Presentation on George P. Mitchell by Author Loren C. Steffy


Presentation on George P. Mitchell by Author Loren C. Steffy

Monday, November 18, 2019 | Petroleum Club of Lafayette


SPE/LGS/AADE present “George P. Mitchell: Fracking, Sustainability, and an Unorthodox Quest to Save the Planet”: By Loren C. Steffy

Petroleum Club: Monday, November 18th, 11:30 to 1:00



          Please join us at the Petroleum Club at 11:30, November 18th for an informative and entertaining lunch meeting. The Society of Petroleum Engineers, Evangeline Section, the Lafayette Geological Society, and the American Association of Drilling Engineers, Lafayette Chapter have combined forces to host Loren C. Steffy, managing director for the communications firm 30 Point Strategies, a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly and the executive producer for Rational Middle Media. He is the author of Drowning in Oil: BP and the Reckless Pursuit of Profit and The Man Who Thought Like a Ship. His most recent book, George P. Mitchell: Fracking, Sustainability and an Unorthodox Quest to Save the Planet, was published in October, 2019.


          For nine years, Steffy was the business columnist for the Houston Chronicle, and his writing has been published in newspapers and other publications nationwide. He has appeared on CNBC, Fox Business, MSNBC, the BBC and the PBS NewsHour. Before joining the Chronicle, he was the Dallas bureau chief and a senior writer for Bloomberg News for 12 years.


          ABSTRACT: When George Mitchell died in 2013, The Economist proclaimed, “few businesspeople have done as much to change the world as George Mitchell,” a billionaire Texas oilman who defied the stereotypical swagger so identified with that industry. He did more than any other individual since John D. Rockefeller to alter the economics of oil. In George P. Mitchell: Fracking, Sustainability, and an Unorthodox Quest to Save the Planet, award-winning author Loren C. Steffy offers the first definitive biography of Mitchell, placing his life and legacy in a global context and highlighting the significance of his discoveries and the lingering controversies they inspired.
Mitchell will forever be known as “the father of fracking,” but he didn’t invent the drilling process; he perfected it and made it profitable. He pursued its use for seventeen years to save his company and inadvertently unleashed an era of energy abundance transforming America from being dependent on foreign oil to being one of the world’s biggest producers of oil and natural gas. Anyone who puts fuel in a tank or turns on a light switch has benefited from Mitchell’s efforts.
This compelling biography reveals Mitchell as a modern renaissance man who sought to make the world a better, more livable place and whose unbounded intellectual curiosity led him to support a wide range of interests in business, science and philanthropy.


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