Harold "Hal" Fitch
Hal Fitch was appointed Director of the Office of Geological Survey in 1996. He oversees the regulation of oil, gas, mining, and mineral well operations in the state, and serves as the Assistant Supervisor of Wells and the Governor’s Associate Representative on the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.
Hal earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Michigan Technological University in 1972. He began his career as a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Denver, Colorado before returning to his home state and joining the state Geological Survey. He has been with the OGS since 1974, except for a two-year break to do graduate work in hydrology at the University of Arizona. Prior to his appointment as Director of the OGS, Hal worked as a field inspector, ground water specialist, and district supervisor, and was stationed at several field offices in northern Michigan as well as at Lansing.