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Andrew A. Bates is president of Protocom Consulting Inc., an oil and gas consulting firm that provides high quality wellsite supervision, design drilling, completion, and production programs since 1988. Mr. Bates has a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering, and 13 years experience in coalbed methane. He has planned and supervised drilling, completion and production operations for hundreds of coalbed methane wells in the San Juan and other U.S. basins, as well as China, Australia, the U.K., and Canada.