This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.
At the end of this course, the participant should understand and be able to talk about how the upstream oil and gas industry works.
We will consider the geology of oil and gas exploration; techniques for exploration for oil and gas deposits; development of fields and of drilling of wells (vertical holes, horizontal holes, completion procedures, data acquisition, potential problems); reservoir engineering for oil and gas production (maximizing / optimizing recovery); a brief history of the oil industry and the economics of exploration and production; and contentious issues (fracking, global warming, surface vs. subsurface ownership, profit vs. income, regulation vs. inspection /enforcement, etc.).
Reading: Yergin, Daniel, 1991 (and later editions), The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power: Touchstone, 885 pp. ISBN: 1439110123; ISBN: 0-671-75705-9
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.