Message From The Chair

WRM Success and LASPE Members received Awards, Golf Tournament Success, June 11 Petroleum Technology Luncheon speaker is Charlene Wardlow of California DOGGR at The Grand

Dear Friends and Members of SPE,

We are having quite a finish to the 2018-2019 LASPE season. The SPE Western Regional Meeting (WRM) in San Jose was a success. Three LASPE members were honored with awards. Other members made outstanding technical paper presentations. Distinguished Lecturer Roy Ledgerwood gave an outstanding talk on deep well drilling at our May Luncheon at THE GRAND. Many of our student members from USC and Cal State Long Beach graduated. On top of all that, our Annual Charity Golf Tournament sold out again.

Dr. Don Paul of USC, Dr. Jincai Chang also of USC, and I were presented with SPE Regional Awards at the WRM. Additional details about the awards can be found on page 5 of this newsletter. Technical papers were presented by LASPE members including LASPE Board Member Ryan Kwong of California Resources Corp. We appreciate the local sponsors and exhibitors of the WRM. These included California Resources Corp., SPEC Services, C&J Energy Services, PCL Construction, Summit ESP, and GeoMechanics Technologies. Without their backing the WRM could not happen. The LASPE Charity Golf Tournament was held at the Navy Course in Cypress on May 10th. The Navy Course is where Tiger Woods learned to play golf. We are most appreciative of all the sponsors for their support. Though nobody had a hole in one to win the Ford Raptor, everyone had a great time. Thanks to all the golfers for playing. An additional thank you to the students from the Cal State Long Beach and the USC SPE Student Chapters for helping run the event. JR Smoyer of Tiger Wireline again did a fantastic job organizing the tournament.

Our final Luncheon of the 2018-2019 season features Charlene Wardlow. Charlene is the Northern District Deputy and Geothermal Program Manager for the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources. She will be discussing her work assisting in securing the wells at the Puna Geothermal Venture’s project during last year’s volcano eruption on the Big Island of Hawaii. I hope that you can make it there.

Robert Schaaf
SPE LA Basin Section Chair 2016-2019