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Surface Study Group

Renewal Plan for Oil and Gas Regulation

Thursday, April 7th, at 11:30 a.m.

Petroleum Club, 12th floor, 5060 California Avenue, Bakersfield



In October of 2015, the Department of Conservation and Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources published a document defining a sweeping set of modernization at DOGGR titled “Renewal Plan for Oil and Gas Regulation”. This plan was authored to address recognized opportunities to improve the performance of the Division through four distinct objectives:

  1. Regulatory Overhaul
  2. New Regulations for New Realities
  3. Modernizing Data Management
  4. Ensure High Quality Workforce

Adopting and implementing this plan, along with complying with new commitments to the US EPA and new state and local legislative measures has resulted in major programmatic and organizational changes in the Division that affect DOGGR priorities and operations and how oil and gas fields are operated in California.

This talk will address:

  • the objectives and progress of the DOGGR Renewal Plan
  • an overview of the commitments to the EPA
  • a summary of new state and local legislation passed and pending
  • how these are impacting or potentially will impact oil and gas operations in the Inland District and Statewide.


Bill Bartling is the Inland District Deputy for the Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources in Bakersfield California. The Inland District includes all or portions of Kern, Kings, Tulare, Inyo, Fresno and Madera Counties, which accounts for over 80% of oil and gas production in California.

Prior to joining DOGGR in October, 2015, Bill was General Manager of Borehole Imaging for OptaSense Ltd, President and CEO of SR2020, Sr. Director of Market Strategy at Silicon Graphics, Manager of Technical Computing at Occidental Oil and Gas, Sr. VP of Software Engineering at CogniSeis Development and Earth Scientist/Manager in exploration, production and research at Chevron. Bill has a BA in Biological Sciences from UC Santa Barbara and a MS in Geology from San Diego State University, is Vice President of SEG Pacific Section and sits on the Advisory Board of the San Diego State University Center for Computational Sciences. He is a member of SPE, AAPG, SEG and EAGE.

Date: Thursday, April 7th, at 11:30 a.m.

Location: Petroleum Club, 12th floor, 5060 California Avenue, Bakersfield

Please RSVP by 12 PM Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Using one of these options:

PayPal account where you can use your Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or PayPal Account

Members $25

Non-Members $30

Students: Free with RSVP, no-shows may be billed

Day of event: Members $30, Non-Members: $35


Walk-ins and attendees with email/phone RSVP must pay by cash or credit card at the door.

Please email or call Allison Escovedo 661-699-3690 for email/phone RSVP

SPE General Meeting

April 21 - General Section Meeting

Lessons Learned from Data Mining in Unconventional Reservoirs


Lecturer: Randy LaFollette, Baker Hughes

 Date: Thursday, April 21st, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

 Location: The Petroleum Club, 12th Floor, 5060 California Avenue, Bakersfield

 Abstract: The task of identifying key production drivers in unconventional reservoirs remains challenging, even after decades of exploration and production in North America, during which tens of thousands of horizontal unconventional wells have been drilled and completed. Tens to hundreds of variables, categorized as reservoir quality, well architecture, completion, stimulation, and production metrics, are involved. The author’s team has combined geographical information systems (GIS) analysis and multivariate analysis using boosted regression trees for improved data mining results, as compared with univariate methods. The lecture will dis-cuss key elements of data mining in unconventional reservoirs to raise an awareness of cutting edge statistical tools and methods being used in the industry. The presentation will provide examples of data mining projects in three shale plays.

 Speaker Biography:

Randy LaFollette is the director of applied reservoir technology at Baker Hughes’ pressure pumping services. With 37 years of experience in the industry, he is a subject matter expert in geoscience and petroleum engineering. He leads a team of experts responsible for con-ducting geospatial and data mining studies of stimulation effectiveness, comparing reservoir quality, well architecture, well completion, and treatments performed with production results. LaFollette holds a BS in geological science from Lehigh University.


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    Topic: Pipe Flexibility Analysis

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