Governor’s Energy Advisor Retires After More Than 27 Years with State

SALT LAKE CITY – Dianne R. Nielson, Energy Advisor to Governor Gary R. Herbert, has announced her intent to retire from state government, after serving for nearly three decades.

“The opportunity to work for the citizens of Utah for more than 27 years has been a great honor and privilege. Serving at the pleasure of six governors during that time has given me an enormous appreciation for the dedication, wisdom, and vision each of you have provided for Utah,” Nielson wrote in a Dec. 15, 2010, letter to Governor Herbert.

Dr. Nielson has served as the Governor’s Energy Advisor since June 2007. She has previously served as Executive Director of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality and Director of the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining, and Senior Economic Geologist for the Utah Geological Survey.

“I applaud Dianne’s service to this State, and I praise her leadership on energy development, environmental quality and stewardship of our natural resources,” Governor Herbert said. “Her efforts have been key to the responsible development of Utah’s energy future, and I wish her the best of luck in the future.”

Dr. Nielson has been instrumental in projects such as cleanup of the Atlas uranium mill tailings and the Sharon Steel tailings, and the Kennecott groundwater cleanup, and the destruction of stockpiled chemical weapons. She has also helped Utah become a leader in clean Compressed Natural Gas transportation infrastructure.

Dr. Nielson earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in geology from Dartmouth College, and her B.A. from Beloit College. She is a Licensed Professional Geologist, a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, and a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.