The first discussion of the day here focuses on Oklahoma’s “Fossil Future,” dealing with Oklahoma’s Oil and Gas industry. Participants include Debra K. Higley-Feldman, a research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Sam Langford, manager of planning, acquisitions and commercial development for Newfield Exploration Mid-Continent in Tulsa, Robin Stead, a past commissioner on the Oklahoma Marginally Producing Oil and Gas Well Commission, and Howard L. Ground, manager of governmental and environmental affairs for PSO of Oklahoma.
Higley-Feldman told audience members about the USGS’s work to catelouge oil and gas resources in the nation, while Langford talked about excitement being generated by the Woodford Shale in southeast Oklahoma among players in the gas exploration industry, including his firm.
Stead told audience members marginally producing oil and gas wells remain a significant part of the nation’s energy industry and will continue that role for decades to come, while Ground is telling audience members now about carbon capture techniques for coal-burning power plants.
Jack Money, Business Writer, The Oklahoman