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NOVEMBER 1998

NEWSLETTER

 

Letter from the Chairman...

In our last board of director's meeting, some very good ideas emerged regarding our section's involvement in community relations and our role as financial supporter and mentors. The SPE has always encouraged involvement in our schools and our section has answered that with generous support to our local college SPE student chapters, the PTTC's Intern Mentoring Program (COMET) and high school scholarships.

However, we are now receiving other requests from our local public elementary schools. They are seeking volunteers to serve as guest speakers for their classrooms to help teach their children for an hour, e.g. during "Earth Week", etc., so that they could reap the benefit of knowledge from an experienced industry person. This is nothing new, but the need seems to be greater now than before, especially in the primary grades.

This is an excellent opportunity to spread our good work to a classroom of eager young minds. John Japson, Scholarship Chairman & Director, told me after one of these classroom instructions, "You know Ed, my mother was a teacher and always wanted me to come to one of her classes and explain what I do and why it's important to everyone. And now I'm glad that I'm doing it."

Scott Hara, Community Relations Chairman, asked me if I would help put on a seminar for interested members on what is discussed in the classroom and the kind of materials that are used. I have agreed and therefore will be setting up a day and time for this program, it will be posted in our forthcoming SPE newsletter. I hope to see you there.

Ed Santiago
1999 Chairman

 

NOVEMBER SCHEDULE of EVENTS

Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 4th, 12 pm

Petroleum Technology Forum
Tuesday, Nov. 10th, 11:30 am

New Technology & Environmental Forum
No meeting this month

Desk & Derrick
"Financial & Retirement Planning"
Wednesday, Nov. 18th, 6:00 pm
Res: Pam Mikkelsen (310) 518-4000

"Emergency Response Seminar"
Saturday, Nov. 14, 9:00am Breakfast
$12.00, Res: (562) 590-5267

PTTC West Coast Workshop
Pipeline Integrity, Technology & Remedial Actions
Nov. 19th-20th Ventura, CA

 

NEW TECHNOLOGY and ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM

Vivian Bust ENV America, Inc. (714) 653-6329

Michael Hagood ARCO Env. Remed. LLC (213)486-3685

Scott Hara Tidelands Oil Prod. Co. (562) 436-9918

Ed Mayer Consultant (626) 796-4437

Allan Spivak Duke Eng. & Services (310) 979-4777

DATE: NO MEETING THIS MONTH

 

P T T C WEST COAST WORKSHOP:

DATE: Thursday, November 19-20, 1998

TIME: Nov. 19th

6:00 pm - Registration

6:30 pm - California Pipeline Regulations

Nov. 20th

8:30 am - Morning Session

12:00 pm - Luncheon

1:00 pm - Afternoon Session

COST: $99.00 (Fee covers dinner on Nov. 19th, breakfast and lunch on Nov. 20th, plus workshop materials.)

RESERVATIONS: Deadline November 16th

PLACE: Doubletree Hotel, Ventura, CA

TOPIC: "Pipeline Integrity, Technology & Remedial Actions"

This workshop is designed for engineers, consultants, pipeline owners and operators and staff in regulatory agencies dealing with effective and periodic inspection and assessment of pipelines. Besides an effective review of the important concepts, the workshop will cover inspection methods ranging from ROV Visual inspection to sophisticated in-line methods such as intelligent pigs and GPS.

Technical Program Instructor: Dr. Sam Darbaghi, Managing Director Pipeline Integrity Management Services LTD.

 

PETROLEUM TECHNOLOGY FORUM

OFFICERS 1998-1999

Ed Santiago Chairman DOGGR (714) 816-6847

John Thompson Program Gas Co. (562) 578-2641

John Jepson Treasurer DOGGR (714) 816-6847

Kirby Lindsey Secretary THUMS (562) 624-3347

LUNCHEON FORUM:

DATE: Tuesday, November 10, 1998

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: $13.00 General, $5.00 Student

RESERVATIONS: Not Required

SPEAKER: Bruce Hesson, Associate Oil and Gas Engineer, Division of Oil, Gas, & Geothermal Resources

TOPIC: Division of Oil, Gas, & Geothermal Resources Pipeline Management Program

ABSTRACT:

Following a pipeline oil spill in Ventura County in December 1993, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed AB 3261 (O'Connell) in 1994. In part, AB 3261 clarified the Division's jurisdiction to include pipelines associated directly with oil and gas production operations. In response, the Division promulgated regulations covering pipelines in 1995. These regulations require the operator to adhere to appropriate industry standards when testing, operating, and maintaining pipelines and allows the Division to order inspection, testing, and repair on individual pipelines.

The regulations were developed with input from a variety of "stakeholders", including oil operators and county agencies. The regulations gained final approval from the Office of Administrative Law on July 22, 1998, and became law thirty days later. The presentation will highlight the development process and specifically outline the program's requirements.

 

 

OIL PATCH HIGHLIGHTS

AS RIVALS FOR U.S. MARKET SHARE CUT EXPORTS, LOW PRICES FORCE CANADIANS TO SHUT IN WELLS - August 20, 1998

As imports of Canadian crude oil to the United States keep on rising, doubling since 1990, the North American oil producer seems to be at a crossroads.

The poor oil economics that are pressuring its main rivals for the hearts and minds of U.S. refiners to rein in output serve as a double-edged sword - while Canada could see the market shares of Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Mexico dip slightly as they try to comply with their production pledges, low prices have forced western Canadian producers to shut in as much as 100,000 b/d of heavy oil output, industry sources estimate.

The recent growth in Canada's U.S. market share has been fueled by increases in heavy oil production. But according to one consultant, that's now a thing of the past - this year's gains in market share will be powered by the Hibernia project offshore eastern Canada, masking the heavy oil decline.

 

Newsletter Editor: Jackie Ehrman

You must notify SPE Headquarters in Richardson, TX directly with change of address: P. O. Box 933836, Richardson, TX 75083,
Tel (562) 495-9380 Fax (562) 435-2231
Tel (800) 456-6863 Fax (214) 952-9435


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