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STAY Alert, still on-going: Fraudulent Check Warning

NOTE: This fraudulent scheme is still an on-going issue for our organization and our members and your help is appreciated.

Over the last few days it has come to our attention that criminals are using SPE’s corporate name in an attempt to commit fraud on the public. To date, there have been numerous checks presented to banks for collections.  In each case, an individual receives a fraudulent check with SPE’s name as the payer, along with a San Francisco address. The individual is then asked to deposit the check, and forward funds to another person.

SPE is in no way involved in this fraud scheme. SPE has no San Francisco address, and would never request that a payee forward funds to anyone.

SPE has contacted its bank, and notified the proper authorities. If you receive an unexpected check from The Society of Petroleum Engineers, Inc. and are asked to in turn send money to someone else, please contact Cheryl Finnerty at 972-952-9424. DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, SEND MONEY TO ANYONE BASED ON THESE FRAUDULENT DOCUMENTS.

 

SPE makes donation for landslide disaster relief to the Cruz Vermelha Brasileira

CONTACT: Margaret Watson (+1.972.952.9304 or mwatson@spe.org)

RICHARDSON, Texas, U.S.A. (26 January 2011) – The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)  announced today that it is donating US $5,000 to the Brazilian  Red Cross (Cruz Vermelha Brasileira) to assist in relief and recovery efforts in the areas of Brazil affected by recent landslides and floods. Continue reading

Incoming President offers remarks at ATCE

Incoming President’s Remarks

by Alain Labastie, 2011 SPE President
ATCE 2010 – President’s Luncheon and Annual Meeting of Members Florence, Italy

I take this position with pride and emotion, considering how brilliant my predecessors were. Thanks to their vision, SPE is now by far the strongest professional society in the E&P industry, a truly global organization with activities virtually everywhere in the world, and a well respected and prestigious organization.

I would like to thank our membership as a whole for giving me the opportunity to serve the society at this level. I have to say that for me it is not a duty, but a privilege. The task will be collective. I will work together with a superb board of directors and a very dedicated staff, a true dream team. <<<Read more of the Incoming President’s Remarks>>>

View a Video of the Remarks.

State of the Society presented at ATCE

State of Society Message

by Behrooz Fattahi, 2010 SPE President
ATCE 2010 – President’s Luncheon and Annual Meeting of Members Florence, Italy

I am grateful for having the opportunity to serve SPE, to visit with many of you around the globe, and make so many friends. But I am also sad that this grand experience is coming to an end.

 I am speaking to you today on behalf of a great professional organization, one that has achieved prominence in our industry, and has extended its reach to more than 92,000 members in 116 countries around the globe, including a significant increase in the number of young members. We achieved nearly 4 percent growth this year, by making sure that we deliver high quality programs that serve your needs, wherever you are located and at all stages of your career. <<<Read more of the State of Society Message>>>

View a Video of the Message.

Guidelines address new U.S. offshore drilling permit requirements

New Bureau of Ocean Energy Management regulations require offshore operators to provide an estimate of the worst case discharge if a blowout occurs in offshore well plans submitted for permitting to the agency. An SPE committee developed “Guidance for Complying with BOEM NTL No. 2010-N06 on Worst Case Discharge for Offshore Wells” to address this new requirement.

Background

In response to the Macondo blowout, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), formerly the Minerals Management Service, issued a notice (NTL No. 2010-N06 ) concerning information that will be required in well plans submitted to the agency for permits to drill offshore U.S. One of the requirements is a calculation of the worst case discharge (WCD) if a blowout occurs. No direction on how to calculate the WCD was provided by BOEM. Recognizing that there are a number of methods that could be used, the Offshore Operators Committee  asked SPE to form a committee to develop consensus best-practice guidelines for WCD calculation.

The SPE Gulf of Mexico Incident Response Task Force worked with the Offshore Operators Committee  and the Offshore Technology Research Center  (a joint venture of University of Texas and Texas A&M) to bring together experts from industry and academia to share their methods and to develop consensus guidelines.  The committee developed guidelines and sought industry comment.

