You’ve been involved with the conference for the last 3 years. What do you like most about the planning process?
Planning the Energy Summit is both an honor and a challenge. And that’s during “normal” times in Colorado. 2020 is anything but normal as our industry faces extraordinary challenges domestically and from abroad. Through the Energy Summit planning process, I get to work with bright, creative people, both COGA’s staff and industry volunteers, in a team effort to deliver the content and information that our members need.
What are you most excited about / looking forward to?
I’ve been involved in the oil and gas industry in many capacities since 1978, so for me, the Energy Summit provides me the opportunity to catch up with other “vintage” colleagues while also meeting people just coming into the business. It is the opportunity to share stories of the past but more importantly share ideas, based on decades of experience, to help our industry survive and someday again thrive.
Looking at the sessions we have lined up this year, which one are you most looking forward to and why?
For me, the Intersection of Technology and Regulation is of great interest. It’s the space where the oil and gas industry intersects with public opinion that’s expressed through regulations. How our industry manages this space is important not only here in Colorado, but in other producing states and neighboring countries.
Of course, the session on Finance is going to have increased importance this year as production forecasts, demand forecasts, pricing models, and cost containment impacts modify development economics. Our industry faces a constantly changing set of interdependent variables that we will all want to see discussed.
What is the best advice you can give to the next generation of industry leaders?
It’s all about relationships. This includes professional relationships such as SPE and SPEE, industry relationships via COGA and the Denver Petroleum Club, industry/public relationships via Chambers of Commerce, as well as informal relationships with regulators, community leaders, local and state governments, etc. While it’s great to get together with our cohorts in the industry, it’s more important than ever to establish positive working relationships outside of our industry.
Why is it vital that young energy professionals attend The Energy Summit?
Again, it’s all about relationships. And the Energy Summit is a great forum to see industry leaders in panel discussions, meet with regulators and politicians, and catch up with your cohorts. Mix it up and sit with people at lunch whom you’ve never met. Oilfield people are friendly and welcoming.
For attendee’s coming to the conference from out of town, what is your favorite downtown Denver restaurant?
While my co-chair, Kelly Muldoon, has recommended a great steak restaurant, I like independent restaurants that are unique to Denver. For meat, it’s the Buckhorn Exchange. I also like roaming through Union Station, whether for a drink or a meal, and admiring the recent renovation of this landmark. And there’s no shortage of micro-breweries around our town.
Any great books or binge-worthy shows to recommend?
Yes, Factfullness. It’s an interesting read that addresses how two things can seem to be in conflict, yet both are true. We often get hung up on our position and it can be difficult to understand seemingly contrary facts. Factfullness presents information sets and helps bridge them. Also, The Grid. The name speaks for itself, and we’re not talking about football.
About Peter Mueller
Mr. Peter Mueller co-founded EcoVapor Recovery Systems, LLC in 2010 and has over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and is a proven leader in management, engineering and commercial positions, onshore and offshore value generation, acquisitions and divestments, problem solving, litigation and negotiations and improvement in all aspects of the natural gas value chain, including production, gathering and processing. He served as Commissioner and Chairman of the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission, from 2001 to 2008. He holds a BSc in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
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