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Calendar Events for February 2010

How Commodity Hedging Could Impact Activity in 2010
Sponsor: Northside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Richard Moorman and Randy Barron - Southwestern Energy
Days: Tues 9-Feb-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase Dr., Houston TX 77060
Summary: Commodity hedging has been much maligned in the past few years, blamed for everything from contributing to the early 2008 acceleration of commodity prices to worsening the global economic...
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Drilling Hazard Mitigation Technologies Key in Eliminating Non-Productive Time in Challenging Wells
Sponsor: Drilling Study Group
Speaker's Names: David Pritchard, Ted Dodson - Successful Energy Practices, James K Dodson Company
Days: Wed 10-Feb-10 - Thurs 11-Feb-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase Drive, Houston TX 77060 USA
Summary: Cost overruns can easily manifest during well construction because of unexpected issues including lost returns, differential sticking and narrow pore pressure/fracture gradients. To better plan...
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North American Gas Outlook
Sponsor: General Meeting
Speaker's Names: Paul Ziff, CEO - Ziff Energy Group
Days: Thurs 11-Feb-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Petroleum Club of Houston, 800 Bell Street, Houston Texas 77002 USA
Summary: From the impact of low gas prices, through the high full cycle cost of gas, to declines in conventional gas, plus increases in Shale Gas production, along with oscillating LNG...
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Kikeh Topsides Floatover
Sponsor: PF&C Study Group
Speaker's Names: David Edelson, Manager of Marine Operations/Floatover - Technip U.S.A., Inc.
Days: Tue 16-Feb-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial Drive, Houston TX 77024 US
Summary: Deck installation is always a major installation challenge for floating structures, particularly deep draft floaters like the spar which must be installed in relatively deep water. Derrick barges have been...
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Driving Safety
Sponsor: Safety and Environment Study Group
Speaker's Names: Daniel Garstang, EHS&SR Manager for Americas Production and Development - Hess Corporation
Days: Tue 16-Feb-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Houston Petroleum Club, 800 Bell St Ste 4300, Houston TX 77002 USA
Summary: Motor vehicle crashes have historically been the greatest common cause of death and serious injury in the oil and gas industry. This event will focus on the successes and challenges of implementing...
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Success in the Marcellus
Sponsor: Westside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Ray Walker, Range Resources - VP Marcellus Shale Division
Days: Wed 17-Feb-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: The WestLake Club, 570 WestLake Park Blvd, Houston Texas 77079
Summary: In October 2004, Range Resources performed the first modern, large-scale, slickwater frac on a vertical Marcellus well. By December 2009, Range was producing 100 MMcfed net gas to sales...
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“Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know about Frac Proppants….. but were Afraid to Ask!
Sponsor: Completions & Production Study Group
Speaker's Names: Mark Chapman, Petroleum Engineer - Carbo Ceramics
Days: Thurs 18-Feb-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: The Greenspoint Club, 16925 North Chase Drive, Houston Texas 77060
Summary: The success of the fracture stimulation is a major factor in the development of today’s unconventional gas reservoirs such as tight gas, shale plays and Coal Bed Methane. These fractures...
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SPE-GCS Board of Directors Meeting
Sponsor: Board of Directors
Days: Thurs 18-Feb-10 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM CDT
Location: SPE Houston Office, 10777 Westheimer Road, Suite 1075 Houston Texas 77042
Summary: The Gulf Coast Section will hold its monthly Board of Directors meeting from 7:30 am to 10:30 am. Please register so that we may have a proper head count for breakfast...
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Out of the Box, Up the Pole, and Under the Sea - the Value of Diversity in Thought
Sponsor: SPE-GCS Young Professionals
Speaker's Names: Patrick Leach - Decision Strategies, Inc.
Days: Tue 23-Feb-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: TBD
Summary: “Diversity” is commonly cited as a desirable goal on teams and in companies.There is a good reason for this:people with diverse perspectives see different aspects of issues and problems, and tend to...
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Transient Testing of CBM Wells
Sponsor: Reservoir Study Group
Speaker's Names: George Stewart, Technical Director - Weatherford's e-production solutions
Days: Thurs 25-Feb-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Courtyard on St James, 1885 St James Place, Houston TX 77056 USA
Summary: The key issues in the identification of coal bed methane (CBM) wells are the stress dependence of porosity and permeability and areal anisotropy of the horizontal components of permeability...
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2010 Leadership Series - Start a Leadership Revolution!
Sponsor: Career Management
Speaker's Names: Randy Lovell, Professional Leadership Trainer & Speaker
Days: Thurs 25-Feb-10 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM CDT
Location: Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Parkway (formerly NASA Rd 1) Houston TX 77058
Summary: American business professionals are uninspired. According to a recent Maritz Research poll, only 10% of employees look forward to going to work, and most point to a lack of leadership as to...
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Future Events

