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Los Angeles Basin Section SPE - November 1999 Newsletter

Letter from the Chair... Vivian K. Bust

We are gaining more commitments from top-level managers to support and participate in the Independent Oil Management Panel at our Christmas Membership Roundup luncheon to be held on Tuesday December 7th at the Long Beach Petroleum Club. The Section's proactive outreach programs, industry awareness and community service activities will be emphasized at the luncheon. We are expecting a big turn out of membership at the luncheon and we hope to see you'all there.

Speaking of big, the 1999 SPE Annual Meeting in Houston was attended by 12,500 people, an all time high. This was an exhibitor's dream, compared to the nightmare of last year's convention being canceled due Hurricane George in New Orleans. Glenn Swanson of LA-based Duke Engineering reported that steady traffic and upbeat conversations were the themes during all three days on the exhibit floor. Sam Sarem, President of IPRC, attended the ATCE representing the LA Basin Board.

Preparations for structuring the first-ever joint Pacific Section AAPG and SPE Western Regional Meeting (WRM) are proceeding on schedule. We are looking forward to the many collaborative opportunities engendered by the convention. Presentations of the 2000 WRM plans were well received by the senior managers at Chevron and Texaco in their Bakersfield offices. Presentations will soon be made at other operators' offices.

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The Call for Papers for the 2000 WRM has been mailed to members and we encourage you to participate. We also need volunteers. Your participation in improving our profession and industry will yield a many fold return on your time investment. To join us, contact Glenn at 310) 979-4777 or

On October 20th, SPE Section members attended the Desk & Derrick Club of Long Beach annual Industry Appreciation Luncheon. Their keynote speaker was Philip D. Vasquez, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Energy, Office of Natural Gas and Petroleum Technology. He stressed the importance of public awareness of the Environmental Benefits of Advanced Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Technology, and distributed related brochures and posters. Art Hartstein, also DOE, made the point that ultra clean fuel is becoming very important.


Board of Directors - Breakfast
Marriot Hotel, Long Beach Airport
Wednesday Nov. 3rd, 7:00 - 8:30 am
Outreach presentation by Ed Santiago

Petroleum Technology Forum
Long Beach Petroleum Club
Tuesday, November 9th, 11:30 am

Apollo 17 Astronaut
Millikan High School, Long Beach
Wednesday, November 10th, 6:30pm

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Petroleum Technology Forum

Forum Officers
John Thompson Chairman The Gas Co. (310) 578-2689
John Jepson Program CA DOGGR (714) 816-6847
Kirby Lindsey Treasurer THUMS (562) 624-3347
Tom Hoy Secretary LB DOP (562) 570-3943

Luncheon Forum
: Energy in the 21st Century: Why Natural Gas & Heavy Oil?

Speaker: George J. Stosur, U.S. Dept. of Energy
SPE Distinguished Lecturer

Date: Tuesday, November 9, 1999

Time: 11:30 am - Networking
12:00 pm - Lunch
12:30 pm - Presentation
Price: $15.00 General Admission
$ 5.00 Student
Place: Long Beach Petroleum Club
3636 Linden Avenue
Reservations: Not Required

Abstract: How often have we heard that the world is running out of oil? Yet, we all realize that oil is a nonrenewable resource, and that eventually world oil production will start to decline, as it did thirty years ago in the United States. World economies run on oil, particularly the transportation sector - which assures the ever-increasing demand for fuel beyond the foreseeable future.

Long-term projections, the recent oil price crash aside, show the world's light oil production peaking in the next two decades - fifty years after the peak U.S. oil production. Nevertheless, the world possesses more unconventional than conventional resources - heavy oil, tar sands, ultra-tight gas formations, coalbed methane, and natural gas hydrates -- which will see an explosion of activity in the 21st century.

The world's huge resources of heavy oil and tar sands are found largely in the Americas. Immeasurable quantities of natural gas are locked in very tight formations, coalbeds, and particularly in the currently inaccessible natural gas hydrates. Many of today's uneconomic processes will become the staple of tomorrow's world economy.

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Promising technologies will be presented such as the direct conversion of (stranded) natural gas to transportation fuels for easy shipment from remote locations to markets. An exciting long-range possibility is the production of gas from naturally occurring methane hydrates - an enormous resource that far exceeds that of conventional natural gas. Extra heavy oil (Orimulsion), already competes with coal for power generation.

The only counterpoint to this seemingly optimistic scenario is the ever-increasing public concern about the environment, and the perceived issue of global climate change from carbon dioxide emissions.

