Oil and Gas Investor: The Fracker’s Guide to the Green Galaxy

The energy future needs landmen, geologists, engineers, places to store CO₂, money and business leaders who understand how to monetize the value chain. It needs oil and gas people. Here’s the playbook and a description of the prize.

(Source: Adapted from illustration by Robert D. Avila)

[Editor's note: A version of this story appears in the July 2021 issue of Oil and Gas Investor magazine.]

The mic-drop question posed by the Dallas Geological Society (virtual) luncheon attendee was, “What’s a recent petroleum grad to do?”

Dr. Raymond Franssen had just presented on “The Energy Transition is Here: What to Do?” He replied. “Yeah, good one. Yeah, that’s a really tough one.”

Franssen, a geoscience consultant and former explorer for Shell Oil Co., said, “We’re not always adding the most value by the deep technical knowledge [we have]. Oftentimes, we add the most value by critical thinking. We’re asking the right questions.”

The editorial team’s been consulting the stars and making notes on navigating the “New Energy World.” Whether mankind’s attempts at reversing Earth’s atmosphere works or not, it’s happening.

Pack well. Buckle up. Lift all tray tables. Seats upright. There’s money to be made.

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Nissa Darbonne

Nissa Darbonne is author of The American Shales and has been a journalist since 1984, beginning in the oil and gas fields of South Louisiana. She writes for Oil and Gas Investor and is actively involved in Hart's conference agendas.