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December LASPE Petroleum Technology Forum

The January Monthly Petroleum Technology Forum meets Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at the Long Beach Petroleum Club. Mark Shemaria of Tidelands Oil Production Company will be joined by Ivan Tether to present a discussion titled “Air issues for E&P Operators in the South Coast Basin.”   An abstract and bios are provided below.

Petroleum Club in Long Beach
11:30AM Registration - 12:00 Noon Buffet Lunch - 12:20PM Presentation
$20.00 General Admission - Students
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Long Beach Petroleum Club, 3636 Linden Avenue, Long Beach CA 90807

Air Issues for E&P Operators in the South Coast Basin

Mark Shemaria of Tidelands Oil Production
Ivan Tether,
Tether Law

Mark Shemaria,Tidelands

Ivan Tether, Tether Law


Oil producers in the Los Angeles Basin are faced with many environmental issues impacting their operations.  In these times of favorable pricing, improved producing operations often involve surface facilities revisions often resulting in air quality environmental issues. 


Mark Shemaria is the Manager of Environmental, Health, Safety and Community Affairs at Tidelands Oil Production Company,  the primary onshore contract operator of the Wilmington Oil Field for the City of Long Beach.  He is also President of Tidelands’ subsidiary Lomita Gasoline Company, Inc.  Mark’s professional career spans 24 years in oil and gas production at Thums Long Beach Company and Tidelands Oil Production Company.  Mark received a B.SC. in Engineering and Industrial Technology 1981 and a M.B.A. in 1990, from California State University, Long Beach.  In 1988 he received a Certificate, in Hazardous Material Management from the University of California, Irvine.  Mark is actively involved in SPE and has Chaired many forums on Pollution Prevention and Environmental Technology.  Mark was awarded SPE’s Environmental, Health and Safety Award in 2002.  He is a Registered California Environmental Assessor and a Licensed California State Contractor in General Engineering with Hazardous Substance Certification.

Ivan Thether is LA Environmental chair, a past director of the California Independent Petroleum Association, and a former trust and environmental section chair of the LA County Bar Association.  He graduated from Union College and Georgetown University Law Center, and is admitted to practice in California state courts, before the Central, Eastern and Northern Districts of the Federal District Courts in California and in the District of Columbia.  In mid-2004, Ivan opened his own law practice, Tether Law, continuing his 30 year legal career advising and advocating for clients on environmental issues, most notably before air quality management districts.  He has represented clients before air quality hearing boards for over 125 variance petitions, in the South Coast, San Joaquin Valley, Ventura and Santa Barbara. 

LASPE Forum Committee:
Rick Finken 562-570-3961,
Brandy Fellers, 562-624-3237

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