The Permian, Petroleum and Unconventional Activity

Live Date: Aired 6-7-11 Time: On Demand Cost: $100


The Permian Basin of West Texas and southeast New Mexico is one of the premier U.S. producing provinces. Although its conventional reservoirs are heavily developed, today’s unconventional prospects offer attractive targets to long-time players and new entrants alike. Such unconventional plays as the Wolfberry and Bone Spring are enjoying surging activity, thanks to operators’ successes with application of the latest drilling and completion techniques. Here, in the webinar “The Permian, Petroleum and Unconventional Activity ,” you will hear the latest insights on Permian metrics and drilling activity from two industry experts.

The 55-minute webinar will include a live Q&A moderated by Ann Priestman, Editor, Unconventional Gas Center, Hart Energy, on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 10 a.m. CDT.

 What You Will Learn:

  • Recent trends in Permian rig/leasing activity
  • Outlook for unconventional development in the play
  • Infrastructure & economics snapshot

About the Speakers:

Richard Mason, Chief Technical Director, Upstream, Hart Energy

From 1992 to 2009, Mason published The Land Rig Newsletter, where he developed metrics to provide high-resolution perspective on the land drilling market, including regional rig utilization, rig pricing, technological evolution in drilling systems, and rig employment patterns by operator. Mason's early career included 10 years as a field representative for the Texas Tech University archives, collecting oral histories and historical materials on petroleum, agriculture and irrigation development in the American Southwest. Mason is a 1974 graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, in history. He resides in Austin, Texas.

Jason Simmons, Senior Research Analyst, DrillingInfo

Jason joined Drillinginfo in May 2009 as a Senior Research Analyst covering Unconventional Resource Plays and has  over 10 years of experience in the oil and gas industry.  Jason is a critical member of Drilling Info – Energy Strategy Partners and helps evaluate and identify trends in unconventional basins using financial analysis, competitive intelligence, research, and operator performance metrics. 

 Jason received his BA in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin, and a MS in Finance, with a focus on Energy Risk Management, from the University of Houston.

About the Moderator:



Ann Priestman, Editor, Unconventional Gas Center, Hart Energy

Ann Priestman is the editor of Hart Energy’s Unconventional Gas Center (  She has a Master’s in Library Science and more than 30 years of experience in the petroleum industry, including positions at Marathon Oil, IHS Inc. and Anschutz Corp. She also managed the Gas Technology Institute’s Information Center in Denver for six years. Priestman


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