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Los Angeles Basin Section SPE - October 1999 Newsletter

Letter from the Chair... Vivian K. Bust
The dawn of the 21st century has brought forth the rise of the Independent producer in the Los Angeles Basin. The SPE Los Angeles Basin Section has recognized several new opportunities to serve our members and their companies. In addition to our primary mission of disseminating industry information and promoting technology transfer, we are proactively working to place the petroleum industry in a positive light through our involvement in community service and industry awareness activities. These public relations activities are particularly important in our urban and coastal setting because they demonstrate our industry's desire to be good neighbors in our communities.

Our SPE Section has developed a program of successful community outreach activities over the past five years through the diligent efforts of our volunteers and the use of seed monies earned through our golf tournament. Our desire is to work more closely with our member's companies to continue these successful efforts, in effect, to pass the torch for their support on to the stakeholders to free-up volunteer time and seed monies to support new activities.

A promotional brochure featuring the results of our outreach program is being created for distribution to community leaders, teachers and SPE members. These activities include: the SPE Charity Golf Classic, the Long Beach ALIVE program to help abused children, the Annual Membership BBQ held at Weatherford, the Kindergarten Easter Egg Hunt held for students of Long Beach International Elementary School, the Essay and Art Poster Competition held at Lowell, Signal Hill, Burroughs and Long Beach International Elementary Schools where 4th and 5th graders write stories and create art work depicting the benefits of petroleum in their daily lives, our high school and college scholarship programs, support of the SPE student chapters at CSULB and USC, the COMET student internship program, the Orange County and Los Angeles County Science Fair awards, the Institute for the Advancement of Engineering Fellows program, and involvement with other engineering organizations including the Orange County Engineering Council and the Los Angeles Council of Engineers and Scientists. Many of you have given of your time and expertise to make these activities a success and we appreciate all your efforts.

As you are a Los Angeles Basin stakeholder, we will keep you apprized of the immediate payback and benefits of these activities to each and everyone of you. And, as the Section's annual plan unfolds over the next few months Board members will be visiting each of you for one-to-one discussions to outline the benefits of these activities and to gain your renewed support. We welcome and encourage your email comments and suggestions:


Petroleum Technology Forum

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

Luncheon Forum
: From Wellhead to Customer - How Gas Supply and Demand are Handled

Speaker: David G. Taylor, P.E.
Gas Operations Manager, So. Cal Gas

Date: Tuesday, October 12, 1999
Time: 11:30 am - Social
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: The challenge is to get gas from the suppliers to customers through an intricate system of pipelines in Southern California. This includes the facilities, system capacities, supply sources, storage fields and load centers. Many parameters affect the handling of gas flow - unexpected weather patterns in the western U.S., system failures, pipeline maintenance interruptions, electrical generation, local supplier shut downs are just a few. These operational concerns must be integrated with marketing and the various processes in which gas is bought and sold. David will cover how efforts in daily forecasting, customer nominations, scheduling of supplies and load balancing are incorporated into running the system.

Biography: David Taylor has spent 13 years with SoCalGas in various field and staff functions which include plant engineering, project development, machinery health diagnostics, system capacity planning, and field engineering management. The previous 6 years were spent with PG&E working in gas system design, structural dynamics and vibration analysis. He also worked 5 years with TransCanada Pipelines. David has received a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a BS in Applied Science from the University of Waterloo in Canada.

West Coast PTTC & CIPA

Program: Reducing Electric Power Cost Workshop

Date: Thursday, October 28, 1999
Time: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Price: $35.00
Place: Long Beach Petroleum Club
3636 Linden Avenue
Reservations: Call: (213) 740-8076

Objective of Workshop: A group of Electric Industry experts will be presenting effective ways to understand and reduce the electric power costs. This workshop is specifically designed for California Independent Oil and Gas Operators. Topics to be discussed are: bill review, understanding rates, getting the correct rates, how to read your meter, and business procedures to cut costs.

