HOUSTON, Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hart Energy has added Richard Mason to its digital media team. In his new role as Executive Editor, Mason will cover oilfield services companies as well as global exploration and production activity.
"We are proud to have Richard join the Hart Energy team," said Richard A. Eichler, president and CEO. "Few individuals have as much in-depth experience covering upstream drilling contractors and service companies – and even fewer display the analytical skills and credibility he brings to the task."
"Hart Energy has embarked on an exciting journey with its online energy coverage," Mason said. "I look forward to supplementing the efforts of an outstanding staff in providing timely and insightful contributions to a rapidly expanding customer base."
Mason is well known in the oil and gas industry. He has been quoted in major national and international media, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and BBC International radio. He originated the first rig-count metrics involving land drilling activity in unconventional plays.
Prior to joining Hart Energy, Mason was director of research at Houston-based PLS Inc., an oil and gas property brokerage and publishing firm. From 1992 to 2009, Mason published The Land Rig Newsletter, where he developed metrics to provide high-resolution perspective on the land drilling market, including regional rig utilization, rig pricing, technological evolution in drilling systems, and rig employment patterns by operator.
Mason's early career included 10 years as a field representative for the Texas Tech University archives, collecting oral histories and historical materials on petroleum, agriculture and irrigation development in the American Southwest. Mason is a 1974 graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, in history. He resides in Austin, Texas.
Hart Energy provides specialized data/information products and member-only services to targeted audiences worldwide and ranks among the leading providers of news, data and analysis for the global energy industry. Its core publishing and consulting expertise has been extended to online products (databases, maps) and services (web sites, market information) as well as industry conferences and exhibitions. Hart Energy clients derive from the energy industry, the financial and investment community, engineering and automotive industries, utilities, leading NGOs and the world's major governments.
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