[Editor's note: A version of this story appears in the January 2022 issue of Oil and Gas Investor magazine.]

Could an oil and gas IPO happen in 2022?

It’s possible, and if it happens, it will be by a company that has methodically built itself through Permian Basin dealmaking. Or it could be just the disaster that fossil fuel naysayers are hoping to see.

Colgate Energy Partners III LLC is reportedly considering an IPO, the first public offering since Vine Energy went public in March and was subsequently gobbled up in November by Chesapeake Energy Corp. in a $2.2 billion deal.

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