State oil regulator filed complaint over personal work for Gov. Brown

Nov 9, 2015 5:29 PM by News Staff

A state oil regulator has lodged a whistleblower's complaint over being ordered to map the oil and gas potential, history and geology of California Gov. Jerry Brown's family ranch.

That's according to the state employee and her attorney who talked with The Associated Press on Monday.

Attorney William Rehwald says Jennie Catalano, a mapping specialist with the state Department of Conservation, faced unspecified retaliation after being suspected of lodging the complaint.

Teresa Schilling, a spokeswoman for the Department of Conservation, declined comment.

State records obtained by the AP show Brown in June 2014 directed senior officials at the Department of Conservation's oil and gas regulatory agency to map, research and assess the oil, gas and mineral history and potential of his family ranch.

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