tshields

20 years Petroleum Geology, 25 years Appraiser, author of "Appraisal of Mineral Rights" - found on Amazon.

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Global Warming Predictions Continue to Fail

The argument over global warming is a clash between true believers and skeptics. As believers, the Global Warming alarmists are convinced only one world government can control the climate and in doing so save the planet from itself. They believe that AGW (Anthropogenic Global Warming) is real and a huge threat, thus it is a religion. “Believing” in… Read More »

Electric Cars – Imminent Adoption or Pie in the Sky?

Electric pie in the sky is the promise of electric cars. Adoptive technology is fast paced. It took decades to go from the origin of the 110v electric grid to adaptation of same in the average household. My own parents did not even get access to electricity until I was two years old. But cell phones, computers, etc.… Read More »

Solar, Wind, and the Electrical Grid

The truth about the electric grid is that power cannot be stored with any efficiency. Wind and solar power are lame excuses which cannot deliver electricity when needed, only when the wind blows or the sun shines. Requiring utilities to take wind generated electricity destabilizes the grid. Proponents claiming wind and solar can provide most of our electrical… Read More »

Prices, Petroleum, & Gravity

The sudden collapse in oil prices was predictable although few of the pundits were willing to say so. The public understanding of such is even less than the so called experts. It’s about supply and demand. Moreover it is about the supply and demand for what is sold as “oil”. So let’s define petroleum first. Oils are graded… Read More »

Unrealistic View of Energy Fuels Has Become the Norm

Some people apparently thinks drilling for oil on American soil is foolish.  And there are those who claim that in the short term drilling will only benefit oil companies. Our oil companies make huge profits because energy is a huge part of our economy. That $34 billion pales in comparison to the $130 billion plus that Tech companies… Read More »

Mergers Are a Sign of a Sick Industry

Newfield Energy will merge with Encana. As usual everyone is touting this as a win-win. In fact, it is another sign of how sick these companies really are. Don’t be fooled. They are not making a return on the huge chunks of money they are spending. It is the oil equivalent of kiting checks. You drill more wells… Read More »

SWN ENERGY SOLD – DIAMOND MINES

The latest news is Southwestern Energy aka Southwester Energy Exploration Co. or SEECO, has sold its Fayetteville Shale properties. The price was $1.8 billion and the buyer a private concern known as Flywheel LLC.  SWN investors met the news by dropping stock prices over 3%.  Investors expected them to buy back more stock instead spending for additional drilling… Read More »

Retained Minerals & Mineral Owner Woes

As a landowner, I leased out my farmland to a farmer who did rotation between soybeans and wheat. This summer, when the wheat was absolutely ready, he took off on a vacation.  After returning, he tried to catch up, the wheat had been ready for weeks and the soybeans needed planted before a certain time to qualify for… Read More »

Permian Economics – Is It Really That Good?

I ain’t buying it. The Permian is now touted as the best thing since hot cakes. Companies are dumping acreage in the Eagle Ford, Bakken and elsewhere and stampeding to West Texas claiming that drilling costs are lower, production higher, and they (the explorers) will make investors a lot of money. Perhaps. Perhaps serendipity will play a major… Read More »

South Arkansas – Future Frontier?

Some interest in south Arkansas seems intriguing. The most unexplored area in Arkansas is the Desha (Dee-Shay) Basin, but there is potential oil or gas there. As time progresses, I think there is opportunity for the frontier explorer.  Meanwhile, several folks have attempted to drill in South Arkansas and the success rate isn’t spectacular but the costs are… Read More »