The Oil Makers / Edition 1

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The first book to explore in depth recent issues facing the oil and natural gas industry, The Oil Makers goes straight to the industry’s leaders. Jeffrey Share presents a collection of prominent voices, including presidents and CEOs of several of the nation’s largest oil and gas companies. The book also contains interviews with two former secretaries of the Department of Energy, as well as major lobbyists and executives in the various service industries.

The Oil Makers brings to light important and controversial issues such as the image of the industry, the environmental movement and regulations, the trauma and effect of the 1980s depression, finance and taxation issues, the increasing shift to overseas production, the idea of a national energy policy, and the future of the industry.

Share provides an inside look at all aspects of the oil and natural gas industry: the majors, independents, drilling contractors, service companies, natural gas, consultants, investment bankers and analysts, politicians, and the new breed. The Oil Makers contains interviews with Roy Huffington, Orville Gaither, Matt Simmons, James Day, Denise Bode, Al Baker, Robert Rose, John Olson, Ed Rothschild, Carol Freedenthal, George Mitchell, Donald Hodel, Admiral James Watkins, and many more.

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Editorial Reviews

Thomas E. Marsh

The Oil Makers presents a unique snapshot of an industry in transition . . . and attempts to set the record straight in areas where the public’s perception of oil and gas has been tainted by emotion and misinformation.”--Thomas E. Marsh, editorial director of Offshore Data Services
Reads like a company-sponsored history complete with portraits of the contributors. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585440399
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1996
  • Edition description: First Paperback Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Roy M. Huffington, chairman of Roy M. Huffington Inc. 13
J. Hugh Liedtke, retired chairman of Pennzoil Company 31
Philip J. Carroll, president and CEO of Shell Oil Company 43
Victor G. Beghini, president and CEO of Marathon Oil Company 53
Constantine S. Nicandros, president and CEO of Conoco Inc. 71
R. E. (Ray) Galvin, president of Chevron U.S.A. Production Company 83
W. W. (Wayne) Allen, chairman and CEO of Phillips Petroleum Company 95
Orville D. Gaither, chairman and CEO of Gaither Petroleum Company 105
Joe B. Foster, chairman and CEO of Newfield Exploration Company 121
Glenn H. McCarthy Jr., chairman of McCarthy Oil & Gas Corporation 131
George P. Mitchell, chairman of Mitchell Energy & Development Corporation 147
Robert E. Rose, president and CEO of Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. 157
James C. Day, chairman, president, and CEO of Noble Drilling Corporation 169
Alton J. McCready, former president of Schlumberger Well Services 179
Alan A. Baker, former chairman of Halliburton Energy Services 191
Philip Burguieres, chairman, president, and CEO of Weatherford International Inc. 201
Lester D. Mallory, Jr., president and CEO of Serengeti International Inc. 213
John M. Ellis, marketing director of Skaugan Petro Trans Inc. 227
Matthew R. Simmons, president of Simmons & Company International 243
James M. Kipp, managing director of First Union Corporation of North Carolina 259
Denise A. Bode, president of the Independent Petroleum Association of America 273
John E. Olson, first vice president, securities research, of Merrill Lynch 285
Sam Fletcher, former energy writer for the Houston Post 295
Edwin S. Rothschild, energy policy directory of Citizen Action 309
Admiral James Watkins, secretary of energy 1989-93 321
Donald P. Hodel, secretary of energy 1982-85, secretary of interior 1985-89 335
Kenneth L. Lay, chairman and CEO of Enron Corporation 351
Paul M. Anderson, president and CEO of Panhandle Eastern Corporation 367
Larry W. Bickle, chairman and CEO of Tejas Power Corporation 379
Carol Freedenthal, principal of the Jofree Corporation 391
Conclusion 403
Glossary 413
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