Fact Sheet

TITLE OF DOCUMENTARY: The Grand Energy Transition: Natural Gas – The Bridge Fuel to Our Sustainable Future
Release Date: April 2012
Length: Approximately 90 minutes
Narrator: Commander John Herrington, former NASA astronaut
Writer & Director: Greg Mellott
Executive Producer: Gray Frederickson
Producers: MeiLi Hefner & Mark A. Stansberry
Copyright: 2012 Meridian Films, LLC
TITLE OF BOOK: The Grand Energy Transition: The Rise of Energy Gases, Sustainable Life and Growth, and the Next Great Economic Expansion
Author: Robert A. Hefner III
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Copyright: 2009
Occupation: Founder and owner, The GHK Companies, a natural gas and oil company
Education: BS in Geology, University of Oklahoma
The GHK Companies: Founded in 1959, Oklahoma City, OK

Environmental, Business and Political Leaders on The Grand Energy Transition:

Salem Abraham, Abraham Trading Co. and Texas landowner
“Everybody talks about this hydraulic fracturing…I don’t see that as a real problem. So far now, here in our ranch, we have not seen it. I know that to be true…[we] test all these wells…120 times. It’s beautiful water.”


Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government and Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
“…there’s so much natural gas, we could use this for a long, long time. And it’s a very easy substitute for oil or for coal.”


Bob Anthony, Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner
“…if they don’t give proper recognition to the role that natural gas can and should play, then I think it’s going to be a problem for our country and for our competitiveness in world markets.”


Professor John Deutch, Department of Chemistry, MIT; former director CIA, former Deputy Secretary of Defense, and former Director of Energy Research, U.S. Department of Energy
“I don’t know of anybody who has been as consistently positive and strong a voice of natural gas in this country or elsewhere in this world as Hefner. Hefner has really been the leader.”


Aubrey McClendon, CEO, Chesapeake Energy
“…I’ve always admired him [Robert A. Hefner III] in not only being a visionary and a big thinker, but also trying to achieve that vision every day…”


T. Boone Pickens, Founder, BP Capital
“You have only one resource that will replace foreign oil. Seventy percent of all the oil used every day in the world is used for transportation. So we have only one fuel that will do it, and that is natural gas.”


Dr. James Schlesinger, Economist; former U.S. Secretary of Energy; former U.S. Secretary of Defense; former CIA director; Homeland Security Advisory Council; consultant, U.S. Department of Defense
“Years ago, he [Robert A. Hefner III] was scoffed at for his belief in the ample supplies of natural gas and now he turns out to be right and those who disbelieved him turned out to be wrong.”


Ted Turner, Founder, CNN, and Chairman, Turner Enterprises
“It certainly is a big improvement over coal and oil to use natural gas…”


David Walters, Walters Power International; former Governor of Oklahoma
“Well, natural gas is really it…It’s readily available. It’s piped into almost every home and business in the United States. There just isn’t any excuse for not doing it.”