Book chapters are numbered. In Buddy Clark’s book—a history of oil and gas finance that kicks off with how mineral ownership was handled in the Iron Age—were the 1980s going to end up falling under Chapter 7?

Would 2015 fall to Chapter 11?

Without artifice, it happened that the former landed under Chapter 6; the latter, Chapter 10.

That left Chapter 11 available for the next oil and gas event. And here’s 2020. Oil and Gas Investor visited with Clark, a nearly 40-year energy finance attorney with Haynes and Boone LLP, in late April for his thoughts on the current state of capital flow or gridlock.

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