A Comparison of the Haynesville and Eagle Ford Shale
Sponsor: Northside Study Group
Speaker's Names: Richard K. Stoneburner, President and COO - Petrohawk Energy Corporation
Days: Tues 9-Mar-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase Dr., Houston TX 77060
Summary: The presentation will cover a case study on comparison of Eagle Ford and Haynesville operations and completions.
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Addressing Drilling Challenges in Petrobras’ Cascade and Chinook Developments
Sponsor: Drilling Study Group
Speaker's Names: J.C. Cunha, Well Operations Manager - Petrobras America
Days: Wed 10-Mar-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase Drive, Houston TX 77060 USA
Summary: Currently some of the most challenging wells being drilled by our industry are located in deepwater zones in the GOM. Many of those wells are in water depths of 8,000 ft or more and some....
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How GE Plans to Change the Game...Subsea
Sponsor: General Meeting
Speaker's Names: Manuel Terranova, Senior Vice-President - GE Oil & Gas
Days: Wed 11-Mar-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Petroleum Club of Houston, 800 Bell Street, Houston Texas 77002 USA
Summary: The subsea industry has innovated, developed and matured over the last 30 years. Subsea equipment has been widely field proven although the next decade of field developments are likely...
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The Little Black Book of Safety
Sponsor: Safety and Environment Study Group
Speaker's Names: Bill Arnold, General Manager Health, Safety and Environment - ConocoPhillips' Worldwide Upstream Business
Days: Tues 16-Mar-10 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Houston Petroleum Club, 800 Bell Street, Houston Texas 77002 USA
Summary: Bill Arnold authored a book entitled "The Little Black Book on safety" that he developed for ConocoPhillips while he was based in Aberdeen, Scotland. This practical book was inspired by...
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Articles/Miscellaneous

Chairman's Corner February 2010
Community Service During the Holidays - Submissions are due for the GCS newsletter roughly six weeks before you receive it. It’s Christmas Eve and...

Then and Now February 2010
February 1940 What was the hottest hydrocarbon play in North Texas in 1940? Barnett Shale gas in Wise County? Would you believe Caddo Lime oil in Montague County? Don’t look now, but oil is...

2010-2011 SPE GCS Board of Director Nominees Selected
The SPE Gulf Coast Section Board of Directors approved this slate of officers and directors as nominees for 2010-2011 at the December 2009 board meeting. According to SPE GCS bylaws this slate will stand as elected unless an alternative candidate(s) is put forth by February 15, 2010.

2010 Executive Breakfast
Photos from this year's Executive Breakfast with 2010 SPE President Behrooz Fattahi are online now.
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Geoscience Technology Workshops
AAPG has several Geoscience Technology Workshops planned in 2010. The first of these is the "Deepwater and Ultra Deepwater Reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico". One feature of this workshop that is new to AAPG is the intense focus on discussions and exchanges of ideas. More info on the event here.

Two New Podcasts Available
Watch presentations from Distinguished Lecturers Mike Eberhard (November Drilling) and Joseph Ayoub (November Westside)...

SPE Short Courses Presented in Houston
In efforts to support and build career and lifelong learning needs, SPE has just completed construction of a training center in Houston. This facility will allow SPE to provide a variety of cost-effective continuing education courses year round. View the Houston schedule and register here.

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