Born in Kansas, educated in Texas and Oklahoma, but Louisiana has become my home.
I have a degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and have worked for upstream oil and gas companies, large, medium and small, during college and since graduation in 1978. Currently, I am VP – Operations for a small exploration and production company, with operations in
the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the inland waters and onshore South Louisiana.
For most of my career, my technical specialty was reservoir engineering, the branch of petroleum engineering that focuses on describing and quantifying what’s going on in the petroleum reservoir. Reservoir engineers are usually the guys who are most in tune with the economics of a venture, because the single most important piece of information about the value of an oil and gas well (or prospect) is the reserve estimate. We work a lot with the concepts of risk and probability and the time value of money. It helps to have a healthy appreciation for the science of geology.
In terms of credentials, I am a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Oklahoma. That would qualify me to testify as an expert in my field. I am also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers, as well as several professional organizations. I served as Chairman of LAGCOE 2015.
The Obama Administration’s energy policies
are were misinformed, malformed and wrongheaded. They will damage our country and our collective prosperity. Our country’s energy industry thrived in spite of them. My blogging is inspired out of frustration with those policies and a commitment as a patriot and a citizen to defeat them.
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Edited October 2018.