Dave's Statement of Purpose
Over the years, many people have asked me why I gave up a lucrative job in oil exploration to work for environmental organizations. I tell them as a Geologist I felt it was my role to make the earth a better place, not an inhospitable planet. Truthfully, the closer I got to CEOs in Big Oil the more disgusted I became.
It wasn’t that I didn’t try to convince heads of some giant oil companies to act more responsibly and sustainably. I met with the leaders of Union Oil of Calif., Texaco/Chevron, Tenneco Oil, and even the infamous Ken Lay, CEO of the former Enron Oil and Gas. I advised them to be more sensitive to the politics and cultures of Third World countries. “Kenny Boy” in Enron told me if they didn’t like the way we conducted our business we would simply replace their politicians with opponents. I didn’t realize at the time that the same strategy was being applied to America and the developed world.
Decades later, when I tried to use my insights to inform policy in traditional environmental organizations I was told to focus on fundraising. Even when I argued that methods mattered and the only way to win the battle with Big Oil was legally and ethically, I was rebuffed.
Now I’m tired of the status quo and business as usual while the planet heats up. It’s time to force politicians and agencies to do their jobs. Now is the time for environmental organizations to remember their roots and measure their successes by results not headlines.
We have a strategic plan that we know will work. It is the only plan for which Big Oil has no defense. Join us and we’ll show you how to win this game turning our nation and the world toward justice and transparency.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING:
B.Sc. Geology - University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Graduate Studies in Geology - Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
M.Sci – Geo Information Science- Salem State College, Salem, MA
Awards and Scholarships
Graduate Research Assistantship, Salem State College
Cal-State Scholarship - 4-yr. Academic Scholarship to Univ. of Southern Calif.
Martin Van Couvering Science Award for Academic Excellence
Technical Training Courses:
Advanced Survey Methods
Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Spatial Database Design and Analysis
Interpretation of Remote Sensing Imagery
Hazards of North America
Applied Statistical Inference
Applied Environmental Geophysics
Principles of Tectonics - OGCI
Forecasting Oil and Gas Trends - Enron
Seismic Facies Analysis - Geoquest Intl
Abnormal Pressure Seminar - Tenneco
Structural Geology - OGCI
Carbonate Deposition - Tenneco
Formation Evaluation - Schlumberger
Applied Petroleum Geology - OGCI
Stratigraphic Interpretation of Seismic Data - Houston Geol Soc.
Exploration for Carbonate Reservoirs - ERICO
Practical Mudlogging - Exlog
Delta Seminar - Texaco
Reservoir Engineering - Texaco
Exploration for Deepwater Sandstones - AAPG
Coastal Depositional Processes – LSU
Management Training Courses:
Leadership Studies – Salem State College
How to Evaluate and Develop International Projects – Univ. of Tulsa
Finance and Accounting Concepts and Practices - Tenneco
Organizational Action Workshop - Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro NC
Managing Exploration Risk - Tenneco
Human Resource Management - Tenneco
Basic Economics – Tenneco