Company Profile

Technical Team

Daniel Jarvie


  • Globally recognized as a leading analytical and interpretive organic geochemist, having evaluated conventional and unconventional petroleum systems around the World
  • Former Chief Geochemist of EOG Resources, Inc., largest shale oil producer in North America
  • Most notably, completed the independent geochemical analysis for Mitchell Energy, in their development of the Barnett Shale of the Fort Worth Basin, in Texas
  • Has authored many award winning industry papers and, in 2010, Mr. Jarvie was awarded “Hart Energy’s Most Influential People for the Petroleum Industry in the Next Decade”
  • Adjunct professor at Texas Christian University (TCU) and a member of the Energy Institute and Affiliate professor at the University of Oklahoma
  • Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame and mentored in geochemistry by Wallace Dow and Don Baker of Rice University

Nick Steinsberger


  • 22 years experience in petroleum engineering, drilling, production, and surface facilities
  • Completions Manager for Mitchell Energy and responsible for drilling of first 25 wells in the Barnett Shale, Mr. Steinsberger was integral to the growth of the company until its sale to Devon Energy for $3.1 Billion
  • First to recommend and implement slick water fracs in the Barnett Shale, transforming it from a marginal play to one of the largest gas fields in the USA reaching peak production of 5.75 Billion Cubic Feet per day in 2012
  • As horizontal team leader for Devon Energy, he designed the first horizontal completions in shales that are now used industry wide
  • Completed over 900 wells in the Barnett Shale and 300+ in other petroleum plays across North America
  • Bachelor of Science, Petroleum Engineering, registered Professional Petroleum Engineer, Texas

Dan Steward


  • With 48 years experience in the petroleum industry, has spent over 20 years evaluating the Barnett Shale and widely considered an expert in conventional and unconventional reservoir evaluation
  • Leading member of Mitchell Energy’s Barnett Shale team and important contributor to the success of the shale play, as well as the $3.1 billion sale of the Company to Devon in 2002
  • Thereafter, applied his in-depth understanding of source rocks to evaluating resource plays within the U.S., such as the Marcellus & Mount Pleasant shales, as well as Canada, South America, China & the U.K
  • Selected by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) for their “2007 Explorer of the Year” award for role in establishing the Barnett as one of the largest producing gas fields in the United States and the model for shale resource plays worldwide
  • In 2012, honoured as one of the “Legends of Unconventional Wildcatters” by the Houston Geological Society, and received the “Monroe G. Cheney Science Award” for his work in the Barnett Shale (AAPG) in 2013

Kent Bowker


  • With over 35 years experience in the oil & gas industry Kent is widely recognized as a global industry expert in the geology and engineering of unconventional oil & gas reservoirs
  • In 1998, while with Chevron Kent was recruited by Mitchell Energy management to join Barnett Shale Team, where he ultimately played an integral role in the successful development of the resource play and Mitchell Energy
  • His technical analysis directly led to the realization that the Barnett Shale held nearly four times more gas than previously determined, ultimately increasing Mitchell’s proven reserves from 500¬†billion cubic feet to 2.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas between 1999 & 2002
  • Since 2002 sale of Mitchell Energy, Kent has had continued success in discovering hydrocarbons in several more U.S. sedimentary basins, and is further engaged in evaluating petroleum systems globally