Wanted: Suggestions for Continuing Education

The fall has really rolled around fast this year. Now is the time for every LASPE member to take stock of his or her skill set and provide input to your Continuing Education Chair as to what short courses or forums should be sponsored by our section. We also have opportunities to provide short courses in connection with the Western Region Meeting (WRM) to be held jointly with the Pacific Section-AAPG in June, 2000.

E-mail your suggestions to Bruce W. Davis, LASPE Education Chair at email address or or fax suggestions to (714) 525-2067. Please identify preferred subject matter, presenter(s), if known, desired length of course or forum (typically _ to 3 days), preferred location in the LA Basin (or possibly Ventura, Newhall, or Frazier Park), and type of format (e.g., informal seminars, class room lectures, discussion panels, topical overviews, vendor presentations, etc.).

As we enter the era of the independent producer in California, it is incumbent upon each one of us to broaden our skill set and realize that we live in a climate where, by necessity, there are fewer specialists and a need for better educated generalists.



Board of Directors - Breakfast
Marriot Hotel, Long Beach Airport
Wednesday Oct. 6th, 7:00 - 8:15 am

Petroleum Technology Forum
Long Beach Petroleum Club
Tuesday, October 12th, 11:30 am

PTTC West Coast Resource Center
Long Beach Petroleum Club
Thursday, October 28th
8:30 am to 3:30 pm


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. This will be the first regional joint meeting between the AAPG and SPE. Other participating professional societies include the PSSEPM, SEG, SPWLA, AEG, DPA, DEG, EMD and AIPG.

The technical focus of the meeting will be on exploration trends and the use of advance technologies to continue development of the mature operations in California and Alaska.

Please submit your Abstract by completing the abstract form on the SPE Homepage at callform.html. The abstract deadline is November 24, 1999. Authors will be notified in early January 2000.

More information on this event can be obtained through the Internet on the SPE Los Angeles 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 Brian Casey at 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


LA Basin Section Bylaws - Revisions

On September 1, 1999, the Board of Directors adopted revisions and amendments to the LA Basin Section Bylaws which were submitted at the June and September Board meetings. The Bylaw Committee composed of Vivian Bust, Ed Mayer and Jalal Torabzadeh was formed last year to revise the bylaws in order to improve Section operations, to update or delete specific terms and to align gender terms with current SPE Richardson terminology. The proposed bylaw revisions include a reduction of the Section Directors from nine to six people, a requirement for the Board of Directors to approve an annual operating budget and a method to allow the Board of Directors to utilize appropriate state-of-the-art communications and information transfer equipment to expedite Board and Membership approvals in doing business and voting while maintaining the intent and integrity of previous Section Bylaws. In the past, approval of the SPE Executive Committee was required, however, this is no longer the case. To be implemented, these bylaw revisions must be approved by the Section's membership.

A summary of the bylaw revisions are as follows:

1) Internet email and webpage, fax and telephone were identified as additional means for the Section to expedite doing business and for expanding the formats by which nominations and elections could be conducted. The election ballots will also be accepted through Internet email and fax where a hard-copy of those votes will be made part of the pertinent Section Minutes. It is important to note that at any time, the level of security for voting or for otherwise doing business may be changed with a simple majority vote of the Board.

2) The number of Directors was reduced from nine (9) to six (6) people which better fits the functional needs of the Section.

3) An board-approved annual operating budget requirement was added to the Section Bylaws. The Board will be accountable for operating the Section following a board-approved operating budget, rather operating without a budget, as it did in the past.

A copy of the adopted Section Bylaws may be obtained from the Section's Internet webpage at A voting ballot is also on this Internet webpage.

A ballot for voting on the 1999 Section Bylaws Revisions is provided below and on the Section's webpage. For your vote to be counted, it must be post-marked or dated by November 1, 1999. Please return ballots to Sam Sarem at US mail address: IPRC, 22605 E. La Palma Ave., Suite 520, Yorba Linda, CA 92887.

SPE LA Basin - Ballot for 1999 Section Bylaw Revisions

I approve of the 1999 Section Bylaw Revisions ________

I disapprove of the 1999 Section Bylaw Revisions ______

Print Name: ___________________________________


SPE Membership Number: ________________________


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