Award: Outstanding Explorer Award 2003
Awardee: Robert F. “Bob” Garvin
Citation published in: The Outcrop, November 2003, p. 17-18
The Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists presents its Outstanding Explorer Award to Robert F. Garvin. The award is given to individuals who contribute to significant mineral or energy discoveries.
Bob has a BS degree in Geology from the Westminster College, Salt Lake City and an MS degree in Geology from the University of Utah. His distinguished 40-year career as an exploration geologist has resulted in significant discoveries for Duncan Oil in the Wyoming Overthrust Belt, Denver Basin, Paradox Basin and Powder River Basin. Mr. Garvin managed a very active exploration team for Excel Energy, drilling over one hundred wells in one year, and from 1982 to 1986 he was responsible for three major Minnelusa discoveries in the Powder River Basin for Western Gas Resources.
Recently, Bob has used his abilities to place MarkWest Resources in a leadership role in the development of coalbed methane in the San Juan Basin, and as a gas pipeline company in the Appalachian Basin. He has drilled several successful exploration wells in the Niagaran Reef play in the Michigan Basin. Bob’s technical abilities and business acumen have established him as a leader in the petroleum industry. He exhibits the ability to find overlooked plays and apply new technology to increase reserves.
In recognition of his exploration successes, the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists presents Robert F. Garvin with its Outstanding Explorer Award.