Petroleum Technology Luncheon - December 10th

The next Petroleum Technology Luncheon is on Tuesday December 10th.

4101 E. Willow St
Long Beach, CA 90815
Registration: 11:30 AM
Lunch: 11:45 AM
Presentation: 12:00-1:00 PM
$30.00 members (+$1 credit card fee)
$30.00 for non members (+$1 credit card fee)
$10 for students

What Do They Want From Us?

Don Clark
Consulting Geologist


Over the last 5 years Don Clarke, Eric Witten and Holly Jones have worked with numerous small operators who are trying to get permits from the various regulators. All are frustrated with the system currently in place. They have found that compliance is very expensive and time consuming. This gives a big hit to the bottom line. The regulators, the operators and the developers all want to protect the environment and conserve natural resources for posterity. The biggest items are preservation and protection of the groundwater. Then we should protect the geologic formations from contamination. The surface needs to be remediated and cared for. Finally the oceans and atmosphere are thin layers that we would like to preserve. The second biggest problem is communication between the players. Third is the political environment which appears at times to be driven by unknown powerful forces.

We will give some suggestions on how to help resolve these problems and guide us to a sustainable energy future. We will need to work together and apply good science and economics followed by reasonable regulations to move forward.


Don Clarke is a consulting Petroleum geologist who lives and works in southern California. He retired from his civil service work with the City of Long Beach (Unit Operator for the Giant Wilmington oil field) and the California State Lands Commission in 2004. His clients include Occidental Petroleum, California Resources Corporation, the Cities of Beverly Hills, Newport Beach and Hermosa Beach, Mid Con Energy, Emerald Energy, Geomechanics Technologies, Glamour Magazine and others. Don served on two 0committees for the National Research Council and was on the Board of Directors for the National PTTC and the Dibblee Foundation. Don has been active in the AAPG and has served the association in many ways and received many awards. Don has had a lifelong interest in astronomy and paleontology

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