov

Areas of expertise

  • Renewable and nonrenewable energy resource assessments
  • Land use planning and NEPA
  • Development and implementation of minerals and energy policy
  • Geothermal leasing and permitting
  • Minerals exploration and development

Primary research interests

  • Policy implications for geothermal resources development
  • Geothermal resource assessments
  • Geothermal exploration and development

Education and background training

  • Continuing Education at CSM and UC Boulder
    • Borehole geophysics
    • Geostatistics
    • Computer programming and applications
  • M.A in geology, State University of NY - Oneonta, 1979
  • Continuing Education at University of Alaska - Anchorage
    • Environmental geology
    • Advanced tectonics
    • Theories of ore deposition
  • B.S. in earth science, State University of NY - Oneonta, 1968

Prior work experience

  • National Geothermal Program Manager, Bureau of Land Management, Washington, DC (2005-2010)
  • Deputy Division Chief, Fluid Minerals Division, Bureau of Land Management, Washington, DC (2001-2005)
  • Legislative Fellow, Resources Committee, House of Representatives, Washington, DC (2000-2001)
  • Deputy Group Manager, Fluid Minerals Group, Bureau of Land Management, Washington, DC (1999-2000)
  • Group Manager, Fluid Minerals Group, Bureau of Land Management, Lakewood, CO (1994-1999)
  • Supervisor Geologist, Reservoir Management Branch, Bureau of Land Management, Lakewood, CO (1985-1994)
  • District Geologist, Craig District, Bureau of Land Management, Craig, CO (1982-1985)
  • Project Manager, Exploration, Minatome Corporation, Denver, CO (1979-1982)
  • Project Geologist, Exploration, Power Resources Corporation, Fort Collins, CO (1977-1979)

Other affiliations

  • Registered Professional Geologist, Wyoming
  • Member Geological Society of America
  • Member American Institute or Professional Geologist
  • Member American Association of Petroleum Geologist
  • Member Speleological Society of America

Selected publications

Witherbee, Kermit G. (2004). "Environmental and Regulatory Aspects of Cold Bed Methane Produced Water from Federal Lands in the Powder River Basin." North American Natural Gas Supply Outlook, Denver, CO.

Hoak, T. E., Klawitter, A.L., and Witherbee, K. G. (1999). "Naval oil shale lands may hold large Piceance gas potential." Oil and Gas Journal, v. 97, no. 10, p 83-86.

Witherbee, K. G., Salwerowicz, F. A., and Hoffman, K. L. (1992). "Environmental and regulatory aspects of the management of coalbed methane development and production, Northern San Juan Basin, Colorado." Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Environmental Issues and Management of Waste. Energy and Mineral Production: Balkema Publishers. Rotterdam, Netherlands, p. 103-110.

Witherbee, K. G., and Hoffman, K. L. (1990). "Aquifer characterization in the northern San Juan Basin, Colorado, using borehole geophysical logs." Proceedings from Groundwater Engineering and Management Conference, Colorado State University, p. 397-405.

Witherbee, K. G., and Watson, R. L. (1988). "Applied geostatistics, subsurface mapping, and reservoir management using GIS technology." D.C. Peters and S.A. Krajewski, eds. Denver GeoTech 88, Geocomputing tools-PCs, Workstations, and More. Colorado Section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists, Special Issue No. 10, p. 292-299.

Watson, R. L., and Witherbee, K.G. (1988). "Application of oil and gas well database management, GIS and geologic mapping at the Colorado state Office." Bureau of Land Management, GIS Symposium-Integrating Technology and Geoscience Applications, National Academy of Science, p. 76-77.

Witherbee, K. G. (1980). "Environment geology and computer mapping of the Oneonta, N.Y. Quadrangle: A study of land development limitations based on natural factors." Geological Society of America, V. 12, No. 2.

Personal interests/hobbies

Alpine and telemark skiing, canoeing, hiking and climbing, classic British sports cars (MG's), Basset Hounds