Montana Native Francis Vernwald has Worked in the Oil and Gas Industry Since 2018


Shelby, MT– Jan. 27, 2022 – The Well Done Foundation (WDF) today announced the appointment of Francis Vernwald to the position of field technician for the WDF’s Montana operations.

Vernwald will work out of the WDF’s Shelby headquarters and will be responsible for various orphan well measurement and monitoring functions.

Vernwald has been working in the oil and gas industry since 2018 and began plugging wells for Well Done with a local service company in the fall of 2021. “Francis makes a great addition to our Montana team,” WDF Chairman Curtis Shuck said. “He possesses a really strong industry background, as well as genuine passion for the Well Done mission.”

Vernwald was born in Browning, Montana, on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains where the Big Sky country truly begins and is a member of the Blackfeet Tribe.

“I want to set an example for my people and leave a better future for my children,” Vernwald said. “To be able to work on Well Done projects on the reservation and in our ancestorial lands means a lot to me and my family.”

About the Well Done Foundation

Formed in 2019, the Well Done Foundation enables the oil and gas industry to partner with the conservation community to create an alternative pathway to success that benefits all. The Well Done Process, which does not include any public funding, creates a strategic partnership among regulators, surface owners and adoptive parties, leading to a safe and seamless system that provides cost-effective and lasting results that improve the environment while working with the industry in a transparent structure that delivers value to its Triple Bottom Line: community partnerships (people), environmental responsibility (planet), and economic benefits (profit). Montana’s Golden Triangle Region is home to some of the richest soil and most productive growing acres in the United States. The Well Done Foundation works with its partners to transition the orphaned well sites into their next levels of service. For more information, visit https://welldonefoundation.com/.