problems aside (you'll understand if you attended our meeting on September
20th), the Mid-Continent section of SPE is off to a great start. A special
thanks goes out to all those who participate in the luncheon meetings because
SPE exists to serve its members.
grateful to the Golf Tournament Committee, led by Bob Beck, who raised $12,000
or the equivalent of four scholarships at this year's Fall Roundup Golf
Tournament. Bringing in new engineering talent is absolutely necessary for
the future of the petroleum industry, and scholarships help pave the way.
Bob Beck is retiring from the committee this year after many years of hard
work. Thanks Bob for your service. Those companies that contributed specifically
to the scholarship fund include: APACHE CORPORATION, ATLAS RESIN PROPPANTS,
B B CHEMICALS, BRONCO DRILLING, CIMAREX, H-40 DRILLING, NEWFIELD EXPLORATION,
PLASTER & WALD CONSULTING, SAMSON, SCHLUMBERGER, ST. MARY LAND &
EXPLORATION, STRAT LAND EXPLORATION, UNIT CORPORATION, and WEATHERFORD.
this is our section's 90th anniversary, I will note a few highlights dealing
with the history of our section and SPE. For this gavel, I have focused
on the beginning years from 1859 to 1921.
Indian Territory driller, looking for saltwater water, accidentally discovered
oil in 1859. This is the first known oil well drilled in Oklahoma.
American Institute of Mining Engineers, AIME, was founded in 1871.
Nellie Johnstone No. 1, discovered in 1897, started the boom.
officially recognized the need for an oil and gas committee in 1913.
University of Pittsburg conferred the first formal degree in Petroleum
Engineering in 1913.
In 1915, AIME started the Mid-Continent Section of AIME with the
primary focus on Petroleum Engineering
vision and hard work of Lucas, Bell, Arnold and DeGolyer result in the
expansion of the O&G committee to the Petroleum Divisions of AIME
28, 2007 is the 90th anniversary for the Mid-Continent section of
SPE. We are section #1 predating the Gulf Coast Section by 18 years. A short
documentary video is in the works that will outline the history of the section.
If you have any old photos, good stories, etc. that you would like to be
in the video, let me or any of the other officers know.