Joseph H. Frantz Jr SPE Luncheon Meeting

Shale Plays: How Technology, Governments, Regulators, Academia, and the Public Have Changed the World’s Energy Supply and Demand Equation

The Salt Lake Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers will host a meeting on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at the Energy & Geoscience Institute (EGI), located at 423 Wakara Way, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, 84108.  A map is provided at the end of this meeting announcement. Joseph Frantz Jr., Vice President of Engineering at Range Resources is the speaker.

Participants should plan on gathering and paying for lunch starting at 11:30 a.m.; the presentation starts at noon. The cost is $15.00 for members and guests, complimentary for students. Please RSVP to John McLennan, email: jmclennan@egi.utah.edu or (801) 634-4412 by close-of-business on Monday, April 6, 2015. Please try to adhere to the deadline for reservations in order to keep costs down.


The global shale revolution is just beginning. Production from US shale reservoirs has increased from 2.5 Bcf/D to more than 25 Bcf/D since 2007, illustrating the viability of this prolific new source of long-term gas supply. Other countries will undoubtedly use the knowledge developed in North America to jump start their own shale plays. Although technical advancements are largely responsible for unlocking the potential of shale gas, the industry’s coordination with a broad set of stakeholders arguably have equal, and perhaps more, influence on the implementation of new shale developments. As such, they will increasingly affect our industry’s ability to develop these resources. This presentation focuses on key technological advancements that drive shale gas development, but also the important aspect of how the industry is working with governments, regulators, academia, and the public more collaboratively to maximize the immense benefits from this opportunity while fostering the use of best practices.


Joseph H. Frantz Jr. is the vice president of engineering technology at Range Resources. He started working on shale reservoirs in 1984 and has been involved with studies on many shale fields across the United States. Frantz has authored or coauthored more than 40 publications and taught an industry school on developing shale reservoirs. He holds a BS degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

423 Wakara Way, Suite 300
Salt Lake City, UT 84108