It's unfortunate that it seems the only time the oil and gas industry hits the media is usually in a negative light. The recent offshore catastrophe is no exception. It has affected many lives and has affected the environment and truly is news worthy. It reminds us all of the importance of safety and sound engineering decisions as we explore for oil and gas. However, as an industry, I can say I'm proud of the way the operator of this well has responded to the environmental issue: they did not try to blame someone else, they did not call for a government bailout, they stood up and said we're responsible, we'll pay to clean this up, and we'll keep cleaning until it's completely done!

This is a far cry from companies of other industries that have tried to cover up mistakes in product design or deceived share holders, and then say we're not to blame or the government should bail us out because we might go out of business or ruin our profit. But the company of the offshore catastrophe has told the world that this is their mess and they're going to pay to clean it up regardless what that means to them as a company or to their profit margin.

The SPE Mission Statement reads "The mission of SPE is to collect, disseminate, and exchange technical knowledge concerning the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas resources and related technologies for the public benefit; and to provide opportunities for professionals to enhance their technical and professional competence." Did you notice that small phrase in the middle "FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT"? Not for personal gain, not for the good of the oil and gas industry, not to make a profit, but for the public benefit.

SPE is an organization that exists to aid us (engineers) in becoming better engineers by enhancing our technical and professional competence through the exchange of technical knowledge for the public benefit. Therefore, as fellow engineers, I encourage you to become more involved in SPE. One way you can become more involved is by attending the luncheons we have twice a month September through May. This year's Program Chairman, Jonathan Bush has already lined up several excellent speakers including three Distinguished Lecturers. Our first luncheon this fall is September 15th with Lance Portman, a Distinguished Lecturer with BJ Services. You won't want to miss this luncheon.

Also, another way you can be become more involved is helping with various committees within our Section or by being a Committee Chair. Currently our Section is in need of a Student Development Chair. Please e-mail or call me if you are interested in knowing more about this Committee.

To learn more about all the activities of our Section be sure and visit our website at spemc.org.

Earl Logan
2010 – 2011 Chairman
560-7142 Phone
elogan@cimarex.com