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May 9 Petroleum Technology Forum

The May Monthly Petroleum Technology Forum meets Tuesday May 9, 2006 at the Long Beach Petroleum Club. Marina Voskanian of the California State Lands Commission will present “Challenges and opportunities for Operating in Environmentally Sensitive Basins – Learning from the California Experience.” Marina is a SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2006 – 2007 program year beginning this coming September and she will be giving us a preview of her program ahead of schedule.  A complete abstract and bio is provided below.

Petroleum Club in Long Beach
11:30AM Registration - 12:00 Noon Buffet Lunch - 12:20 to 1:00PM Presentation
$20.00 General Admission - Students
are Guests of LA SPE
Long Beach Petroleum Club, 3636 Linden Avenue, Long Beach CA 90807

“Challenges and Opportunities for Operating in Environmentally Sensitive Basins –
Learning from the California Experience.”

Marina Voskanian - Chief of Planning and Development,
California State Lands Commission

M. Voskanian
Marina Voskanian
Chief of Planning and Development,
California State Lands Commission



Exploration and production activities in sensitive areas must meet the challenges of careful planning and high environmental performance under the close watch of interested parties including government agencies, fishermen, and environmental groups. California has been a battleground for establishing a balance between oil and gas operations and protection of the environment.  The 1969 blowout and oil spill from Unocal offshore platform A in the Santa Barbara Channel received international attention and was a major catalyst in the development of modern environmental law in the United States.  These laws, along with the cost of compliance, have resulted in the exodus of major operators from California. It also had a drastic effect on the level of investment and the management of offshore resources.


Faced with the prospect of total loss of its offshore resources to sanctuary, as well as the loss of oil and gas royalty revenues, the State of California addressed new paradigms, working with the smaller operators.  Smaller operators, who serve as stewards of these resources, have profited greatly from the benefits of advanced technologies in managing oilfields in sensitive environments.  Using new technology from existing infrastructure, combined with cooperative efforts between government agencies and the operators, it has demonstrated that successful development can be achieved with no, or mitigateable environmental impacts.


This presentation will demonstrate different type of oil and gas developments in California using extended reach drilling with minimum to no environmental impact, and will review the issues and some of the solutions with potential application to other parts of the world.



Marina Voskanian is the Chief of Planning and Development with the California State Lands Commission (CSLC). She directs the lease management and administration for extracting oil, gas, and geothermal and other minerals from state-owned or controlled lands. Marina has been employed with the CSLC since 1987, and prior to that she held several engineering and supervisory positions with Exxon Oil Company, Southern California Gas Company, Aminoil and Phillips Petroleum Company.  She received Certificate of Excellence and Super Accomplishment Award in 2002 from the State of California in honor of her outstanding accomplishments for the State.  In 1997 she was the recipient of Recognition Award from Assemblyman Steven Kuykendall, 54th District of California. 


Recipient of several awards from professional organizations, Voskanian was awarded the1991 SPE Regional Service Award, SPE Distinguish Service Award and Distinguished Member Award in 2000, the Honorary Member of USC’s Pi Epsilon Tau.  In 1997 and 1998 she received West Coast Petroleum Technology Transfer Council Tech Transfer Award, and in 1998 she was awarded Member Grade of Fellow of the Institute for the Advancement of Engineering.  Registered Petroleum Engineer, Marina received her graduate degrees in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC). She has served as a part-time lecturer at the California Polytechnic University and USC teaching Petroleum engineering courses.

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

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