I am on the SPE Committee for a 2-day workshop readers may wish to try and attend. It is focused on the liquids rich unconventional plays and will be held April 11–12, 2011 in that hotbed of oilfield technology, Palos Verdes, California. The SPE-sponsored workshop will be held at the Terranea resort hotel and details can be found at http://www.spe.org/events/11asc2/pages/about/index.php
For decades, natural gas traded at relative prices that fluctuated between 6:1 to 10:1. Crude oil prices have since risen and North American gas prices dropped to yield ratios of more than 20:1 and few people anticipate a prompt reversion. Many operators now focus on resource plays with a greater potential for liquids production. These include the Bakken, Eagle Ford, and Niobrara. This workshop will focus on the unique characteristics of such plays and bring together technical experts from many disciplines to discuss results, challenges and opportunities.
The workshop brochure can be obtained here: http://www.spe.org/events/11asc2/documents/11ASC2_Brochure.pdf
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The Keynote panel is slated to include:
• Ben Dell, Co-Head, Energy Investing at AllianceBernstein
• Tim Dove, President and COO, Pioneer Natural Resources Co.
• Steve Holditch, Head of the Harold Vance Dept of Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University
The Committee members can be found here: http://www.spe.org/events/11asc2/pages/about/committee.php
I would encourage you to consider participating in this and other SPE workshops and forums.