Brad Hayes

Brad Hayes is president of Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd., and is a geoscientist with more than 35 years of experience in the petroleum industry. After starting with Shell and working with several operating companies, Brad joined PRCL in 1996, where he has had the good fortune to work in petroleum basins around the world.

  • ‘Experts’ In The Media World Of 2019

    Recently I talked about the incredible depth of science, engineering and business expertise resident in the Canadian oil and gas industry — and how it must be better harnessed to provide facts and perspective about critical issues of the day to governments, regulators, and concerned members of the public. But a few months ago, I castigated various scientists for providing “expert” opinion, very inexpertly, on policy and regulatory matters. 

    June 3, 2019, 5:48 AM MDT

  • Industry Professionals Can Lead The Way In Engaging The Public

    Although not generally appreciated by government or the public, the network of scientific, engineering and business knowledge supporting the Canadian oil and gas industry is truly impressive. I’m tempted to say that it’s unparalleled in this country, and perhaps any other.

    April 9, 2019, 6 AM MDT

  • Is There Still Room For Small Companies In Oil And Gas Exploration?

    In pondering the future of the oil and gas industry, I wonder whether it will include junior (small) companies, which have been the crucibles of many new ideas, concepts and plays over the years.

    March 5, 2019, 6 AM MST

  • Oil And Gas ‘Human Capital’ A Valuable Asset For Canada

    A few months ago, I talked about the future of the oil and gas industry — pointing out that it faces a huge task over the coming years in growing production to match ever-increasing demand worldwide.

    February 5, 2019, 8:02 AM MST

  • Examining The Debates And Science Around Hydraulic Fracturing

    Last month I talked about the role of science in supporting decisions on important societal issues such as climate and energy.

    January 14, 2019, 7:10 AM MST

  • The Proper Application Of Science In Energy Policy

    Much has been written recently about the role of science in influencing important issues of the day. 

    December 5, 2018, 6 AM MST

  • Energy Supply And The Future Of The Oil And Gas Industry

    In the first two parts of this series, I talked about world energy supply and demand over the next few decades, pointing out that all credible energy forecasts show humanity using more and more fossil fuels, at least into the 2040s.

    November 6, 2018, 8:30 AM MST

  • Energy Supply And The Future Of The Oil And Gas Industry

    Last month, I talked about world energy supply and demand over the next few decades, and pointed out that all credible energy forecasts show humanity using more and more energy every year — and that fossil fuels will continue to dominate energy supply at least into the 2040’s (click here to review that article).

    October 15, 2018, 6 AM MDT

  • Analysis: Energy Supply And The Future Of The Oil And Gas Industry

    How will society actually meet its energy needs in the coming decades? 

    September 4, 2018, 7:23 AM MDT

  • Analysis: The ‘Climate’ For Unconventional Oil And Gas Development Across Canada — Where Are We, And Why?

    Unconventional hydrocarbon development — extracting oil and gas from low-permeability reservoirs — generally requires horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. 

    August 7, 2018, 6:28 AM MDT

  • Analysis: Is The ‘Shale Revolution’ Working For Oil?

    Ten plus years ago, we heard about the “Shale Revolution” — the realization that horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing were changing the face of the oil industry, unleashing huge new supplies of gas and oil from low-permeability (shale and tight) reservoirs. 

    July 9, 2018, 6 AM MDT