I'll definitely watch your back, Cora, but just so you know, while I have taken various petroleum-specific courses (seismic, sequence stratigraphy, basin analysis), my area of expertise is ore deposits. I will be much less help than Petro or edge. I do have the same concerns as Petro, however. The application of the geosciences to natural resource exploration / exploitation is a fairly advanced topic to tackle, especially considering the most interested party. I am proud of Faith for taking this step, but it's a bit like jumping into Differential Equations before you've taken Trig. I do think that this topic could be a great introduction into how science, specifically geology, is applied to real-world problems. The "profitability" of a scientific model is a fairly good indicator of its robustness. The problem with Creationist models seems to be that they have no model.
In all honesty, I hope everyone has the time because this will be a technically-intensive topic to cover. In the past when I've posted a more technically advanced argument, Faith has not understood it at all. In fact, Faith has had significant difficulty understanding basic geologic principles... mostly because she doesn't believe them, but that's also a problem. Because of this, I feel that perhaps the best way for this topic to proceed would be to follow Dr. A's template in his Intro to Geology thread where he introduced specific topics, allowed for clarifying questions, and debating (per se) was prohibited. If Faith seriously wants to learn about this topic, allowing Cora and/or others to present the process and theory behind it first, is a necessity. Getting bogged down with arguments after the first post will hinder the stated purpose of the thread. After Cora is satisfied with what has been introduced, then the debating can begin.
But seriously, where do you start?
All I know is that all mineral deposits, particularly oil/gas, are intimately connected to stratigraphy and structure. You almost have to start with Sedimentology, then move onto Stratigraphy, Sequence Stratigraphy, structure, etc.