Wes Franklin, Geologist
Wes Franklin has 43 years of industry experience. He began his career as an offshore geologist for Gulf Oil Company in 1969, in Morgan City, Louisiana. In 1973, Mr. Franklin joined Tenneco Oil Company in Bakersfield, California and was involved with three oil discoveries in California’s San Joaquin Basin, which have ultimate reserves of over 150 million barrels. In 1982, Mr. Franklin became Exploration Manager for Tenneco’s West Texas and New Mexico division, where he directed exploration programs resulting in discoveries of several hundred billion cubic feet of gas. In 1987, he became the Division Manager for the Tenneco unit. In the 8 years Mr. Franklin served as a Manager for the Southwestern Division, the Division discovered more reserves than it produced. Following the sale of Tenneco Oil Company in 1988, Mr. Franklin became Division Manager of the South Texas Division for Fina Oil and Chemical Company. That group discovered several hundred billion cubic feet of gas while redeveloping the Slick Ranch, McAllen Ranch and McAllen-Pharr fields. Daily production of the South Texas Division increased from approximately 40 million cubic feet per day to 200 million cubic feet of gas per day. Following Fina’s reorganization to a functional design, Mr. Franklin became General Manager of Exploration for North America. In this capacity, he directed activity and projects in the following regions: Alaskan North Slope, Canadian Foothills and Alberta Basin, Belize, West Texas Permian Basin, the Marathon-Ouachita-Black Warrior thrust belts, the Smackover-Cotton Valley trend, the Mississippi-North Louisiana salt basins, and the Wilcox-Yegua-Vicksburg-Frio-Miocene trends of the Gulf Coast. Fina was an active explorer of the shelf and deep-water regions of the Gulf of Mexico.
Mr. Franklin retired from Fina in early 1997, and late in that year, became an active oil and gas consultant. Domestically, he has been involved in exploration efforts from the onshore and offshore regions of the Gulf Coast, Mid-Continent, Eastern U.S. basins, the Rocky Mountain basins and overthrusts, California, and the Williston Basin. Mr. Franklin has been involved in international projects Kazakhstan, Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, South America, North, West and East Africa.
Mr. Franklin has been extensively involved in the geological evaluation of shale plays including the Barnett, Eagle Ford, Fayetteville, Caney-Woodford Shale plays. He has also evaluated resource shale potential in French and U.K. basins. In 2010, Mr. Franklin was instrumental in purchasing over 15,000 acres in the Eagle Ford shale play. This is the acreage that Geo Resources Inc. purchased (80%) before it was drilled. The wells drilled on this acreage have proven to be very successful.
Mr. Franklin is a registered geologist with both the state of Washington and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and he is a member of GSA, SEG, and SPE. Mr. Franklin has a B.S. in Geology from Washington State University and an M.S. in Geology from Oregon State University.