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Eric C. Potter

Professional Summary

July 8, 2008
Business address: The University of Texas at Austin

Bureau of Economic Geology

University Station, Box X

Austin, Texas 78713-8924

(512) 471-7090

E-mail address: eric.potter@beg.utexas.edu


Academic Background
B.A. Earth Science, Dartmouth College, 1972

M.S. Geology, Oregon State University, 1975


Areas of Expertise


  1. Technology transfer.

  2. Oil and gas exploration—Permian Basin, Rocky Mountains basins, Basin and Range, Utah-Wyoming-Idaho thrust belt.

  3. Exploration in carbonate plays.


Professional Work Experience
A. Present Position: Associate Director, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin (April 2001 - Present).
Function as Program Director, with responsibility for managing the Energy portion of the Bureau's programs.
B. Manager, Oil and Gas Exploitation, Mid Continent Region, Marathon Oil Company, Midland, Texas (1994 - 2000).
Exploration and development in the Permian Basin. Several discoveries and field extensions (most notably, Indian Basin field extension) by 33-employee group.
C. Associate Director, Petroleum Technology Center, Marathon Oil Company, Littleton, Colorado (1992 - 1994).
Managed development and adaptation of geological, geophysical, and computer technologies to improve worldwide corporate success rate in exploration and development. Major improvements in reservoir characterization work. 55 employees.
D. Manager, Geological Technology, Marathon Oil Company, Petroleum Technology Center, Littleton, Colorado (1990 - 1992).
Managed group responsible for geological aspects of risk reduction in wildcat drilling worldwide. Emphasis on applications of sequence stratigraphy, sedimentology, and geochemistry. 20 employees.
E. Region Geologist, Gulf of Mexico Offshore Region, Marathon Oil Company, Houston, Texas (1986 - 1990).
Top technical job in this region, responsible for training, mentoring, and quality assurance for exploration in all offshore U.S. areas. This group made 3 major (100 million barrel) oil discoveries in the offshore Gulf of Mexico on prospects originated during this period.
F. District Geologist and Division Geologist, Casper Division, Marathon Oil Company (1981 - 1986).
Highest ranking geologist in a large group exploring all Rocky Mountain basins. Teams made discoveries in Nevada, Paradox Basin, and Green River Basin.
G. Exploration Supervisor, Casper Division, Marathon Oil Company (1978 - 1981).
Supervised exploration activities in North Dakota/Montana, and in northern Wyoming. Discoveries and field extensions in Powder River, Williston, and Big Horn Basins. 18-20 employees.
H. Exploration Geologist, Casper Division, Marathon Oil Company, Casper, Wyoming (1975 - 1978).
Explored for oil and gas in North Dakota and Utah-Wyoming Thrustbelt.
I. Teaching Assistant, Geology, Oregon State University (1974 - 1975).


Professional Registrations
State of Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists, License No. 953, Geology

Awards and Honorary Societies
Frank A. Morgan Award for Meritorious Achievement, Wyoming Geological Association, 1987

Committee Responsibilities and Professional Activities
Member, House of Delegates, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2005 - present
Member, Grants-In-Aid Committee, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2000 - present

Publications
Articles
Peer Reviewed
Mohr, P. A., and Potter, E. C., 1976, The Sagatu Ridge dike swarm, Ethiopian rift margin: Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, v. 1, p. 55–71.
Johnson, J. G., and Potter, E., 1975, Silurian (Llandovery) down-dropping of the western margin of North America: Geology, v. 3, no. 6, p. 331–334.

Non-Peer-Reviewed
Ambrose, W. A., Potter, E. C., and Briceno, Romulo, 2008, An "unconventional" future for natural gas in the United States: Geotimes, v. 53, no. 2, p. 37–41.
Ott, V. D., Potter, E., and Kreckel, K. R., 1985, The South Crawford Mountain Prospect, Rich County, Utah: a case history: Utah Geological Association, Publication No. 14, p. 193–199.
Johnson, J. G., and Potter, E. C., 1976, Late Ordovician-Early Silurian glaciation and the Odovician-Silurian boundary in the northern Canadian Cordillera: comments and replies: Geology (Forum), December, p. 795–796.
Johnson, J. G., and Potter, E. C., 1976, The depths inhabited by Silurian brachiopod communities: comment and reply: Geology (Forum), March, p. 189–191.
Johnson, J. G., and Potter, E. C., 1976, The depths inhabited by Silurian brachiopod communities: Reply: Geology (Forum), March, p. 189–191.
Johnson, J. G., and Potter, E. C., 1976, Late Ordovician-Early Silurian glaciation and the Ordovician-Silurian boundary in the northern Canadian Cordillera: Comment: Geology (Forum), December, p. 795.
Potter, E., 1976, Pleistocene glaciation in Ethiopia—new evidence: Journal of Glaciology, v. 17, no. 75, p. 148–150.

