Banks Oil & Gas Consulting

Energy Business Experts

The Banks Group, formerly Banks Information Solutions, was founded in 1982 by JB Bleckley to serve the growing information needs of the oil and gas and environmental industries. Primarily focused on data gathering, data dissemination and regulatory due diligence, Banks provides services ranging from mapping and document research to regulatory consulting services. Clients include oil and gas operators, environmental consulting/engineering firms, real estate developers, law firms and industrial corporations.

Our team of research and consulting professionals offer a broad range of experience including expertise in:

  • The Texas Railroad Commission’s Inner Workings and Procedures
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS),
  • Environmental Planning
  • Environmental Resource management
  • Regulatory Analysis
  • Executing Due Diligence Research through State and Federal Regulatory Agencies

Banks saves clients time and money by synthesizing and delivering site assessment information in a format most appropriate for individual client’s needs.

For clients with more complex needs, Banks offers regulatory consulting services ranging from permit preparation and facilitation to government contract negotiations, litigation support and even expert testimony. Our relationship with regulatory authorities in the state of Texas in particular has been instrumental in helping clients negotiate the regulatory maze and expedite the process of due diligence.

For more information about the specific reports and services available through Banks, visit our Environmental Data services page.

Management Team

JB Bleckley — President/CEO (

JB Bleckley, President of The Banks Group, was born in Texas and couldn’t get back soon enough. After growing up in North Carolina, Bleckley graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. After college, he worked on the presidential campaign for Jimmy Carter and later was appointed to the Appalachian Regional Commission by the Carter Administration.

In the late 1970s, Bleckley moved back to Texas and began learning about the oil and gas business working for his father-in-law, Bud Mandell, owner of Sabio Oil and Gas. He served a stint in oil field equipment sales for Sovereign Supply before forming his own company, Banks Petroleum Reporting Services, in 1982. For the past 28 years, Bleckley has grown Banks into a full-service consulting, research and data dissemination firm, serving the needs of both the oil and gas and environmental industries.

Joe Gonzalez – Vice President (

In June of 2006 Joe Gonzalez began service as Vice President of Banks Information Solutions. Prior to 2006 he served as Director of Services for Banks Information Solutions since 1997. Gonzalez oversees the management of the oil and gas division.  He is also responsible for the administration of all research projects for Banks oil and gas clients. He specializes in compliance reviews and audits, due diligence, investigative file research, toxic-tort litigation research and support, multi-state file research, federal agency file research and professional liaison services.

A native of Corpus Christi, Texas, Gonzalez moved to the New York and New Jersey area where he obtained his degree in government from Richard Stockton College just outside of Atlantic City, New Jersey. After moving back to Texas in 1991, Gonzalez worked for the Texas House of Representatives and then the Texas Railroad Commission, where he obtained the base of his oil and gas knowledge.