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February 1997 NEWSLETTER


MEETINGS THIS MONTH

Board of Directors Feb. 5
Petroleum Technology Forum Feb. 11
Environmental & Study Group Forum Feb. 19

GREETINGS FROM THE CHAIRMAN
The SPE is looking for a few good engineers. The January newsletter listed possible awards available to persons who have distinguished themselves with outstanding service to the engineering community or community at large. All it takes for consideration is for someone to nominate a friend, coworker, or anyone else you think is worthy of one of the thirteen (13) possible awards. Disciplines such as reservoir, drilling, and production are honored. So far, there has been minimal response (and I am being generous with the use of the word minimal ) from the membership. Certainly, there is someone out there, perhaps in our section, but anywhere in the United States, who you might know of who is deserving of recognition. Even Newt Gingrich got recent recognition from his peers! Give this matter some attention right now, check the January newsletter for various awards, and call or mail your nomination to Greg Scott. Operators are standing by!

And, while you are thinking of the SPE, there is a new position open on the board. Now is your chance to help by volunteering for this interesting, fun, and fast track position. SPE headquarters is interested in disseminating any information that might be revealed at our Long Beach or Environmental Forums. When we have a speaker who has not published his findings, an oral presentation will only reach the members who are awake at that meeting. Information or questions might be discussed of interest to other SPE sections around the country. By recording pertinent points of a talk on paper or video, the new Technical Information Office would provide a real service and recognition for our section. So, if you are interested in helping out, please call me for details.

Don't forget about the Thermal Symposium in Bakersfield February 10, 11, and 12. If you have any interest at all in thermal stimulation, this is a national event in our backyard you won't want to miss. Finally, even though the oil industry is in a very robust cycle, there are still members who are facing job changes. The SPE has a program to waive annual dues for members in good standing during difficult financial times. This is a little advertised service that might help a few people. Call headquarters in Richardson for more details. Maybe the Internal Revenue Service will adapt a similarly inspired policy?

Mitch Findlay
Chairman


FORUM MEETINGS

PETROLEUM TECHNOLOGY FORUM

Bruce Hesson, Chairman, Div. of Oil and Gas, Dept. of Conservation - (310) 590-5311
Ron Behrens, Program Chairman, Chevron Petroleum Technology Co. (310) 694-7813
Ed Santiago, Treasurer, Div. of Oil and Gas, Dept. of Conservation - (310) 590-5311
John Thompson, Secretary, The Gas Co. - (310) 578-2689

LUNCH MEETING

DATE: Tuesday, February 11, 1997

TIME: Registration: 11:15 a.m.
Lunch: 11:45 a.m.
Speaker: 12:15 p.m.
Finish: 1:00 p.m.

PLACE: Long Beach Petroleum Club
3636 Linden Ave., Long Beach
Reservations not required.

PRICE: $15.00/general - $5.00/students

SPEAKER: MR. DAN KRAMER , EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR, CALIFORNIA
INDEPENDENT PETROLEUM
ASSOCIATION (CIPA)

Mr. Kramer will be discussing CIPA activities which have helped improve the business climate for independent operators. He will also talk about important issues which could have an impact on future operations for California's independents.

CIPA is a statewide, nonprofit organization, which represents more than 550 crude oil and natural gas producers and service and supply companies on a variety of public policy issues

Mr. Kramer recommends and implements policy for the Association's 50 member Board of Directors and Executive Committee and manages a more than half-million dollar annual budget. He serves as chief spokesperson for the Association and coordinates all of its state and national legislative activities. Mr. Kramer helped CIPA achieve national recognition for California independent oil and natural gas industry on the issue of exporting Alaskan North Slope crude oil.

Daniel Patrick Kramer has worked for CIPA since April 1991. He served as the Association's Director of Public Affairs for two years and was promoted to Executive Director, his current post, in January 1993.

Prior to joining CIPA, he worked for three state Assembly members and one state Senator in various capacities, and also for the Assembly Republican Caucus.

Mr. Kramer is a fully accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, Capitol Chapter, and the Government Relations and Communications sections of the American Society of Association Executives.

Mr. Kramer is a graduate of the University of Southern California and resides in Elk Grove with his wife Ann, his son Nicholas, and new baby, Madeline.

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ENVIRONMENTAL & STUDY GROUP FORUM

CO-CHAIRS

Vivian K. Bust, Consultant, (714) 786-1185
Scott Hara, Tidelands Oil Production Co.
(310) 436-9918
Ed Mayer, Consultant, (818) 796-4437
Allan Spivak, Duke-Intera, (310) 979-4777

DATE: Wednesday, February 19, 1997

TIME: 6:00 p.m.

PLACE: Long Beach Petroleum Club

TOPIC: EVALUATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF OILFIELDS

SPEAKERS:
MR. A. P. (TONY) LANSON, JR
., Staff Reservoir Engineer, CalResources, Bakersfield CA
Mr. Lanson will talk about current activities by CalResources to maintain profitability and increase production from the Huntington Beach Field.

MR. JUAN CHACON, Torch Operating Company, Los Angeles, CA
Mr. Chacon will review workovers performed by Torch Operating Company in the Belmont Offshore Field, Platform Esther, located off Seal Beach Pier.

MR. GENNADY MOSHKOVICH, Chairman, International Symposium Association
Mr. Moshkovich will talk about environmental opportunities in Russia and NIS.

UPCOMING EVENTS

10-12 February
SPE Intl. Thermal Operations and Heavy Oil Symposium Bakersfield, California

18-21 February
SPE Intl. Symposium on Oilfield Chemistry
Houston, Texas

20 February
Internet in the Oil Field, Tom Thrasher
Bakersfield General SPE Meeting

3-5 March
SPE/EPA Exploration and Production Environmental Conference Dallas, Texas

9-11 March
SPE Production Operations Symposium
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

16-18 March
SPE Hydrocarbon Economics and Evaluation Symposium Dallas, Texas

14-16 April
SPE Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference
Kuala Lumpur

17 April
Horizontal Wells & Heavy Oil, Neil Edmunds
Bakersfield Monthly Meeting

4-8 May
Offshore Technology Conference
Houston, Texas

11-18 May
SPE Forum Series in Asia Pacific
Nusa Dua, Indonesia

14-16 May
Annual Meeting, Pacific Section of the AAPG
Bakersfield, CA

18-21 May
SPE Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting
Casper, Wyoming

15-16 August
SPE Applied Technology Workshop
Houston, Texas

Call SPE Richardson, for details (800) 456-6863
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L.A. BASIN SECTION JOB BOARD

P O S I T I O N O P E N

RESERVOIR ENGINEER

Highly profitable, growth oriented Southern California based public independent oil and gas company is seeking a Reservoir Engineer with a minimum of five years experience. California experience mandatory; Mid-Continent area background strongly desirable. Primary duties include assisting in merger and acquisition activities, preparation of internal reserve studies, liaison with outside reservoir engineers, and oversight of existing Texas and Louisiana producing properties. This individual will report directly to the Vice President of Corporate Development and will coordinate closely with the Vice President of Operations. Successful candidate must currently reside in the Los Angeles area, or wish to relocate.

Position offers competitive salary, substantial bonus opportunity, stock options, and a comprehensive benefits package.

Send Resumes to:
McFarland Energy, Inc.
ATTN: Judy Reed
10425 S. Painter Avenue
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670-3445


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