Bill Fairhurst

President & Founder

Riverford Exploration, LLC

Bill has been involved in the majority of U.S. resource plays prior to the resource revolution, is credited with economic discovery of the WolfBone play in the Delaware Basin by focusing completions and impacting completions design.  Previously, he placed his company in Elm Coulee Bakken Field prior to its discovery, the largest onshore U.S. discovery in 56 years.  He and his teams have also discovered dozens of new fields in traditional plays in the Williston, Rocky Mountains, Permian, mid-Continent, Gulf Coast Mesozoic basins and offshore U.S.

Bill is President of Riverford Exploration, LLC an E&P Company and consulting practice in The Woodlands and Dallas, Texas and Science Professor at Lee College.  Bill has served as President / COO of Discovery Resources & Development, Vice President of Land & Exploration and Chief Geologist for several well-known Independent E&P companies after fifteen years in technical and managerial roles with Marathon Oil.  

Bill has successfully applied Analytics in the Oil & Gas Industry for decades to find new drill well locations, including a 6,000 BOPD well, field studies and unitization, Geo-Econometrics models and Money Ball Golf.  He is currently working with SCA, Subsurface Consultants & Associates, LLC, assisting in development of Analytics training and consulting for technical, land, finance and other industry business functions.  The use of analytics in geosciences, reservoir engineering, drilling and completions is the subject of his presentation today.

Bill graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in Geology, Economics-Management; the University of Missouri-Columbia with Master in Geology; and from the University of Houston with Master of Business Administration in Finance.  He has provided Expert Legal testimony involving geology, engineering and economic evaluation; provided and managed professional testimony before nine state Industrial Commissions; published and spoken nationally and internationally in technical, business and policy forums.

Bill Fairhurst


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