Working at a technology company that primarily services the oil and gas industry allows me the opportunity to experience and understand the day-to-day needs of oilfield service and rental companies. Whether I am tagging along with a sales rep for a customer visit or chatting up someone interesting I meet at a trade show, I’m constantly learning new and amazing aspects of the industry. Last week, I was able to look at the energy industry in another light when I visited the Tom Hunt Energy Hall at the Perot Museum in Dallas, Texas. There, I got to see oil and gas from the eyes of scientists and geologists. So I took this chance to contribute to our “Good Things Series,” because what’s better than education?
The exhibit takes its guests on a virtual journey through all things energy; the geology that started it, the technology that makes it happen and the politics that affect it today. It answered questions that I didn’t even know I should be asking. Dallasites and Fort Wortheans, did you know: in 2008 natural gas from just one of the Barnett Shale fields accounted for more than 6% of total production from the lower 48 states – outpacing the overall annual output of the state of Louisiana? Or that the Barnett Shale was responsible for over 119,000 jobs in Texas in 2011? (…Yea, me neither.)
Because it’s nothing if not interesting when scientists, businessmen, environmentalists and politicians all have an opinion on something – I especially enjoyed the area dedicated to the always controversial topic of hydraulic fracturing. A video explaining the history, science and political uproar surrounding the process played while an enamored audience stood and watched. (I wasn’t able to snag the actual video, but I think this one by Chesapeake Energy is great resource.) The major question always present in any energy conversation is “What’s next?” I firmly believe that to clearly look forward, one must have a full understanding of what is behind them. The Tom Hunt Energy Hall has done a stand-up job of preparing and educating the public on the history of science and technology that is oil and gas. Check out more of my pictures on the Geoforce Facebook page under the Tom Hunt Energy Exhibit album.