I could say a lot about some of the comments by industry people in the article, but I will focus on Devon Energy spokesman Chip Minty's statement that, "We kind of look at Arthur Berman as a dinosaur. With every day that goes by and these shale production numbers come in, the validity of Arthur Berman's claims becomes more questionable."
First of all, Chip, let's talk about grammar and proper English. "We kind of look" sounds like teenager speak. Do you have an opinion about me and my work or kind of an opinion?
What Chip Minty is really saying is that he dismisses the decades of industry experience that underlie the many technical articles that I and my colleagues have published on shale gas reserves and economics. If he had a technical rebuttal to our work, he would have presented it but his best shot is to say that I am a dinosaur. Touche, Chip. That really gets to the heart of the problem!
His company and the industry have recklessly over-produced large volumes of natural gas at a price that is not commercial for anyone. The headlines about Chesapeake Energy and its problems over the past week show that shale gas investments are not profitable.
I am used to the personal attacks by shale gas defenders. If they had anything to say about the real issues of lack of profit and shareholder equity, they would.
Who is the dinosaur in this debate?