Searching For Oil And Gas In The U.S.: An Independent Explorationist's View
Charles Nearburg, Nearburg Producing Company
Friday, May 2, 2008, 3:30pm
MP3 (26 MB)
This seminar is part of the Jones Seminars on Science, Technology, and Society series
I will present a brief overview of the following oil and gas related topics:
- Fundamentals of oil and gas reservoirs and drilling
- Trends in worldwide oil and gas supply and demand and exploration
- Challenges facing an independent exploration and production company in exploring for and producing new oil and gas reserves in the continental U.S.
- The shortage of oil and gas professionals
About the Speaker
Charles Nearburg founded his oil and gas exploration company in 1979. Now a leading independent producer with offices in Dallas, Midland, and Denver, his company has received two Environmental Awards from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Nearburg has also funded preservation and restoration of significant fisheries habitat in New Mexico and at the Broadacres Ranch in Creede, Colorado. Nearburg has devoted substantial time and resources in support of Ewing's Sarcoma cancer research at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, the Pediatric Oncology Branch of the National Cancer Institute and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. Charles was instrumental in establishing the Rett Nearburg International Ewing's Sarcoma Research Symposium held every 2 years. Working his way up the professional car racing ladder, Nearburg's life long ambition to be an Indy Car driver was realized when he drove for the late Walter Payton in the 1997 CART FedEx Championship. He has also driven at the LeMans 24-Hour Race and the Sebring 12 Hours with 4th and 10th place overall finishes. Currently, Nearburg is attempting to raise the three Land Speed Records he set last year at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The records of 349.351 and 359 MPH were set in the Spirit of Rett streamliner. Nearburg has also mentored the student-run Dartmouth Formula Racing Team from its inception over 12 years ago. At Dartmouth College Nearburg received an A.B. degree with an engineering/studio art major. He also earned B.E. and M.E. degrees at Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering, and is in his 18th year as an Overseer of Thayer. A 3-year varsity crew letter winner, he serves as a Friends of Dartmouth Rowing Steward. He is currently on the Executive Committee of the $1.3 billion Campaign for Dartmouth. In June 2007 Nearburg was chosen by the College's Alumni Council, acting through its Alumni Awards Committee, to receive the Dartmouth Alumni Award, which is given to alumni/ae who have been outstanding in their career and who have exhibited exception service to their community and to Dartmouth. The award was presented to Nearburg at his 35th Class Reunion.