PureWest Energy Announces Kristel Franklin as Chief Operating Officer

DENVER, Colo. – PureWest Energy, LLC (“PureWest”), an independent natural gas company based in Wyoming’s Green River Basin, announced the appointment of Kristel Franklin as Chief Operating Officer. As the newest addition to PureWest’s leadership team, Kristel will play a pivotal role in new business development opportunities, advancing asset development, and furthering the company’s differentiated natural gas strategy. Prior to her role as COO, Kristel served on PureWest’s Board of Managers since 2020.

Franklin began her career in energy exploration and production (“E&P”) with ExxonMobil in 2003. She has since amassed nearly 20 years of diversified experience with an extensive background in domestic onshore projects. Franklin brings to PureWest a strong portfolio of expertise across integrated E&P and midstream operations. Most recently, she led Moontower Resources for Oaktree Capital in the Permian Basin from 2018 onward, achieving a successful exit in late 2022.

Kristel brings decades of experience in the oil and gas industry to PureWest. Her proven operational expertise, strategic vison, and business acumen will be a great addition to our leadership team,” said PureWest CEO Chris Valdez. “As a valued voice on our board for over two years, Kristel has continuously reflected dedication to our core mission and shown her commitment to developing PureWest’s position as a responsible, and reliable energy producer.


I am honored and excited to join the best-in-class PureWest team,” said PureWest COO Kristel Franklin. “Throughout my career, I have seen firsthand the advancements the energy sector has made, and PureWest is a genuine industry leader investing in innovation and offering the cleanest, most competitive product on the market today. I am looking forward to contributing to PureWest’s future success.

About PureWest

PureWest Energy, LLC is a private energy company focused on developing its long-life gas reserves in Wyoming’s Green River Basin where the Company controls more than 114,000 net acres in and around the prolific Pinedale and Jonah Fields. PureWest is focused on achieving ever-higher ESG performance as part of its commitment to stakeholders and has an industry leading methane intensity rate of 0.05%, more than two years with zero motor vehicle incidents, and PureWest’s employee led community investment program. Additional information is available at PureWest.com.

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