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Fellow members of WTGS, I appreciate the opportunity to serve as president of this society for the upcoming year.  I have been here in Midland and working the Permian Basin for 19 years and can’t imagine not having the benefits of the society and collaboration with its members.  When I began my career with Texaco, I was told natural gas was the future of exploration and development, we were squeezing out the last drops of oil from the waterfloods, and still trying to make the Spraberry Trend economic “the largest uneconomic oil field in the world”.  Much has changed in nearly 2 decades, and yes, we have figured out how to make the Spraberry Trend economic.  Gas prices, however, continue to elude us.

As President of the West Texas Geological Society, I encourage all geoscientists working the Permian Basin to be involved in the society.  This society is as important to me now as it was when I began my career.   I am going to reiterate something I have shared previously; We all need support to weather the changes and challenges of our industry through networking, staying abreast of the advancing technology and software, and taking time to remind ourselves of what has been done in the past.  There are many among us, working the Permian, that aren’t current members of the WTGS and many just forget to renew their memberships.  Please take a moment to remind your co-workers and colleagues to pay their dues, not just to keep the society going, but to make it stronger, for their benefit.

On Saturday, August 10th will be our annual WTGS Clay Shoot at Jake’s Clays.  Last year we had a very successful event with 21 sponsors and about 200 people attending.  We sincerely thank our sponsors for making this possible.  We are making a change this year.  We will begin shooting a traditional 100 round Sporting Clay format. I encourage everyone to come out and enjoy a day of clay shooting, a delicious lunch, good company, and a chance to win a gun.  See the Bulletin and/or website for sponsor and registration forms.

Next will be the WTGS Annual Fall Symposium, “The Permian: Leading the Pack”.  It will be held at the Horseshoe Arena on September 24-26th 2019.  The event will begin with an icebreaker social on the evening of September 24th.  The Symposium will consist of 1.5 days of technical talks and posters and an afternoon core workshop.  Following the Symposium will be the Annual WTGS Golf Tourney on September 27th.  The Annual WTGS Fall Field Trip will be on September 26-29th led by Dr. Xavier Janson. The Field Trip will begin with the afternoon core workshop, then examine slope & basinal strata of the Permian in the Glass, Sierra Diablo, and Guadalupe Mountains.  Please register for the Symposium.


Stonnie L. Pollock

WTGS President

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