Interview: Art Berman, Petroleum Geologist
Berman is a petroleum geologist with 37 years of oil and gas industry experience and an expert on U.S. shale plays. He is currently consulting for several E&P companies and capital groups in the energy sector.
Berman talks about how the Bakken’s recent data conflicts with what the North Dakota officials are promoting. Berman details the water production, drilling space and what that means to the future of the Bakken.
Over the past year, Berman has given more than 25 keynote addresses for energy conferences, boards of directors and professional societies. He has also published more than 100 articles on oil and gas plays and trends. In addition, he has been interviewed by CBS, CNBC, CNN, CBC, BNN, Bloomberg, Platt’s, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone and New York Times.
Berman aslo is an an associate editor of the AAPG Bulletin and was a managing editor and frequent contributor to theoildrum.com. His background also includes 20 years working for Amoco (now BP) and 17 years as consulting geologist. He also has an M.S. (Geology) from the Colorado School of Mines and a B.A. (History) from Amherst College.
Jason Spiess is a multimedia journalist, entrepreneur and content consultant. Spiess has over 25 years of media experience in broadcasting, journalism, reporting and principal ownership in media companies. (Over 30 years experience if you count his adolescent years as a newspaper delivery boy learning the importance and logistics of daily distribution and monthly door-to-door bill collecting.) Spiess has worked in the areas of oil and gas, UAS and precision agriculture, health care, cannabis, agriculture, real estate, government affairs and economic development. Spiess is the host of two radio programs, Building the Bakken and Coffee & Capitalism, and three specialty programs, MonDak OilField Review, Corporate Ink and UnStuck, that carry a radio network that spans five states and two countries. Spiess is a North Dakota native and graduated from North Dakota State University.
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