Chairperson's Monthly Newsletter October, 2021

Section Members,

WTI crude and natural gas hit a record $80/bbl and $6/MMBtu for the first time since 2014! I started my career when crude prices were well over $100/bbl but I was recently reminded that for many professionals, this is the highest they’ve seen since joining the industry. With that, I’ll share a piece of advice from a bumper sticker that used to be on the back of my first hand-me-down company vehicle (a Crown Vic) - “Please God, just give me one more oil boom… I promise not to waste it next time!” We have a few announcements and changes in the works so I’ll jump right in.

Most of you should have received at least one email from SPE by now related to renewing your membership. We are planning many more in-person meetings and sports/social events next year so I highly encourage you to renew early and take advantage of the discounted pricing. Please follow this link to renew!

I’m excited to share with you (finally) that we are resuming in-person monthly meetings at Brookhaven College (now referred to as Dallas College Brookhaven Campus)! Our next in-person meeting is scheduled for October 20th and will feature SPE Dallas Section’s past Chairperson Rob Bruant who will present “ESG Reporting in the Oil and Gas Sector - A Permian Basin Water Management Perspective.” This is a hot topic and expected to have high turnout so be sure to register here before seats fill up (and yes, there will be BBQ)! Our annual Ethics Seminar will be held virtually on December 1st as a joint event with SPEE. Please mark your calendars and register here so you don’t miss this opportunity to claim your annual ethics training credit for your PE license. The Distinguished Lecturer series for the 2021-2022 season is gearing up and our section’s first DL on December 8th will feature Philip Grossweiler focusing on the “Impact of Climate Issues on Energy Industry Through 2050.” This series will remain virtual so please follow the DL registration link to receive the Zoom meeting invite.

Speaking of Zoom meetings, we have been fortunate as a section to have enough funds in place to provide free virtual meetings to our membership for the past year and a half. With the recent increase in no-shows for these meetings, we are planning to move forward with a small registration fee to attend virtual meetings with the exception of the Ethics Seminar and DL’s (which are hosted by SPE International). This section has supported free content and virtual networking in some of the loneliest and isolating days during the pandemic, and I urge all of you to pay it forward and continue to stay engaged and connected by attending all of our future virtual and in-person meetings.

Aside from participating in monthly meetings and networking events, there are other ways to pay it forward. SPE Dallas is hosting a group volunteering event at the Dallas Arboretum on Saturday December 4th! I will be there bright and early, revved up on coffee and holiday spirit, and I hope you will be there too! Spots are limited so please click on this link for additional details and make sure to register early.

Our volunteers are working diligently to bring you a plethora of content from in-person networking events, to continuing education programs, and much more so please be sure to check the SPE Dallas homepage regularly and follow our LinkedIn page to stay up to date on the latest developments.

As always, please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or feedback and stay safe!

Pragnya Maruwada
(469) 682-6554

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