PEGN 315 CALIFORNIA FIELD SESSION 2014 By Linda Battalora
Thanks to the generosity and enthusiasm of our many alumni and friends, the 2014 PEGN 315 California Field Session was a great success! Fifty-six students, Al Sami, Ronny Pini, Teaching Assistants Jason Downey and Lyle Hansen and I made a loop starting in Huntington Beach, moving on Bakersfield and finishing our last tour in Ventura.
Group photo at The Chevron Kern River Field
On Friday, CSM alum Elliott Riege guided us on a tour of Chevron’s Kern River Field and operations center, and provided presentations on the history of the field and Chevron. We would like to thank Chevron for this educational tour, lunch and for generously sponsoring our Field Session this year.
Alum, Mike McCarter, with students and California Department of Fish and
Wildlife representative at OXY Huntington Beach.
CSM alum Mike McCarter ( OXY ) designed a full day in Huntington Beach including a safety meeting, breakfast, drilling rig tour, facilities tour, meeting with representatives from the California Fish and Game Division, tour of adjacent wetlands and sensitive areas, lunch and a tour of Tiger Wireline Shop in Signal Hill. From there, we headed to Bakersfield where we set up “camp” at the Homewood Suites for five nights.
On our first full day in Bakersfield, AERA engineers and CSM alums Angie Ransom, Travis Ransom, George Hunsaker, Ryan Stef, Jeff Kim, and Stacie Gallegos led us to the Bellridge Field for breakfast, tour of field operations in progress (drilling, completion, stimulation), lunch at AERA head quarters and an opportunity for informal conversation with CEO Gaurdie Banister, Jr.
We spent the next day with OXY at Elk Hills. This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to learn about the former U.S. Naval Petroleum Reserve, tour a drilling rig in action, the gas facility and amine plant, production rig and emergency services center. Many thanks to Mike LeBaron (PE alum) for arranging our tour and hosting us at Elk Hills!
Our annual Alumni event, “Evening with Industry”, at the
Bakersfield Petroleum Club
On Friday night, we enjoyed an “Evening with Industry” organized several of our PE alums. We would like to thank the following alums and their companies for organizing and sponsoring this annual event: Kelsey Gallegos ( DRILTEK ), Dave Mayer ( AERA ), Elliott Riege ( Chevron ), Mike LeBaron ( OXY ), Lonnie Kerley ( Freeport McMoran ) and Josh Yurkanin ( Holmes Western ).