“Where oil is first found, in the final analysis, is in the minds of men.” Wallace Pratt
The Permian Basin’s oil finding history has grown and changed throughout time, and it always ends with new discoveries. The geologists play a crucial role in the finding and development of each additional resource. When I started working in Midland 10 years ago, we were drilling mostly vertical conventional wells. Within a few short years, the tight oil and gas unconventionals were really setting the stage for another oil boom in the basin. Today, we’re still focused on unconventionals, yet our approach has switched to horizontal. All these changes are driven by an idea someone had which was believed in enough to explore. Then others improve upon the original idea, and a new way of thinking about the rocks is born.
I’m excited to be a part of this ever-learning business. I also want to hear YOUR ideas! If you have any thoughts on how WTGS can better serve you, please let me or one of the other board members know. We have a fun year planned, including our renowned fall symposium, core workshop, golf tournament, fieldtrip, picnic social, clay shoot, and, of course, more spirit tastings! Thank you for all that you do that makes WTGS great. It is a privilege to serve as part of this brilliant and creative geological society.
Pratt, W., 1952, Towards a philosophy of oil finding: Bulletin of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, v. 36, no. 12, p. 2231-2236.