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Tatanka Midstream announces new Chief Operating Officer

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Tatanka Midstream, LLC (Tatanka) has announced Christine Whelchel has joined the company as a founder and its chief operating officer (COO). In addition to oversight responsibility for the integration, efficiency and effectiveness of Tatanka’s future assets, Ms. Whelchel is a strategic partner in the development and execution of the company’s corporate and competitive strategy.

Tatanka is focused on acquiring and building midstream assets in North America. Tatanka’s goal is to create value by improving the operations, maintenance and overall efficiency of acquired businesses and by building highly competitive new assets that serve the continually growing and changing needs of the North American energy market. The company is backed by an initial US$500 million capital commitment from EnCap Flatrock Midstream.

“We are thrilled that Christine is on board. She is not only a top-notch senior midstream professional, she embodies the values and leadership qualities that we hold dear,” said Tatanka Midstream CEO Keith Casey. “Together, the members of our senior management team have more than 100 years of collective experience in the midstream and downstream sectors. We have highly complementary commercial, financial, engineering and operational skill sets. When you combine that with EnCap Flatrock’s financial strength and decades of midstream and energy finance experience, we bring a very powerful combination to the marketplace.”

Prior to Tatanka, Ms. Whelchel was with Marathon Petroleum Corporation, where she most recently served as senior director of crude oil gathering operations. In this role she was responsible for all aspects of the crude gathering business in the San Juan and Delaware basins. Before Andeavor’s merger with MPC, she held roles of increasing responsibility at Andeavor including director of gas gathering operations; director of gas processing operations; and manager of engineering. At Andeavor, she also was a key leader for due diligence and integration activities. Ms. Whelchel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and petroleum refining from Colorado School of Mines and a Master of Business Administration from Colorado State University. She is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Colorado.

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