President and COO
With over 25 years of experience in the domestic and international oil and gas industry Mr. Miller has held a variety of management and technical positions oriented toward asset growth and development. Most recently he was executive vice president and COO at Cornerstone Natural Resources, a private equity operator in the North Dakota Bakken play. Previously Mr. Miller was at Saudi Aramco for eight years in gas exploration and development drilling where he managed multiple deep gas drilling and exploration projects and became manager of Aramco’s Drilling Technology Division. Mr. Miller has held drilling and production manager positions at Patina Oil & Gas and Gerrity Oil & Gas Corporation while his upstream experience also includes production and reservoir engineering assignments with Chevron Corporation in the Rocky Mountains. His mid-stream experience is complimented by consulting for gas storage and processing projects in California and Victoria, Australia. Mr. Miller has published technical papers with SPE and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.
Rey A. Baribault, P.E.
Also a co-founder of North Plains Energy, LLC, Mr. Baribault has served for nine years as CEO and President of IPR Energy, LLC (“IPR”), a Dallas-based oil and gas company which has successfully acquired, developed, inventoried and sold producing and undeveloped reserves through its affiliate companies in the Louisiana Gulf Coast, New Mexico Permian Basin, and North Central Texas. IPR has partnered with other operators, including EOG Resources and Devon Energy, to develop its HBP leasehold in the Barnett Shale oil-window.
From 1990 to 2002, Mr. Baribault served as Vice-President, Supervisor, & Petroleum Engineering Consultant with Netherland, Sewell & Associates, Inc. (“NSAI”) in Dallas. Mr. Baribault provided oil and gas reserve determinations; acquisition and divestment evaluations; field studies; expert testimony; underground gas storage field design, performance and expansion evaluations; and economic analyses of onshore and offshore properties throughout the U.S.
From 1985 to 1990, Mr. Baribault advanced from Project Engineer to Senior Engineer at Exxon Company, U.S.A. in the Eastern Division in New Orleans. He conducted reservoir engineering surveillance for deep, pressured gas fields in Louisiana identifying workover programs, drilling locations, and gas compression opportunities. His initial Joint-Venture Group assignment included reservoir and well surveillance of coastal and offshore non-operated fields; evaluation of drilling and facility installation projects proposed by joint operators; and offshore unitization projects with partner companies.
Mr. Baribault has a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University, is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and Society of Mechanical Engineers, a Registered Petroleum Engineer in the State of Texas, and petroleum engineering expert witness in North Dakota.
Randal L. Billingsley
Randy Billingsley is a geologist with over 30 years of experience in petroleum exploration, development and resource assessment in a variety of roles. His principal areas of experience are frontier basin exploration and unconventional resource exploitation. Originally educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (BA, MSc), his experience includes stints with Shell Oil Company, Amoco, Advanced Resources International, Inc, Tracker Resource Development, llc. and independent consulting. He is a registered professional geologist in Wyoming and a member of AAPG, GSA and RMAG. He is presently involved in Williston Basin (Bakken) prospect generation and development for North Plains Energy, LLC.
Joseph R. (Joe) Pope
Manager of Land & Legal
Mr. Pope is an attorney, counselor at law and a certified professional landman, with more than 29 years experience in upstream oil and gas transactions, skilled in managing the land and legal functions during all phases of the exploration and production, including lease acquisitions, drilling and producing operations, and the negotiation and drafting of pooling, unitization, joint operating, trade and other related agreements. Mr. Pope was with Exxon Corporation for 10 years and has been in private law practice in Colorado for more than 20 years, representing numerous clients in the Rocky Mountain region. His experience includes: lease acquisition, producing property acquisitions and sales, corporate and limited liability company mergers, joint exploration and development agreements ranging in size from a single prospect to basin-wide development programs, management of land and legal issues in multi-year drilling and development programs, negotiation of the sale and purchase of producing oil and gas properties, exploration prospects, farm-in agreements, joint venture agreements, unit operating agreements, investor participation agreements for exploration prospects and development projects, and producing property, leasehold, drilling and division order title opinions. He has represented clients before state and federal regulatory agencies throughout the western United States.
Mr. Pope was previously a land manager with ExxonMobil in Denver and Midland, with oversight for leasing, title and title clearance, due diligence, and production operations land matters for most of the western United States. Prior to joining ExxonMobil, he practiced general law in Monte Vista, Colorado. Mr. Pope holds a B.A. in Economics and J.D. in Law from the University of Colorado.
Mathew (Mat) Ekblad
Mathew Ekblad is an Oil and Gas Landman that has been working out of the Williston Basin for the past 5 years. He started his career with Northwest Abstract and Title, Inc. of Williston, ND. During his time in the oilfield his positions have included title search, well permitting, and most recently directing title crews and lease negotiating. Mat graduated with an Associates Degree from the University of North Dakota - Williston (1998) and a Bachelors Degree from North Dakota State University (2001).
Phil Jore is one of NPE's key field personnel negotiating oil and gas leases as well as doing title research. He received a BS degree from Bemidji State University in 1978 and a MFA degree from the University of Minnesota in 1982. He lives in the heart of the oil activity in the Williston basin and has worked as an independent Landman for various oil companies. He has been with the NPE team from the beginning and brings strong skills in research and communication.