What an interesting time to be working in this industry! As I think back on the past month, I read several announcements about large purchases – mostly for assets in the Permian Basin, continued projections (guesses??) about the future price of oil, weather effects on natural gas prices, a few announcements re: layoffs, and that the domestic rig count is on the rise – up about 90 rigs from this time last year, per the Baker Hughes rig count.

I hope you have renewed your SPE membership for 2017 and are seizing the chance to learn more about the industry by attending the section luncheons. On January 11th, Dan Gibson spoke to us about ways of evaluating completion options and communicating better within multi-disciplined teams on those options.

Ian Walton, also an SPE Distinguished Lecturer, will be in Tulsa next week to help us better understand the role of natural fractures in shale gas production.

Please take the time to evaluate the Distinguished Lecturers – as I’ve mentioned before, it does not take long (about 5 minutes), and the investment of your time is helpful for everyone. So, please find your SPE member number and head to the following site: www.spe.org/dl/contest.php and complete the evaluation of Dan Gibson’s presentation. This will be an encouragement to Dan and lets the SPE group know what you find valuable. Remember, this program is sort of like a rodeo – all the speakers receive is your applause….a/k/a feedback. Further, it gives our Section a chance to be acknowledged on the SPE website. If you have a few extra minutes, it’s a great time to peruse the website – you can read the speaker bio’s and download previous presentation slide decks for free.

I hope to see you next week at the luncheon I mentioned above.


Molly Boyd
2016-2017 Chairman