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Business of Applied Geoscience: Government and Global Energy Policies and Their Impacts on the Geoscience Aspects of Subsurface Management

Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)

Tuesday, 28 September 2021, 1:20 p.m.–3:15 p.m.  |  Denver, Colorado

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The energy transition from oil and gas to other energy markets will likely produce wide-ranging changes in the subsurface management business and the use of geoscience technologies. How will this transition occur in light of climate issues, the impact of the Covid pandemic, the leveraged state of the oil & gas industry, the increase in the viability of alternative opportunities, and environmental, social, and governance investment considerations? The aim of this session is to listen to key representatives and international leaders providing current challenges, recent developments, and forecasts for the geophysical industry, taking into account current and evolving government and global policies.

Session Chairs

Sergio Chávez-Pérez
Research Geophysicist, Instituto Mexicano del Petróleo
Paul Cunningham
Managing Partner, Amigos Energy Advisors, LLC
Ana Curcio
Geophysical Consultant, Proingeo SA


William (Bill) Bartling
Former Chief Dep. Calif. Dept. of Conservation

Bill Bartling is a retired geoscientist and executive. Prior to retirement in November 2020, Bill was the Chief Deputy for the State of California Department of Conservation, California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM) with offices in Bakersfield and Sacramento California. Prior to this assignment, he was the Deputy for the Inland District which includes all or portions of Kern, Kings, Tulare, Inyo, Fresno and Madera Counties, which accounts for over 80% of oil and gas production in California.

Prior to joining CalGEM in October, 2015, Bill was General Manager of Borehole Imaging for OptaSense Ltd, President and CEO of SR2020, Sr. Director of Market Strategy at Silicon Graphics, CEO of SciFrame, Inc., Manager of Technical Computing at Occidental Oil and Gas, Sr. VP of Software Engineering at CogniSeis Development and Earth Scientist/Manager in exploration, production and research at Chevron.

Bill has a BA in Biological Sciences from UC Santa Barbara and a MS in Geology from San Diego State University, is Vice President of SEG Pacific Section and sits on the Advisory Board of the San Diego State University Center for Computational Sciences.

Member of SPE, AAPG and SEG

Carlos Pascual
Senior Vice President, IHS Markit and former US Ambassador to Mexico

Carlos Pascual joined IHS Markit in January 2015 as Senior Vice President to focus on global energy issues and international affairs. Mr. Pascual was previously US Ambassador to both Mexico and Ukraine and was Special Assistant to the US president for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia on the National Security Council. Mr. Pascual created the position of Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization in the State Department, establishing the first civilian response capacity to conflicts. As the former US Energy Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs at the State Department, Mr. Pascual established and directed the Energy Resources Bureau and served as the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State on energy issues. In that role, he led the negotiations on Iranian oil sanctions with China, India, and other countries. Mr. Pascual has held board positions in energy companies as well as energy and power-focused private investment firms. Mr. Pascual is also part of the GE Ecomagination Advisory Board and board member of the Atlantic Council. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

David Alleman
Director, Oil and Gas Research at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

David Alleman is the Director of Oil and Natural Gas Research for the U.S. Department of Energy. He recently rejoined the Department after 12 years as a consultant with an Environmental and Engineering firm. He previously worked for about 15 years with NETL (and its predecessor organizations) in Tulsa, Oklahoma as the Technology Manager for the oil and gas Environmental Research Program. His work with NETL covered a broad range of environmental and regulatory topics including wildlife issues on Federal lands, produced water, and air quality. Before returning to the Department, David was a senior manager with ALL Consulting, where he managed projects related to oil and gas development. His primary focus there was on all aspects of water management, including acquisition and management of fresh water, wetlands protection, produced water recycling, and disposal. While at ALL, he was one of the principal authors of DOE’s Shale Gas Primer; served as a technical advisor on produced water treatment for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; wrote multiple articles and papers on water management; and was an invited speaker at numerous oil and gas water management events. David is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, where he earned a B.S in Wildlife Ecology and an M.S. in Plant Ecology.

Janelle Knox-Hayes
MIT Energy Initiative and MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change (Dept. of Urban Studies & Planning)

Janelle Knox-Hayes is the Lister Brothers Associate Professor of Economic Geography and Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. She holds a visiting research fellowship at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University. Her research focuses on the ways in which social and environmental systems are governed under changing temporal and spatial scales as a consequence of globalization. She has studied the political and economic interface of financial markets and environmental systems and how individuals and organizations plan and make decisions under conditions of socio-economic uncertainty. Her latest project examines how social values shape sustainable development. Janelle has been the recipient of an SSRC Abe Fellowship for study of environmental finance in the Asia-Pacific and a Fulbright Fellowship for study of sustainable decision-making in Iceland. Janelle is the author of a number of peer-reviewed works in prestigious journals and presses. She serves as an editor of the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society.

Prior to joining DUSP, Janelle was an associate professor in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech. She completed her BA (Summa Cum Laude) in International Affairs, Ecology, and Japanese Language and Civilizations from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2004 and her MSc (with Distinction) and DPhil from the University of Oxford in 2006 and 2009 respectively. Before starting graduate school, Janelle worked as an energy analyst for the United States Government Accountability Office. While in graduate school, she also worked as an energy analyst for New Energy Finance.

Michael Cohen
Chief US Economist and Head of Oil and Refining, BP

Michael Cohen is Chief US Economist and Head of Oil and Refining in bp’s Strategy and Sustainability group. In this role, he is responsible for short, medium, and long term oil market and US policy analysis that informs bp’s Leadership Team, the bp Energy Outlook, and the Statistical Review. 

Prior to joining bp in May 2019, Mr. Cohen was Barclays’ Global Head of Commodities Research and was responsible for preparing and delivering differentiated research on commodities markets to Barclays’ global corporate and institutional investor client base. 

He worked for a decade in the public sector as an Economist with the US Energy Information Administration, the Department of Energy’s Office of Policy and International Affairs, and as a senior member of the Oil Markets Division at the IEA. Prior to government service, Mr. Cohen worked on electricity market design for LECG (now Navigant) and as a trading desk analyst for American Electric Power.

Mr. Cohen serves as a non-resident fellow at the Colorado School of Mines and frequently lectures on energy, oil markets, and geopolitics at several universities. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with dual undergraduate degrees in Business and Political Science from The Ohio State University and a Masters in International Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.


Business of Applied Geoscience: Government and Global Energy Policies and Their Impacts on the Geoscience Aspects of Subsurface Management
Colorado Convention Center
700 14th St
Denver, Colorado 80202
United States

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