Our Company

Norstar Petroleum Inc. is a family owned oil and gas exploration and production company founded by Per Burchardt. The company was established in 1989 as a Colorado C-Corporation and has since been headquartered in the Denver area, with an affiliated office in Wichita, Kansas. Norstar operates over 100 oil and gas wells and is an active driller in Kansas and Nebraska. It also has non-operated interests in another 125 wells in Kansas and Oklahoma. 

Norstar started out as an acquisition and enhanced recovery company. In 1995, Norstar acquired a 50% interest in C.H. Todd, Inc., a Wichita based company. Norstar’s partners in C.H. Todd are David B. Pauly, a well-respected completion engineer, and Gordon E. Stockemer, a CPA with his own accounting firm in Wichita, Kansas. C.H. Todd owns interests in about 70 non-operated wells in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Wyoming. Norstar previously held ownership in wells in Wyoming, New Mexico, Michigan, Ohio, Colorado, and Illinois, as well as various coal bed methane projects and processing plants.


In 2001, Norstar started participating in select drilling opportunities and has steadily increased its drilling activity since being certified as a Kansas Operator in 2005. Norstar performs engineering and land services for its own account and for C.H. Todd. The company utilizes contract geology, geophysics, and field pumpers on a regular basis and legal help on a part-time, as needed, basis.


Norstar enjoys long established relationships with both private and industry partners who invest alongside the company in new projects. Norstar personnel are proud to be part of a small, credible, sophisticated, family-owned company. Our goal is to strive for a mix of internally generated and outside derived projects with a combination of operated and non-operated working interests that range from 10-20%. Norstar welcomes independent geologists and producers to contact us regarding business opportunities.