[Ok-sus] Less is not more -- contrarian geologist on shale gas

Bob Waldrop music at epiphanyokc.com
Wed Apr 18 13:42:35 CDT 2012

Thanks, great to hear from you.  I should have negotiated a residuals deal with OETA, lol, they have shown it a lot over the last few years, and that’s good.  I get people coming up to me in stores saying “you’re that guy with the super efficient house aren’t you?”


Thanks for all the work being done out your way too.




From: ok-sus-bounces at lists.oksustainability.org [mailto:ok-sus-bounces at lists.oksustainability.org] On Behalf Of mauramcdermot.kerrcenter
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Bob, We saw you on OETA the other day and really enjoyed learning about how you have made your home so energy efficient and resource conserving! I think it will inspire people to rethink the value of conservation. 




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The evidence continues to accumulate that shale gas is not the cornucopian hope that the shale gas industry apologists would have us believe. Evidence of the importance of Mr. Berman’s work can be found in the extreme vitriol of the attacks on him by said shale gas cornucopian apologists, notably from Chesapeake Energy. The attacks go beyond reviews of his data, and amount to ad hominem attacks. 

Bob Waldrop, OKC


In the war of words over shale natural gas, his name is frequently invoked by environmental activists, and alternately cursed and ridiculed by shale proponents. But Arthur Berman insists he’s no enemy of the industry. 
“I am absolutely 100 per cent in favour of shale plays succeeding,” said Mr. Berman, the mild-mannered Texas geologist whose skepticism about the economics of the booming U.S. shale-gas business has repeatedly landed him in controversy. “I’ve dedicated my entire professional life to this industry – why would I be sabotaging my own industry? It’s crazy.” 

But to some of the biggest natural gas (NG-FT1.970.020.87%) producers in the United States, Mr. Berman is the kind of “friend” who keeps tattling to your mom. The 34-year industry veteran, who operates a modest one-man consulting and research business from his Texas home, has risen from obscurity to media prominence because he has spent the past five years raising doubts about the shale gas business – even in the face of an unprecedented boom that has seen production increase roughly five-fold, from a mere blip in U.S. supplies to now roughly one-quarter of total natural gas production. 

Mr. Berman’s analyses of drilling and financial data tell him there’s less economically recoverable gas in the shale deposits than others have been saying, that production rates decline more rapidly than anticipated, and that natural gas prices would need to more than triple to make most shale production profitable. 

Much more at the link above.

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