Abstracts
Briceno, Romulo, and Potter, Eric, 2007, Recovery growth in the U.S. onshore Gulf Coast for crude oil and natural gas liquids (abs.), in AAPG Hedberg Research Conference, November 12–17, Colorado Springs.
Hentz, T. F., Potter, E., and Adedeji, M. A., 2007, Reservoir-scale depositional facies, trends, and controls on sandstone distribution of the lower Atoka Group ("Bend Conglomerate"), Fort Worth Basin, Texas (abs.): American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention Abstracts Volume, v. 16, p. 62.
Nicot, J. -P., and Potter, E. C., 2007, How much water is truly used by industry in the gas-producing Barnett Shale area: history and projections (abs.), in Program and abstract book, 2007 Ground Water Summit, April 29–May 3, Albuquerque, p. 44.
Hentz, T. F., Potter, E. C., and Adedeji, M. A., 2007, Reservoir depositional facies, trends, and controls on sandstone distribution of the lower Atoka Group (“Bend Conglomerate”), Fort Worth Basin, Texas (abs.): American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention and Exhibition Abstracts Volume, v. 16, p. 62.
Hentz, T. F., Kane, J. A., Ambrose, W. A., and Potter, E., 2006, Depositional facies, reservoir distribution, and infield potential of the lower Atoka Group (Bend Conglomerate) in Boonsville field, Fort Worth Basin, Texas: new look at an old play (abs.): American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention, v. 15, p. 46.

Book Reviews
Potter, E., 1982, Review of Book review of Powder River Oil and Gas Fields Symposium (1981), in American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 66, no. 12, p. 2699.

Contract Reports
Nicot, J. -P., and Potter, Eric, 2007, Historical and 2006–2025 estimation of ground water use for gas production in the Barnett Shale, North Texas: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, letter report prepared for R. W. Harden & Associates and Texas Water Development Board, 66 p.
Hentz, T. F., Kane, J. A., Potter, E., and Ambrose, W. A., 2005, Jackson Endowed Fund lease holdings: portfolio refinement and opportunities for incremental production: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, report of Phase II results prepared for the Jackson School of Geosciences, 37 p + appendix.
Potter, E. C., Hentz, T. F., Kim, E. M., Olson, J. E., Yeh, J. S., and DeAngelo, M. V., 2004, Jackson Endowed Fund lease holdings: portfolio refinement and opportunities for incremental production: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, final report submitted to the Geology Foundation, The University of Texas at Austin, 48 p. + 2 vols. of plates.
Guevara, E. H., Kim, E. M., Potter, E., and Ambrose, W. A., 2004, Gas production from the Vicksburg play in the Slick Ranch and vicinity, Starr, Hidalgo, and Brooks Counties, South Texas: a geological and production summary: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, report prepared for the Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas, 2 panels.

Course Notes
Loucks, Robert, Ruppel, Stwphen, Gale, Julia, Jarvie, Dan, Kane, Jeff, McDonnell, Angela, Potter, Eric, Reed, Robert, Wang, Fred, Wright, Wayne, and Zeng, Hongliu, 2007, Barnett Shale-Gas Play of the Fort Worth Basin: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, 151p.
Ambrose, W. A., Hentz, T. F., Wang, F. P., Bonnaffe, Florence, Loucks, R. G., and Potter, E. C., 2007, Core workshop: Woodbine Group, East Texas field, in Ambrose, W. A., and others, Pilot study of East Texas field: geology, engineering, and potential exploitation workshop: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, State of Texas Advanced Resource and Petroleum Technology Transfer Council Workshop No. SW0017, 21 p.

