Donald W. BrizzolaraDonald W. Brizzolara – Consulting Geologist

Donald Brizzolara represents 35 years of experience in oil and gas exploration and development geology (Prudhoe and Kuparuk fields), and experience as a successful prospect generator resulting in oil discoveries (Kuvlum, Midnight Sun/Sambuca) in the North Slope of Alaska.

In his consulting geologist work since 2005, Donald has drawn on his understanding of Alaskan petroleum geology including the North Slope, interior basins, Cook Inlet, Alaska Peninsula and offshore federal waters. His consulting work has been diverse and ranges from wellsite geologist to conducting regional geologic evaluations for firms such as ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP | $76.82B), Shell (NYSE:RDS.A | $214.03B), Pioneer, and Linc Energy.

Earlier in his career, Donald was employed by ARCO Alaska, Inc as an exploration and development geologist, specializing on the North Slope but also working most of Alaska's diverse petroleum provinces. During that 20-year period, he added value to ARCO's operations in CPF-3 Kuparuk River Field, Lisburne Field and the Endicott Field.

He later worked for the Alaska Division of Natural Resources (DNR), Division of Oil and Gas (DOG) as a senior petroleum geologist. His responsibilities included regional evaluations of oil and gas potential for the North Slope foothills province as a well as the Alaska Peninsula.

Donald received a B.S. degree in geology from California State University, Hayward (1975) and an M.S. degree in geology from the University of California, Davis (1979).


David T. GrossDavid T. Gross – Consulting Geologist

David Gross represents a 31-year career as a geologist and a current focus on the North Slope of Alaska doing geologic analyses and petroleum prospect evaluations, most recently in the Hemi Springs-South Prudhoe area.

David began his career at Chevron, USA, working on development geology and exploring Louisiana's outer continental shelf and slope. During this time, he mapped and evaluated 2 newly opened deep-water areas, resulting in Chevron being among the first companies to acquire deep water leasehold positions that later were sites of Lower Tertiary oil discoveries (Perdido Fold Belt).

In 1990, David was assigned to the Cook Inlet of Alaska as its Exploration Area Geologist. After evaluating and thinning Chevron's existing leasehold, he developed and had drilled an exploration prospect on the Kustatan Peninsula.

After he left Chevron in 1992, David became a consulting geologist. In the Cook Inlet, he played a key role in the development of the Sterling Gas Field; the sale of the leasehold over the future Redoubt Shoal Field; the acquisition of PERL leasehold ORR royalties in 2009; and the sale of the entire Donkel/Cade Cook Inlet leasehold of 200,000 acres to Apache in 2010.

David received his degrees from the University of Iowa where he specialized in carbonate geology: B.S. 1980 (Major: Geology) and M.S. 1982 (Geology with Thesis).