Sep 18th, 2013 (Wed) - Dec 31st, 1969 (Wed)
OKLAHOMA CITY GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY
OKLAHOMA HISTORY CENTER
OKLAHOMA MUSEUM OF HISTORY
CHESAPEAKE EVENT CENTER
800 NAZIH ZUHDI DRIVE
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73105
Wednesday September 18, 2013
LUNCH 11:45am – 1:00pm
RESERVATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 12:00 NOON Friday September 13, 2013
SPEAKER: MARLAN DOWNEY,
Chairman of Roxanna Energy, Past President of AAPG and Honorary Member
“Still On the Trail, An Old Dog Still Hunting”
In addition to his current activities as Chairman of Roxanna Oil, board member of Foundation Energy, Matador Resources, and TransAtlantic Petroleum, Marlan's advice on hydrocarbon development has been solicited by many companies and governments from around the world, including most recently the UK, Israel and China. Marlan will share his insights that he recently provided to the House of Lords and the British Geological Survey about exploitation of shale gas in the UK; describe his thoughts about needed technology and making money in the deepwater offshore gas province of Israel, and relate his understanding of the fundamental difficulties of switching China's coal fired electricity to shale gas fired plants. He will share future ideas and anecdotes from his career, including his drilling of one the first wells in the Mississippi Lime in the 1960’s with Shell.
Marlan Downey has a career spanning a 56 years beginning with a 20 year stint with Shell Oil in in domestic exploration and research. After a brief retirement, during which he founded Roxanna Oil, he was recruited by ARCO to take over as Senior Vice President of Exploration for ARCO International in 1990. He was President of Arco International from 1992 until he stepped down in 1997. Following ARCO, he joined the University of Oklahoma as Bartell Professor of Geology and Chief Scientist of the Sarkey’s Energy Center until 2000.
Marlan served as President of The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the world’s largest geological society, during 2000-2001, and was a Trustee of the AAPG Foundation. In 2002, he received the Hedberg Medal for international scientific contributions from the Institute for Study of Earth and Man. In 2003, the AAPG awarded him the Robert H. Dott, Sr., Memorial Award for best geologic publication, and in 2007 he was made an Honorary Member of the AAPG. He has been honored by the world’s largest geological society as “A Living Legend in the Oil and Gas business”, and in 2005, was honored as a “Legendary Oil Finder” by the Petroleum History Foundation. In 2009, Marlan received the most prestigious award of the geologic community, the Sydney Powers Medal, for outstanding scientific achievements. In 2011, the Oil and Gas Investor recognized Marlan as a “Living Legend” in the energy business.
Marlan serves as Chairman of Roxanna Oil of Houston, Texas, a wholly owned, debt-free family company in which daughter Julie Garvin is President and sons Alex and Nick are active.
He resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife, Marea, a noted photographer. They divide their time between their home in Dallas and Marea’s cottage in Cadgwith, Cornwall.
5902 Yardley Court, Dallas, Tx., 75248 # 972 713 8634
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