Workshop Workbooks
Ambrose, W. A., Hentz, T. F., Wang, F. P., Bonnaffe, Florence, Loucks, R. G., Potter, E., and Clift, S. J., 2007, Pilot Study of East Texas Field: Geology, Engineering, and Potential Exploitation Workshop, held October 30 in Kilgore, Texas: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, Workshop Workbook, No. SW0017, variously paginated.
Loucks, R. G., Ruppel, S. C., Gale, Julia, Jarvie, Dan, Kane, Jeff, McDonnell, Angela, Potter, Eric, Reed, Robert, Wang, Fred, Wright, Wayne, and Zeng, Hongliu, 2006, Barnett Shale-Gas Play of the Fort Worth Basin: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, Publication SW0016, 177 p.

Lecturing
BEG Colloquia
Barnett gas play, Ft. Worth Basin, impact on JSG Royalty lands: presented at BEG technical seminar, Austin, Texas, September 29, 2006.

Workshops
Pilot study of East Texas field: geology, engineering, and potential exploitation workshop: BEG-PTTC Workshop No. SW0017, Kilgore, Texas, October 30, 2007.
Life-off-field surveillance, gas shales (mudrocks): presented as part of SPE Applied Technology Workshop, Santa Fe, New Mexico, July 31, 2007.
Overview of Barnett Play: presented to Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts, Austin, Texas, June 3, 2007.
Overview of the Barnett: presented at STARR/PTTC Seminar, Houston, Texas, November 14, 2006.
Overview of the Barnett: presented at STARR/PTTC Seminar, Midland, Texas, November 8, 2006.

Lectures and Addresses
Barnett gas play, Ft. Worth Basin, geologic overview: presented at SIPES Urban Drilling Conference, Dallas, Texas, October 17, 2006.
Update on the Frio Brine Pilot 18 months after injection: presented at First Regional Carbon Management Symposium, Dharan, Saudi Arabia, May 24, 2006.
Barnett gas play, Ft. Worth Basin, Texas: presented to Shell Retirees of Central Texas, Austin, Texas, April 27, 2006.
Texas Bureau of Economic Geology’s research collaboration with Pemex: what do the Mexican gas basins look like?: presented to Texas Trade Mission to Mexico, 2003, Mexico City, Mexico, August 21, 2003.
Geologists and geographers making a difference: presented at Texas Community College Teachers Association Annual Convention, Austin, Texas, February 21, 2003.
Proposed statewide assessment of low-pressure gas resources in Texas:a valuable resource to be captured and produced: presented to Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, Abilene, Texas, August 28, 2002.
BEG update: presented to West Texas Geological Society, Midland, Texas, January 8, 2002.
BEG update: presented to Coastal Bend Geophysical Society and Corpus Christi Geological Society, Corpus Christi, Texas, November 21, 2001.

Public Outreach
East Texas Oil Field Pilot Study: presented to Kilgore Chamber of Commerce, Austin, Texas, February 26, 2007.
Barnett gas play, Texas, a look into the future: presented at Senior University, Austin, Texas, February 8, 2007.
Texas update: presented to AASG Central States Cluster, Rolla, Missouri, November 1, 2006.
Barnett gas play, Ft. Worth Basin, Texas: presented for IOGCC field trip to BEG, Austin, Texas, October 14, 2006.

K-12
A geologist's view, using Google Earth: presented to Vista Ridge HS Science Fair participants, Cedar Park, Texas, January 18, 2007.

Field Trips
Deep-Water Sandstones, Brushy Canyon Formation, West Texas: BEG/AMGP, Carlsbad, New Mexico, November 2002.
Fractures in Tight Gas Sandstones—Fractured Sandstones Field Trip,Kemmerer, Wyoming, and Vicinity: Fracture Research and Applications Consortium, Kemmerer, Wyoming, June 2002.

Continuing Education-Short Courses
Coalbed Methane Potential in Texas, Louisiana, and Mexico: Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, Austin, Texas, October 2002

Congressional, Legislative, and Special Committee Testimony

2005
Texas House Committee on Energy Resources,Rep. Buddy West, East Texas Oil Field Study, House Bill 1512, State Capitol, Austin, Texas.

2003
Texas House Committee on Energy Resources,Rep. Buddy West, East Texas Field Study, House Bill 183, State Capitol, Austin, Texas.
Texas House Committee on Natural Resources (briefing, not a formal hearing),Rep. Tommie Merritt, East Texas Oil Field and Energy Briefing, House Bill 183, Kilgore, Texas.

Miscellaneous Activities of a Professional Nature
Quarterly Technical Bulletin Editor, First Vice President, President, Wyoming Geological Association (1975–1986)




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