Richard D. Atkins has over 30 years of oil and gas industry experience. He has held various positions with Exxon and Startex Drilling and was President of Mariah Energy from 1982 until the company was sold in 1998.
In recent past years, Mr. Atkins served as a Technical Hearings Examiner in the Office of General Counsel of The Texas Railroad Commission. He not only conducted protested and unprotested hearings concerning oil and gas well matters, but also assisted attorneys in resolving legal issues concerning compliance with provisions of the Texas Natural Resources Code, Water Code, Administrative Procedure Act and Railroad Commission Rules. As a Technical Hearings Examiner, Mr. Atkins also summarized expert technical testimony and presented oral summaries to the elected Railroad Commissioners at regularly scheduled public conferences.
Currently, Mr. Atkins is a Consulting Petroleum Engineer located in the Austin area. He assists his clients with the following services:
- Preparing exhibits and testifying at Railroad Commission hearings
- Filing of Railroad Commission drilling permits, completions and procedure applications
- Railroad Commission research and staff collaboration
- Contract operator, which includes supervision of all field operations, drilling, cementing, completion, production, workover and other daily operations
- Prospect and producing property evaluations, field development assistance and divestiture or debt workout proposals
Mr. Atkins not only has a proven ability for company leadership and management of oil and gas exploration and development projects, but also has an extensive background in project management. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Petroleum Engineering with The State of Texas (License No. 49204) and holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin.