IPAA Selects New Leadership

Mike Linn of Linn Energy, Pittsburgh and Buddy Kleemeier of Kaiser-Francis Oil Company, Tulsa selected chairman and vice chairman respectively.

WASHINGTON DC (November 1, 2005) — The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) announced its new leadership at its 76th annual meeting in Houston last week ï Mike Linn of Linn Energy, LLC in Pittsburgh was named chairman and Henry G. “Buddy” Kleemeier of Kaiser-Francis Oil Company in Tulsa was named vice chairman. Linn follows outgoing Chairman John B. Walker of EnerVest Management Partners, Houston.

IPAA is the national trade association representing oil and natural gas producers that drill 90 percent of the nation’s oil and natural gas wells. These companies account for 68 percent of America’s oil production and 82 percent of its natural gas production. Linn and Kleemeier will have a two-year term in their leadership posts.

In a speech to IPAA’s general membership, Linn outlined four priorities during his chairmanship: increasing the association’s overall litigation efforts; continuing to focus on federal land issues, including offshore oil and gas exploration; publicizing the need for a better industry image and a stronger workforce; and ensuring that Congress and the federal government “does no harm” to the industry through unnecessary regulation or legislation.

Mike Linn, IPAA Chairman, Pittsburgh, PA

Mike Linn is president and CEO of Linn Energy, LLC, based in Pittsburgh, PA. Linn formed Linn Energy to acquire, develop and produce oil and natural gas properties in the Appalachian Basin, with a primary focus in Pennsylvania, New York, Kentucky and West Virginia.

Linn previously served as president of Allegheny Interests (2000-2002), and president and CEO of Meridian Exploration Company, Pittsburgh (1990-2000). He also held other positions at Meridian Exploration, including vice president and general counsel. Mr. Linn was an attorney with the firm Ecker, Ecker, Zoffer & Rome, Pittsburgh from 1977-1980.

He holds numerous positions within the oil and natural gas community, having served as president for three state organizations: the Independent Petroleum Association of New York, the Independent Oil and Gas Association of Pennsylvania and the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia. He is on the board of the Natural Gas Supply Association and previously was chairman of the Appalachian Energy Group. Linn was appointed by former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge to be an alternate on the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.

Linn previously served as chairman of IPAA’s Tax and Natural Gas Committees. He has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress and has been widely published and quoted by the news media.

He holds a BA in political science from Villanova University and a law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Linn’s civic activities include serving as director of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Center for Autism, vice president of the Virginia Manor Association, member of the New Idea Factory for Allegheny County, former director of the Mercy Hospital Foundation, former chairman of the Mt. Lebanon Parking Authority and community relations liaison for the Mt. Lebanon School Board.

Henry G. “Buddy” Kleemeier, IPAA Vice Chairman, Tulsa, OK

Kleemeier is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Kaiser-Francis Oil Company .Kaiser-Francis is a privately owned independent exploration and production company with headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Kaiser-Francis and its subsidiaries operate producing properties in thirteen states, and produces approximately 200 million cubic feet of natural gas and 5,000 barrels per day of petroleum liquid production.

For the past fifteen years, Kleemeier has been regarded as one of the nation®s experts on natural gas supply. He has developed and maintained an on-going analysis and study of North American natural gas supply and demand, and has addressed his findings and conclusions on this subject to numerous groups, including the United States Congress and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Kleemeier is the past chairman of IPAA®s Natural Gas Committee and is a former member of the Natural Gas Council. Kleemeier®s background is petroleum engineering, having graduated with that degree from Texas A&M University in 1966. Kleemeier is a native Texan, having grown up in Houston, but has resided in Oklahoma for the last 27 years and now considers himself an “OKIE.”