From the Midland Reporter Telegram

Shale pioneer George P. Mitchell is among the Petroleum Museum Hall of Fame inductees for 2019. The other inductees are Robert C. Bledsoe, Arlen L. Edgar and L.D. “Buddy” Sipes Jr.

George P. Mitchell

–Mitchell, a Galveston native, graduated first in the Class of 1940 at Texas A&M University. He received a petroleum engineering degree with an emphasis in geology. He began his career with Amoco, before being commissioned a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

After his military service, Mitchell joined Oil Drilling Inc. as a consulting geologist and engineer and later became a partner. He was named president in 1959, and under his leadership the company evolved into one of the nation’s largest independent oil and gas producers.

Over his career, Mitchell was involved in more than 10,000 wells, including 1,000 wildcats and made more than 200 oil and 350 gas discoveries.

He pioneered drilling and completion technologies that helped create the shale gas revolution. He enabled the first viable production of gas in the Barnett Shale employing the first successful application of hydraulic fracturing.

Mitchell served as a member of the National Petroleum Council and three terms as president of the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association. He was a director of the Gas Research Institute and a member of the World Resources Institute Council.

He died in 2013 at the age of 94.

Robert C. Bledsoe

–Bledsoe was born in El Paso, grew up in Marfa and graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in 1949. He served in the U.S. Air Force graduated from the University of Texas law school in 1955.

Bledsoe joined the firm of Baker, Botts, Andrews and Sheppard in Houston, and after two years, he joined the firm of Hervey, Dow and Hinkle in Roswell, New Mexico. He joined the Midland firm of Stubbeman, McRae, Sealy, Laughlin & Browder in 1959, and during his time there, he was engaged by British Petroleum to work on the Prudhoe Bay Unit Agreement and Unit Operating Agreements.

In 1974, six lawyers left the Stubbeman firm to form Cotton, Bledsoe, Tighe and Morrow. The founders envisioned a small firm, but with the Arab oil crisis, the law firm grew to 35 lawyers.

Bledsoe was among the first Texas attorney to be certified a specialist in oil, gas and mineral law. He has served on the board of the Oil and Gas Specialization. He was recognized by the Texas Bar Foundation in 2008 and received the Fifty-Year Lawyer Award.

Arlen L. Edgar

–Edgar was born in Stephenville and graduated from Tarleton State University, then a two-year school, and transferred to the University of Texas where he graduated in 1957 with a bachelor of science in petroleum engineering. Among the companies he has worked for are Pan American Petroleum Corp. in Odessa; Leibrock, Landreth, Campbell and Callaway, where he was a reservoir engineer and manager of the consulting division; and Kanata Exploration Co. Edgar served as vice president, president and director of Tipperary Land and Exploration and as managing director in Brisbane, Australia.

Edgar became general manager of Western States Producing Co. in 1971, and in 1973, he became an independent consultant and investor.

Edgar is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers, the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers and the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists.

L.D. ‘Buddy’ Sipes, Jr.

–Sipes, a Big Spring native, received a bachelor of science in petroleum engineering from Texas Tech University in 1957. He began his career with Core Laboratories Inc., and after he served with the U.S. Army, he moved to Midland to establish a consulting office for Core.

Two years later, Sipes joined a local petroleum consulting firm, which he and his associates purchased and renamed Sipes, Williamson & Associates Inc. He formed Chisos Operating Inc. in 1980, and founded Diversified Remediation Inc., a Houston-based environmental cleanup company, in 1990.

Sipes has helped establish definitions and accepted standards for reservoir engineering that also were used by the Texas Water Development Board and the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Petroleum Museum Hall of Fame

The Petroleum Museum Hall of Fame, which was instituted in October 1967, honors “those persons and firms who have made outstanding contributions to the development of the petroleum industry or have served as worthy examples to those in the petroleum industry,” according to a press release from the museum.

Previous inductees include former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, former commerce secretary Don Evans, state Rep. Tom Craddick, Concho Chairman and CEO Tim Leach; and Scott Sheffield, chairman of the board of Pioneer Natural Resources.

The induction ceremony is planned for May 2 at the Petroleum Club. To learn more about the inductees, go to pbpetro.org. For more information about the event, contact Luanne Thornton at [email protected] or 432-683-4403.

 


Legal Notice