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Paul Post – Mardi Gras, New Orleans

The offshore world lost an outstanding petroleum geologist when my friend and former colleague Paul Post passed away last week. His detailed obituary is linked.

Paul was the world’s leading authority on the oil and gas resource potential of the US Atlantic. He was also a gifted speaker who was skilled at presenting technical data to lay audiences. As Paul explained it, the US Atlantic has not been explored in paleo deep- and ultra-deepwater areas using exploration concepts proven successful in analogous West African and South American settings where massive discoveries have been made.

Paul estimated that the US Atlantic could contain 21.4 billion BOE with the major caveat that the presence of a working petroleum system was required and that could only be determined through drilling. At this point, the probability of major discoveries was thus modest, but the resource potential (should discoveries be made) was massive.

Unfortunately, Paul’s theories may never be tested. Prior to the 2020 elections, our self-described “energy dominance” President cynically withdrew the prospective Mid and South Atlantic areas through 2032. He had already withdrawn the highly prospective Eastern Gulf of Mexico in response to Florida political interests (even though the best EGOM prospects are more than 100 miles from Florida’s coast). Our current energy deficit President seems content to not hold any offshore lease sales while drawing down our strategic reserves.

Oh well, it was a great privilege to have known Paul and worked with such a dedicated professional. I’ll close with a couple of his favorite quotes:

“Uncertainty is an essential and nonnegotiable part of a forecast.”

Nate Silver, The Signal and the Noise

“The time to hesitate is through.”

Jim Morrison, Poet, Songwriter, and Lead Singer of The Doors

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