Mike has over fifty five years of hard manual labor as a drilling and work-over roughneck, roustabout on lease crews, backhoe and dozer operator, ditch digger, worm, gopher, drilling consultant, boss, problem solver and the man to blame for everything. You name it, Mike's done it...still going wide-ass open 24/7 at 69. Started wrenching and tailing out sucker rods at the age of six. Leaned to throw a spinning chain on a drilling rig by 10 and was a driller by 18. Was taught structural geology and well economics by the best, well known oil finders in Texas; generates and drills prospects on his geology, with his own money. Forty years as an independent oil and natural gas producer in South Texas. Currently operating oil and natural gas wells and managing various non-operated working and royalty interests in Texas using basically the same employees since inception. We're family.
Voluntarily EPA and TCEQ compliant with methane emissions standards. Industry frontrunner in rendering produced water beneficial to the environment and drafting corresponding regulatory guidance for its discharge to the land surface before the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States and the Railroad Commission of Texas.
Former part-time blowout hand for Boots and Coots, Inc., Oil Well Firefighters & Blowout Specialists, Houston, Texas, with worldwide experience; 1993-1997. Historian; co-producer and technical advisor for documentaries on the history of oil well firefighting and blowout control. Speaker. Published writer. Published photographer. Museum curator and research contributor to numerous organizations including the Harry Ransom Research Institute at the University of Texas and the Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.
Member AAPG, STGS, SPE, and the Produced Water Society. Member of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil with specific research interest in unconventional shale economics, reserve accounting and swimming against the current with regard to shale oil and shale gas abundance and long term sustainability.
Passionate about his life's work; dedicated to preserving the rich and colorful history of our great industry.
25th Kuwait Anniversery; Richard Hatteburg, David Thompson, Mike Shellman and Raymond Henry
Mike's company, the cover of World Oil Magazine; 1997