On behalf of the SPE Dallas section, our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Many within our local professional community have family, friends, and colleagues impacted by the storm. To help those in need, please know that the SPE-Gulf Coast Section is currently accepting cash donations for disaster relief and providing matching funds up to $10,000. Please visit https://www.spegcs.org/donations/ if you would like to contribute. Also, all net proceeds from the upcoming Dallas Section General Meeting will be provided to the Gulf Coast Section for distribution.
To get everyone caught up, we had a busy summer in Dallas. The Dallas section installed its 2017-2018 Board in June. The Program Committee hosted three General Meeting presentations at Brookhaven College, including “The Boom of 2017”, “The Oil Price Malaise ‘What's that light at the end of the tunnel?’”, and “Water Management & Handling”, and the Education Committee hosted two Study Group presentations, “Dynamometer Cards and Permissible Loads” and “Evaluating Oil & Gas Assets in Today's Market”. Additionally, the Education Committee held this year’s Summer Seminar at Brookhaven College on June 28th. The event, covering Hydraulic Fracturing topics, garnered ten speakers and 145 attendees. As Terry Palisch moves from Education Committee Chair to Director at Large this year, I would like to offer an enormous thank you for his tireless efforts to provide these educational opportunities to our membership. However, I am happy to note that Terry will now be focusing on the Section’s Trailblazers mentoring program, which pairs SPE members with engineering students from Dallas’ student sections. Additional information and application for participation is available here.
In addition to providing educational and outreach opportunities to Section members, the noted events generated vital revenue for our scholarship fund. This year we are pleased to announce awards totaling $43,000 for twenty undergraduate students from The University of Tulsa, The University of Oklahoma, The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and Colorado School of Mines. Congratulations to the awardees and thank you to our membership for continued support of these invaluable awards. I also would like to offer another big thank you to Ana Trevino for coordinating the requests for application, submission review, and awardee selection.
The Young Professional organization also contributed an array of educational and networking offerings this summer, including June’s Happy Hour featuring Trent Green of Matador Resources, July’s Happy Hour featuring John Clark and Stephanie Sullivan from Energy Trust Partners (sponsored by VES Survey), July’s Texas Rangers game outing, and August’s Happy Hour featuring Matt Dahan of Denbury Resources. Additionally, the Young Professionals hosted a Happy Hour on Thursday, September 7th. Attendees were encouraged to bring a donation or monetary gift for Hurricane Harvey relief, which will be distributed to the Red Cross and Trusted World organizations.
Please continue to check the SPE Dallas Section website (http://connect.spe.org/dallas/home) for upcoming events. Also, if you have interest in volunteering for any of our activities or initiatives, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Section Officers or Committee members.
Looking forward to a great Fall!