Biography: George Stosur manages the upstream oil and gas R&D program at the U.S. DOE in Washington, D.C. He is responsible for DOE-sponsored research conducted at several universities, national laboratories and the National Petroleum Technology Office. His private sector experience with Gulf Oil Research and with Shell Oil Company focused on petrophysics, EOR processes, heavy oil production problems, and ultra-low permeability gas formations. George was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer for 1989-90, and SPE section director. He authored 75 papers and two textbook chapters of oil recovery. He holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in petroleum engineering.


SPE Los Angeles Basin Section
Presents Our
Christmas Membership Roundup Luncheon

Join us on Tuesday, December 7, 1999 at the Petroleum Club of Long Beach at 11:30 am for a great time. Listen to the Leaders of our Industry tell us of their capital spending plans for 2000 and give their vision of the future of oil and gas operations in the Los Angeles Basin and California.

Participate in the Company team competition or test your individual skills. What is this you ask? Come and see. The SPE LA Basin Section's Outreach Programs for Schools, Community Service Activities and Scholarships will be emphasized at this luncheon.

The cost is $20 and you can reserve your seat by contacting Scott Hara at 562-495-9351 or or John Jepson at 714-816-6847 or
Get in on the action!

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1999 SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition - a Big Success!
An all time high attendance of 12,050 managers, engineers and scientists listened to 350 papers in 54 sessions and visited the cutting edge oil and gas technological exhibits. More than 800 Houston area high school students were given an opportunity to view the exhibits and submit scholarship applications to local universities with petroleum engineering programs. Sam Sarem, representing the LA Basin Board, attended the SPE Board meeting and chaired the Ph.D. Category of the Student Paper Contest for the Career Guidance committee. One SPE Board activity reported by Dr. Bob Peterson described a highly scientific member need survey. This survey will influence the new structure of SPE governance, a trend toward a more functional rather than geographic Governance. At the Membership Luncheon, the gravel was passed from Gustavo Inciarte to John A. Colligan, the 2000 SPE President.

Mr. Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, Apollo 17 Astronaut, U.S. Senator and Geologist will present "His Trip to the Moon and Views on the Future of Space Exploration" at Millikan High School on November 10, 1999. Dr. Schmitt is one of the twelve people who have walked on the Moon and he helped coordinate the scientific aspects of the Apollo program! He also served as a United States Senator from New Mexico. Jack Schmitt is the kind of role model who will encourage our children to stay in school and take an interest in the sciences and our country's politics. The talks will be targeted to middle and high school students.

Dr. Schmitt will give three presentations at 9:30 am, 12:00 noon, and 6:30 pm and we expect over 4,000 students, teachers and parents to attend. The first two presentations are for interested students and teachers and RESERVATIONS TO ATTEND MAY BE MADE by calling Don Clarke at (562) 570-3915 or emailing him at Priority will be given on a first-call, first-served basis. The evening presentation will be open to the general public and no reservations are needed. Millikan High School is located at 2800 Snowdon Avenue in Long Beach near CSU Long Beach. All of the presentations are free.



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The Los Angeles Basin Geological Society and the Society of Petroleum Engineers are the organizers of this event. Dr. Jack Schmitt will be the Keynote Speaker at the 2000 WRM in June 2000. We encourage our member's companies to help sponsor this event. A dinner for sponsors is planned. Let's support him and give your children a rare opportunity to hear and meet a person with the "Right Stuff".


Call for Papers for 2000 WRM

The Pacific Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (PSAAPG) and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) are "Working in Concert" and invite you to submit an abstract for presentations to be given at the Western Regional Meeting (WRM) to be held June 19-22, 2000 at the Westin Hotel in Long Beach, California.

The abstract deadline is December 10, 1999. Submit your Abstract by completing the abstract form on the SPE Homepage at callform.html. Authors will be notified in mid- January 2000.

More information on this event can be obtained through the Internet on the SPE LA Basin Section Homepage at and the PSAAPG Homepage at If another professional society or a sub-group of a society wishes to join our event, please contact Don Clarke at (562) 570-3915 or at doclark@ci.long- Program Committee Co-chairs are: Scott Hara at and Don Miller, (661) 665-5464 or We intend to give you a rewarding experience. Please join us!

Need Help Writing An Abstract?

If you're the type who accomplishes technological feats but has a hard time writing about it, he will gladly help you write an abstract. With a few tips, you can have an abstract ready in no time. Contact Lyman Handy, LASPE Publications Mentor at (714) 525-6939 or

Exhibit at 2000 WRM
The first round of Opportunity to Exhibit letters have generated a strong positive response. We anticipate exhibit space to sell out by the end of this year. Reserve space by contacting Linda Smith at (310) 395-0185.

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