Founded by Mick McMurry in 1996, Nerd Gas Company, LLC is one of Wyoming’s leading entrepreneurs in energy projects in a state recognized for its the depth and breadth of its mineral resources.


At the time of its founding, Nerd Gas Company was a successful working interest partner in the discovery and 9-year development of both the prolific Jonah Field and Pinedale Anticline in Sublette County, Wyoming. Jonah Field was sold to Alberta Energy (later changed its name to Encana) in June 2000, and the Pinedale Anticline was sold in November 2001 to Shell.


Nerd Gas was awarded the 2007 Torch Award for Business Ethics by the Rocky Mountain Region Better Business Bureau and is Wyoming’s first-ever recipient of the award.


In 2008, Nerd Gas Company contracted with the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to conduct a feasibility study investigating the technical and economic viability of locating a natural gas-to-liquids facility in the State of Wyoming. Initial feedback delivered by INL suggested Nerd continue to advance the project. Nerd has been working with technology providers and the State of Wyoming in a proposed modular designed GTL project located in central Wyoming. A limited liability company, US GTL, has been formed as a special purpose company to advance this project.


In 2011, Nerd Gas, along with three local partners possessing significant geologic and exploration expertise, formed Stakeholder Energy, LLC. Stakeholder was formed to pursue large-scale uranium exploration in Natrona County, Wyoming. Stakeholder has leased significant acreage ideally positioned between Cameco’s Highland Ranch processing facility and the Irrigary and Christensen Uranium mine sites.


Hard work and an innovative mindset drove Mick McMurry to where he is today – president and founder of Nerd Gas Company.


The eldest son of Wyoming entrepreneur W.N. “Neil” McMurry, Mick is a Wyoming native who graduated from Natrona County High School in Casper in 1964. Attending the University of Wyoming, Mick earned a B.A. in business administration in 1968.


After a military tour, he returned home and formed a construction company with his brother, Vic.  McMurry Brothers Construction was established in April 1970. The company was dissolved in April 1988, and Mick began his venture in the oil and gas industry with McMurry Oil Company. Partnering with Neil and John Martin, Mick was integral in the development of the Jonah Field and Pinedale Anticline.


Mick went on to found Nerd Gas Company, a company that is motivated by the Wyoming State Code and continues to explore energy projects.


The McMurry Foundation was co-founded in 1998 by Mick and his wife, Susie. A philanthropic organization, their mission is to serve the youth, underprivileged and civic institutions of Natrona County and the rest of Wyoming.


In August 2004, Mick was named to the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Hall of Fame. Four years later, he received the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States (IPAMS) distinguished Wildcatter of the Year award.


Nerd Gas Company is connected to various entities through its owner, Mick McMurry. With interests in equipment rental, charter aviation, commercial banking and vessel fabrication, the McMurry Family of Companies boasts a versatile and expansive portfolio of capabilities.


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