"Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters."
― Albert Einstein
Gary Gill Bible, Ph.D.
673 Silcox Ford Road
Helenwood, TN 37755
Proven hydrocarbon finder with an 86% career success rate who drilled his first successful wildcat as a trainee geologist. Experience both domestically (Appalachian, Anadarko, Big Horn, Black Warrior, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Denver-Julesburg, Paradox, and Williston Basins, Gulf Coast, and Alaska) and internationally (China, New Guinea, Thailand). Confirmed ability to work effectively in either a major integrated oil company or a small independent. Significant accomplishments include:
- Drilled 254 wells from 1978 through present, of which 218 were successful, an 86% career success rate. Has an 87% development well success rate (196 out of 226) and a 79% exploration well success rate (22 out of 28).
- While at Miller Energy Resources, pioneered horizontal drilling in the Mississippian Age Fort Payne by drilling the first successful horizontal water-free oil wells in that formation in North America.
- During tenure as V.P. of Geology at Miller, developed and implemented an exploration and development program which added discoveries and extensions attributable to Appalachian Basin proved reserves of 600 MBbls (thousand barrels) of oil and 10.5 MMCF (million cubic feet) of gas according to the company’s published 10-K’s.
- At Alamco, managed an active drilling program that added 79 EBCF (equivalent billion cubic feet) to the company’s proved reserves per the company’s annual reports and kept finding costs the lowest in the nation (64% below the industry average) according to John S. Herold, Inc., a nationally recognized energy consulting firm.
- Discovered fourteen new fields in Tennessee and Kentucky from 1991- present.
- Assisted in establishing the first commercial coal bed methane (CBM) field in Kentucky while at Miller.
- Has been involved in conventional, stratigraphic, and structural plays as well as coal bed methane and unconventional shale.
- Developed a proprietary database of more than 143,000 wells.
- Integrated GeoGraphix, Rockworks, DeLorme, and Arcview software to increase productivity.
- Areas of expertise include petroleum geology, geomorphology, stratigraphy, Pleistocene stratigraphy, carbonate and clastic sedimentology, mapping, subsurface correlation, air photo interpretation, core and outcrop characterization, reservoir description, integrated reservoir studies, geophysical well log interpretation, wireline log analysis and interpretation, core analysis interpretation, formation evaluation, geohazards mapping, and expert witness testimony.
- Licensed Professional Geologist ~ Tennessee by exam; Kentucky
- 2013 – Present ~ President, Cougar Dome, LLC
- 1997 – 2013 ~ Vice-President, Geology ~ Miller Energy Resources, Inc., Huntsville, TN
- 2004 – 2006 ~ Adjunct Associate Professor ~ University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences
- 1991-1997 ~ Manager of Geology, Sr. Geologist ~ Alamco, Inc., Clarksburg, WV
- 1978-1991 ~ Associate and Senior Geologist, Senior Specialist ~ Phillips Petroleum Co., Houston, TX; Bartlesville, OK; Denver, CO
- Tennessee Oil and Gas Association Board of Directors
- American Association of Petroleum Geologists (40+ year member)
- B.S., Bachelor of Science, Kent State University, Kent, OH, 1972
- M.S., Masters of Science, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 1975 (Geologic and Engineering Properties of Quaternary Age Materials at the Scranton II Road Cut, Scranton, Iowa)
- Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 1978 (Landslide Phenomena of Shell and Ten Sleep Canyons, Big Horn Mountains, Wyoming)