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Trevor Rees-Jones Interview

Chief Oil & Gas Chairman Trevor Rees-Jones was recently featured on Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson, where he provided an in-depth look at the history of natural gas development in the U.S., the importance of technological advancements in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, and the potential for American energy independence.

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  • Interview Part 1 (08:51)
    Chief’s Chairman and Founder, Trevor Rees-Jones, describes how his early career as a lawyer working on oil and gas bankruptcies led him to discover his passion for the energy industry. After nearly a decade of struggling with unsuccessful drilling ventures, he continued to work toward achieving his goals and founded Chief Oil & Gas in 1994.
  • Interview Part 2 (08:08)
    In part two, Rees-Jones describes the hydraulic fracturing process, crediting the early experimentation of George Mitchell with refining the technique for completion in shale formations, which eventually revolutionized the natural gas industry. Trevor Rees-Jones explains how Chief was among the first companies to use hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling to extract gas from the Barnett Shale in Texas.

  • Interview Part 3 (16:58)
    In part three, Trevor Rees-Jones walks through the common environmental concerns about hydraulic fracturing, explaining the best practices that Chief utilizes in order to operate in an environmentally responsible manner. Rees-Jones also discusses the regulatory environment affecting natural gas development, as well as the economic benefits of increased natural gas production.

  • Interview Part 4 (11:27)
    Rees-Jones discusses the potential for American energy independence, noting that we now have more than a 100-year supply of natural gas. He also describes the potential for exporting to other countries and efforts of other nations to develop their own energy sources.
  • Interview Part 5 (17:04)
    In the final part of his interview, Trevor Rees-Jones discusses how domestic natural gas and oil production in the U.S. can help lower the cost of energy to an average family and provide an “extraordinary” positive economic benefit. He also discusses how energy has improved quality of life over the years.