February 2002

Los Angeles Basin Section Newsletter

Letter from the Chair . . .    John Thompson

Dear Members,

As an added attraction to our next lunch meeting on Tuesday, February 12th , I would like to cordially invite you to share in presenting the following members their Legion of Honor Certificates. 

Mr. Barry L. Evans                                         

Mr. Harry J. Krebs

Ms. Elizabeth Johnston Oliver

Mr. H. Donald Outmans

Mr. F. X. Pendarvis

Mr. Paul Ravesies

Mr. Burton B. Sandiford          

This is in appreciation for their 50 years of continuous and active SPE membership. Member involvement has always been the key to the Society's growth, so please join us in expressing appreciation to these outstanding members.

 John A. Thompson, LA Basin Section Chairperson





DATE:             Tuesday, February 12, 2002                                              

TIME:              11:30 am – Social

                        12:00 pm – Lunch

                        12:30 pm – Presentation

PLACE:          Long Beach Petroleum Club

                        3636 Linden Avenue

                        Long Beach,  CA

COST:            $15.00  General; $5.00 Students


SPEAKER:      Dixon Oriola,

Los Regional Water Quality Control Board

TOPIC:  Emerging Chemicals Detected in Groundwater in LA County  


The term "Emergent Chemicals" is used by USEPA and other regulatory agencies to identify a group of chemicals found in groundwater that are now causing great concern to water supply companies, municipalities and elected officials nation wide.  In California these chemicals are: N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), ammonium perchlorate, and 1,4-Dioxane, Chromium VI, methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) and 1,2,3-Trichloropropane.  These chemicals were not generally screened for until their detection in Azusa area in 1997.  Since then, monitoring wells, municipal wells and some irrigation wells have detected many of these emergent chemicals, statewide and in Los Angeles County.  Unfortunately, USEPA Superfund remedies (for San Fernando Valley & San Gabriel Valley) had required the construction of many drinking water treatment plants to remove volatile organic compounds, not emergent compounds.  Remediating groundwater impacted by emergent chemicals will significantly increase in the near future.



Mr. Oriola is currently Unit Chief (Senior Engineering Geologist) for the Well Investigation Program (WIP) at the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (LARWQCB), a sub-department under the California Environmental Protection Agency.  The WIP covers the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valley Superfund Areas, including the Chromium VI Investigation. Mr. Oriola has worked for 8 years with Regional Board in the Landfills, Enforcement, Underground Storage Tanks and now the Well Investigation Program. Previously, Mr. Oriola served as Area Exploration Geologist and later as Advanced Development Geologist for Unocal's Oil & Gas Division in California for 15 years.  Mr. Oriola's educational background includes a B.A. in Geology and a B.A. in African Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


For additional information, please contact: 

Tom Hoy, Long Beach Dept. of Oil Properties (562) 570-3943, tohoy@ci.long-beach.ca.us
Brennan Campbell, THUMS  (562) 624-3536, Brennan_Campbell@oxy.com

Thais Montenegro de McComb, (714)962-1723, tmontenegro@prodigy.net

Dan Dudak, State Lands, (562) 590-5201, dudakd@slc.ca.gov


2003 Western Regional Mtg. Announcement


The 2003 Western Regional Meeting will be held jointly with the American Association of Petroleum Geologist on May 19-23, 2003.   Watch the newsletter for additional information.


West Coast PTTC Workshop


DATE:             Thursday, February 21, 2002                                               

TIME:              8:30am -1:00pm

PLACE:          Hyatt Valencia Conference Center

COST:            $40; Includes refreshments, lunch, and workshop materials


SPEAKERS:    Stephen Marinello, Terralog Tech.

John Jepson, DOGGR

Eric Davis, Pinnacle Tech.

Mike Bruno, Terralog Tech.

TOPIC:  Waste Injection in Oilfield Operations – Technology and Case Studies

Abstract:  Slurry Fracture Injection is a technology in which oilfield wastes (such as produced solids, tank bottoms, drilling muds, and crude contaminated surface soils) are mixed with water and injected into deep geologic formations.  This workshop reviews the application of the technology, the mechanics of solids injection and fracture in weakly consolidated media, and guidelines developed through a DOE research project to maintain containment and long-term injectivity

Reservations: Online at www.westcoastpttc.org




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