Message From The Chair

Virtual Distinguished Lecturer Talk, SPE California Sustainability Study Group Webiner, Regional Directors’ Corner

Dear Colleagues,

On May 12th 2020, we had our first ever virtual meeting utilizing the Zoom platform. Susan Howes, Distinguished Lecturer presented from Houston and her talk was titled “Toolkit for Making Better Decisions When Faced With Ethical Dilemmas”.

Our June 9th 2020 luncheon speaker will be David D. Smith, Distinguished Lecturer and his talk will be titled “Driving Conformance Success Through Better Problem Understanding and a Process Approach”. The meeting will be via MS Teams with the link, conference ID and call in number also provided (see page 3 of newsletter).

In addition, SPE International organization has made available access to various topics presented by the Distinguished Lecturers online and I would encourage the membership to review this excellent resource during these times.

A reminder that we have now moved out the LA SPE annual Charity Golf Tournament to September 25th 2020 and the details will follow shortly as we move into the summer.

A reminder that the annual applications for the LA SPE Scholarships is out for the students. We encourage all eligible university applicants to apply for these important awards. I am pleased to announce that the BOD of LA SPE unanimously agreed to fund these worthy scholarships at a similar amount as previous years despite the current environment.

We have an update from the Regional Director (Steve Cheung) and I would ask that you all to read his column to get a feel for what is occurring in our region.

The SPE California Sustainability Study Group invites the membership to an online webinar on Thursday June 25th at 12:00, The Speaker is Dr. Peter Kelemen from Columbia University and his talk is titled “Geological Processes for CO2 Removal from Air and Permanent Storage at the Scale of Gigatons per Year”. The information is provided in this newsletter.

On an administrative point, I want to thank Robert Schaaf (Past Chair) for completing the Annual LA SPE Report to SPEI (prior to the June 1st deadline) despite overcoming some computer related nuances during the process.

With that said, I hope you remain safe and healthy and during this time that you continue to minimize contact with others and practice social distancing and respect the space of others as strongly recommended by our governmental agencies.

We look forward to seeing many of you at our next virtual gathering on June 9th.

Baldev S Gill
SPE LA Basin Section Chair 2020