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Industry Expert to Discuss Unconventional Oil and Gas Reservoirs

The Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University will present an energy conference Feb. 4 and 5 featuring a presentation by an industry expert and a screening of the documentary film “Switch.” The conference is free to the public, but pre-registration is required.

The conference is part of the Karl F. and June S. Martin Family Foundation Energy Speaker Series. Events will be held in the Kerr McGee Auditorium in the business school at N.W. 27th Street and McKinley Avenue.

Scott Tinker, director of the Bureau of Economic Geology and director of the Advanced Energy Consortium, will give a presentation Feb. 5 titled “Unconventional Oil and Gas Reservoirs: Mountain or Molehill?”

Tinker is the state geologist of Texas and the acting associate dean of research for the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas. He was recently named a “Top Producer in Texas” by Texas Monthly magazine and is featured in the documentary “Switch.”

The documentary will be screened Feb. 4. “Switch” is about the latest trends and the future of the energy industry. It was the premiere opening night film at the Environmental Film Festival and won the Best of Fest at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival. It has been lauded by supporters of both fossil fuel and renewable energy resources.

The documentary gleans the expertise of officials from around the world in a wide variety of energy companies, and from sources in government and academic institutions. It is part of the Switch Energy Project, an effort designed to build a balanced national understanding of energy.

The conference will run from 11 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m. each day and lunch will be provided. For more information or to register for the conference, visit

Meinders School of Business Dean Steven Agee said the conference addresses a topic that has been growing in relevance in recent years.

“The energy industry is one of the most important discussion topics in the world today,” Agee said. “It is a convergence of discussions in terms of international politics, environmental concerns and business profits while serving the needs of consumers. Energy is perhaps the most important debate in the world today, and we hope these presentations will serve to inform and stimulate ideas in how the industry should continue.”

For more information contact Melissa Cory at (405) 208-5540 or


Scott Tinker

Scott Tinker