St. Lawrence Geology Alumni

2007 R. O. & Vera Bloomer Lecture
8pm  September 14, 2007
Eben Holden Conference Center ~ Eben South
by Bill Van Wie '67

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Bill Van Wie '67
Exploration For Oil & Gas In The Deepwater Gulf Of Mexico:
New Discoveries, New Challenges


The geosciences have played an important role in the discovery and production of oil and natural gas in the Gulf of Mexico which has contributed greatly to securing energy for the United States.  The presentation will discuss the following:


  •      How the Gulf fits into the North American Energy picture
  •      Geological evolution of the Gulf of Mexico
  •      Importance of Geophysics:  breakthroughs in seismic technologies
  •      Salt tectonics and remaining potential
  •      The economics of doing business in the deepwater gulf
  •      Future challenges ~ where to next?
About Bill Van Wie

    Bill was born and raised in upstate New York.  He attended St. Lawrence University where he majored in geology.   After receiving a Masters and Ph.D. in geology from the University of Cincinnati, he began his career as a geologist for Tenneco Oil Co. in Houston in 1974.  Chevron acquired Tenneco’s Gulf of Mexico properties in 1988 and Bill moved to New Orleans with Chevron after spending time in Lafayette, LA and Denver, CO with Tenneco.  He later served as Vice President for Pennzoil Exploration and Production Company, Manager of Offshore Exploration for Amerada Hess and Sr. Vice President for PennzEnergy before joining Devon Energy Corporation as Vice President & General Manager of the Gulf Division in 1999.  On July 19, 2005 he was appointed Vice President and General Manager, Exploration for Devon Energy.  He is Vice Chairman of the American Geological Institute Foundation, a member of the National Ocean Industries Association’s Board of Directors, a member of the RPSEA Onshore Advisory Committee, and a member of the OCS Policy Committee for National Gas Supply Association.  Locally, he serves on the Board of the Greater Houston Partnership, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston and the Advisory Board of The Salvation Army.  He and his wife Kathy live in West University Place and have two children and one grandson.  His hobbies include gardening, fishing and woodworking.

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August 14, 2007
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