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SPE PGH: March 11, 2010 Newsletter
March 11, 2010
Upcoming Events
News &  Upcoming Events
 
Dear Donna,
 
Here's the early/mid-March edition of our e-newsletter. It's designed to give you a brief overview of the highlights, then link you to websites with all the details.
 
If you've got any questions, input, feedback, or suggestions for this newsletter, please reply to this message. 
 
Sincerely,
Donna Marcotte
SPE Pittsburgh Section, Secretary & Communication Coordinator
FRAC School is Coming to Pittsburgh

May 17-21, 2010
 
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Sign up before April 16 and save $250.00.
PetroleumETC is hosting its first FRAC School in Pittsburgh, PA.
 
Frac School is PetroleumETC's premier, state-of-the-art, week-long course on hydraulic fracturing.

When: May 17 - 21, 2010
Where: Location to be announced soon. 

The school is taught by the following frac specialists and experts:
*  John Ely, Ely & Associates
*  Dr. Peter Valk√≥, Texas A&M University faculty
*  Dr. Jerry Jensen, University of Calgary faculty
*  Bruce Meyer, Meyer & Associates Fracturing Software
*  Mike McCoy, consultant
 
For more information, including a detailed course agenda and registration details, visit www.FracSchool.org.
 
This ad also appears on the Events Page of the SPE PGH website.
Next Pittsburgh Section Event: Friday, April 16, 2010 at Penn State

April 16, 2010
Section Scholarship Awards at Mixer Event hosted by Southwestern Energy
 
Before their annual golf outing, the SPE Penn State Student chapter is having a social event where they will announce the new officers for their chapter.
 
We thought this would also be a great time to announce this year's 5 Pittsburgh Petroleum Section scholarship recipients. So we're taking our April Section event to State College!
 
We hope you will come up for this event and stay for the Penn State SPE Student chapter golf outing, which is Saturday morning, April 17. (See below for more details.)
 
When:   April 16, 2010 (Friday)  6:00pm
Where:  The clubhouse at Toftrees Golf Resort
              (which is where the golf outing will be held)  
 
Food includes carving station/sandwiches, hors d'oeuvres, and finger food.
 
Cost: Free courtesy of hosts Southwestern Energy.
         But you must RSVP by March 29, 2010.
 
To register, click the Register Now link below. 
 
 
Come to the Fifth Annual Penn State SPE Golf Outing

April 17, 2010
Mark Your Calendar: Golfers and Sponsors Needed
Plan to attend this fun and worthy cause, to support our student-affiliated SPE chapter at Penn State University. All proceeds benefit the Penn State SPE chapter. 
 
When:  April 17, 2010 (Saturday), 8:00am reg, 9:00am shotgun start
Where: Toftrees Resort, rated 4 1/2 stars by Golf Digest, located 3
            miles from Penn State campus
Cost: $150 per industry golfer; $100 for student sponsorship.
          Includes greens fee, cart, and lunch.
 
For more information, visit the SPE PGH Events Page and scroll down to SPE Penn State Annual Golf Outing, then download the event flyer.
PAPG Upcoming Events

From our Colleagues at PAPG
SPE provides information about events from our colleagues in the Pittsburgh Area Petroleum Geologists (PAPG). If you have any questions about their events, please contact PAPG secretary Katie Schmid.
 
For more information, visit their website at www.papgrocks.org
 
Or to download their newsletter, vist SPE PGH News & Announcements and scroll down to PAPG.
 
March-April Highlights
March 18 Meeting featuring David Curtiss, Director of the
   Geoscience & Energy Office, Washington D.C. presenting "The
   Shifting Sands of US Energy Policy" 
Radisson Greentree
 
April 1 Meeting featuring Martin Perlmutter, 
Chevron Geologist and AAPG Distinguished lecturer, presenting "High Frequency Paleoclimate Change: Impact on Exploration Strategy and Climate Research"  Radisson Greentree

April 30-May 2, Marcellus and Utica Shale field trip to New York
Call for Papers: New Unconventional Resources Conference

Canadian Unconventional Resources and International Petroleum Conference (CURIPC)
This new conference is being co-sponsored by SPE and the Canadian Society of Unconventional Gas (CSUG) and will be held October 19-20, 2010 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The conference committee is now accepting abstracts/proposals covering the broad spectrum of unconventional oil and gas technologies and experiences worldwide.
 
Abstract Deadline is March 29, 2010

For more information visit the conference website http://www.spe.org/events/curipc/2010/
 
Engineers Week at Carnegie Science Center Was a Great Success!

Thanks to local Pittsburgh members and Penn State student members for making this a great event.
 
The overall event had more than 4,000 attendees from the greater Pittsburgh area. Students and adults seemed very interested in and enjoyed the Pittsburgh SPE booth and activities.  
 
For event photos and details of booth activities, planners, and participants, see SPE PGH News & Announcements.
Pittsburgh Section Maintaining FIRST PLACE in SPE Contest

Annual SPE Membership Contest Runs Through Aug 31, 2010
To win the contest, sections of similar sizes must renew members and gain new members. The section with the largest number of new members and renewals wins USD 1,000 for the section. Latest contest standing>>  Pittsburgh is in Group E.
 
We are still in first place, but second and third place sections have changed several times, showing that our lead may be tenuous. If you haven't yet renewed your membership, please do so ASAP. Or if you know someone who is not yet a member, get them to join.
  
Don't Miss Any of the Benefits of Your SPE Membership
Renew your membership, update your information or even join online now--just click here: http://www.spe.org/membership/
 
IMPORTANT! If you have just moved to Pennsylvania, you must update your mailing address with SPE International. Then you will automatically be added to the Pittsburgh Petroleum Section list.
We cannot simply add you to the Pittsburgh list; you must update your info with SPE.
Section Meeting "No Show" Policy is Working

A big "Thank You" to the people who have begun to use the new cancellation procedure. Several people have called or emailed to cancel when their plans have changed, helping to save the section money. And the number of "no shows" each meeting is declining.
 
Please notify us of if you must cancel your meeting registration
When people register for a meeting and then don't show up, our SPE Section is still responsible for the cost of the meal. Needless to say, "No Shows" can cost the Section a lot of money--money that could better serve our work and our members.
 
Beginning in November 2009, the SPE Pittsburgh Section Board--in consultation with SPE International and other SPE Sections--has implemented a policy of invoicing meeting "No Shows."
 
For more information on what to do if you must cancel your meeting registration, see SPE PGH News & Announcements.
SPE Pittsburgh Petroleum Section
c/o Donna Marcotte Consulting
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania 16652
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