SPE WCD Guidelines Committee
Chairman: Tim Magner, Chevron
Ashley Africa, Woodside Energy
Connie Bargas, Cobalt International Energy LP
Phillip Bednarz, ExxonMobil
Akhil Datta-Gupta, Texas A&M University
Stuart Hara, Shell
Jonathan Harris, Apache Corporation
Ron Harvey, Century Exploration New Orleans Inc.
Richard Hughes, Louisiana State University
Curt Killinger, Challenger Minerals Inc. (CMI)/Transocean
John Leonard, Stone Energy
Tad Patzek, University of Texas
Dan Smallwood, ConocoPhillips
Ted Skinner, Marathon Oil Company
Donny Torres, Newfield Exploration
James Wells, ATP Oil & Gas Corporation
Martin Wolff, Hess Corporation

SPE develops offshore guidelines on Worst Case Discharge

In response to the Macondo blowout, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), formerly the Minerals Management Service, issued a notice (NTL No. 2010-N06 ) concerning information that will be required in well plans submitted to the agency for permits to drill offshore U.S. One of the requirements is a calculation of the worst case discharge (WCD) if a blowout occurs. No direction on how to calculate the WCD was provided by BOEM. Recognizing that there are a number of methods that could be used, the Offshore Operators Committee  asked SPE to form a committee to develop consensus best-practice guidelines for WCD calculation.

The SPE Gulf of Mexico Incident Response Task Force worked with the Offshore Operators Committee  and the Offshore Technology Research Center  (a joint venture of University of Texas and Texas A&M) to bring together experts from industry and academia to share their methods and to develop consensus guidelines. A list of committee members is below. The committee developed proposed “Guidelines for Calculation of Worst Case Discharge From Offshore Wells ” and is seeking industry comment. 

***Comments should be submitted to WCDCalculation@spemail.org by 3 September.***

The committee will review all comments received and determine whether to make revisions to the guidelines. A final version of the guidelines will then be published by SPE on www.SPE.org.

SPE WCD Guidelines Committee
Chairman: Tim Magner, Chevron
Ashley Africa, Woodside Energy
Connie Bargas, Cobalt International Energy LP
Phillip Bednarz, ExxonMobil
Akhil Datta-Gupta, Texas A&M University
Stuart Hara, Shell
Jonathan Harris, Apache Corporation
Ron Harvey, Century Exploration New Orleans Inc.
Richard Hughes, Louisiana State University
Curt Killinger, Challenger Minerals Inc. (CMI)/Transocean
John Leonard, Stone Energy
Tad Patzek, University of Texas
Dan Smallwood, ConocoPhillips
Ted Skinner, Marathon Oil Company
Donny Torres, Newfield Exploration
James Wells, ATP Oil & Gas Corporation
Martin Wolff, Hess Corporation

Letter from 2010 SPE President to Members

Dear SPE member:

The Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico is very much on the minds of the leadership of SPE, as well as our members.  SPE’s Board of Directors and staff have had extensive discussions about what expertise SPE can contribute to best serve the industry and the public in this current crisis.

The conclusion of our discussions is that SPE can be most useful in addressing technical issues resulting from the accident and facilitating the sharing of best practices that will emerge from the ongoing investigations.   Continue reading

JUST UPDATED: FAQs on Deepwater Drilling, Gulf of Mexico spill

Frequently Asked Questions: Deepwater Drilling and Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

What caused the Macondo Well blowout and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

The causes of the blowout are still being investigated. It is likely that multiple failures of processes, systems and equipment resulted in this catastrophic event. Exhaustive reviews are being undertaken by the joint US Coast Guard, Minerals Management Service, Marine Board of Inquiry and the President’s National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. [see also BP’s response.]

In addition, industry task forces have been formed to review many specific aspects of offshore operations. Although we don’t know all the factors that caused the accident and it is tempting to rush to judgment, we do know that this industry takes safety and environmental stewardship very seriously. When we do learn how this occurred, the offshore industry will work together to ensure that this type of event never happens again anywhere in the world. Continue reading

Oil and Natural Gas book available for purchase

Oil and Natural Gas, a book aimed at pre-university students is now available for sale on Amazon.com. Produced by SPE with DK Publishing, this hardbound book provides a fascinating, fun-to-read introduction to the history and uses for oil. Use this link to order Oil and Natural Gas from Amazon. Just click on the add to shopping cart icon on the right-hand side of the Amazon page to proceed with your purchase – the book is in stock at Amazon.

If you are interested in purchasing 15 copies or more, you can order directly from SPE at http://www.energy4me.org/orders/oil-and-natural-gas/