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Thomas Harris (Professional Geologist and long-time highly respected good friend and early advocate for source rock shale exploitation) and D. Ronald Harrell’s (P.E.) have written an opinion piece giving their thoughts on the oil & gas industry.

Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for a great read!


Read it here.




About the authors:

Ron Harrell

Ronald (Ron) Harrell, P.E.
Chairman Emeritus
Ryder Scott

Mr. Harrell is a Petroleum Engineering graduate of Louisiana Tech University and continues as Chairman Emeritus of Ryder Scott Company, Petroleum Consultants.

Ron remains active in the industry as a licensed engineer in three states and serves on several Management and Advisory Boards including corporations, not-for-profit organizations and three universities. He is a Senior Advisor to RSK(UK)LTD, Board member of eCORP International plus Energy Advisory positions for The Carlyle Group and Morgan Stanley private equity energy divisions.

He is a founding member and immediate past Chairman of the UH Petroleum Engineering Advisory Board and an active member of the UH Subsea Engineering Program since its formation. Further, he is a founding member and Vice Chairman of the College of Engineering Advisory Board for Houston Baptist University.

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) awards include the Legion of Honor (2007), Gulf Coast Section Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award (2007), SPE Distinguished Member Award (2007), SPE – AIME Mineral Economics Award (2009) and the Gulf Coast Section Public Service Award (2012). He served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2007-2008 delivering 34 lectures in 17 countries. He remains a member of SPE’s Distinguished Lecturers Selection Committee and is a peer reviewer for SPE M&I technical papers. Further, he serves as SPEE’s Observer on the SPE Oil & Gas Reserves Committee (OGRC).

His expertise is focused on reservoir engineering particularly as it relates to oil and gas reserves and resources evaluations.

Ron has provided expert engineering testimony before several regulatory agencies in Washington D.C., Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas as well as US Federal Courts in Washington D.C., Alaska, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Kentucky and Texas. He has testified before state courts in Alabama, California, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia. He has testified in International Chamber of Commerce arbitrations involving petroleum reserves and resources in North America, Italy, Jordan and Turkmenistan.

Thomas G. Harris
President and Chief Executive Officer
BlackRock Exploration & Production LLC.

Mr. Harris is the founder of Houston-based BlackRock Exploration & Production LLC, an oil and gas firm specializing in finding and extracting hydrocarbons from source rocks within North America. 

Harris’ energy career spans more than 40 years.  Prior to BlackRock, Harris co-founded and led Kerogen Resources Inc., and served in executive positions of two Houston-based service technology firms. He was formerly employed in various management and technical positions with Canadian Hunter Exploration, Ltd. and Amoco Production Company.  He began his career in the oil patch as an engineering geologist working on the Alaskan Pipeline in 1974.

Harris has a B.S. in Geology from Michigan State University and a M.S. in Geology from the University of South Carolina.  He is a registered Geologist in the State of Texas, and an active member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Society of Petroleum Engineers,  and the Society of Professional Well Log Analysts.