News Release

For Release:  May 2, 2007           
Contact:  David Christy (916) 985-4474

BLM Plans Oil and Gas Operator Seminars

The Bureau of Land Management is planning two annual seminars for all federal oil and gas operators. An all-day seminar will be held on May 24 at Aera Energy’s Bakersfield Office, 10000 Ming Ave.

In response to favorable feedback from a number of operators, BLM will also conduct a half-day seminar on May 22 that will be more oriented towards field personnel. The field seminar will be hosted by Occidental of Elk Hills at their Elk Hills office on Highway 119. 

“The purpose of the seminar is to provide an update for federal operators on their responsibilities on federal leases and information on permitting, leasing, split estate issues, assignments/transfers, bonding, field operations, BLM’s inspection, idle well and royalty rate reduction programs and many other items of importance,” said Jeff Prude, BLM Bakersfield oil and gas program lead and seminar chairman.

The all-day May 24 seminar will cost $45; $30 for the half-day seminar on May 22, which includes all handouts, snacks, and lunch.  Both seminars begin at 8:30 a.m.  The seminar on May 24 will be finished by 3:20 p.m., after which BLM staff will remain to discuss and answer questions one-on-one in a more informal setting.  The seminar on May 22 will be over by noon, after which lunch will be provided.  To confirm your reservation, please send your check with a list of those who will attend each seminar by Monday, May 7.

Make checks payable to USDI- BLM and mail to:

   Attn:  Wanda Oats
   Bureau of Land Management
   3801 Pegasus Dr.
   Bakersfield, CA 93308

Please include your name, phone number, and "BLM Operator Seminar" on your check.

If you wish to register after May 7, please call Wanda Oats at (661) 391-6132 to see if there is space remaining for late registration.  For questions, please call Jeff Prude at (661) 391-6140.

“This program will benefit everyone who operates on BLM land or is involved in any way in the permit process, including engineers, land staff, drilling personnel, production accountants, permit technicians, field technicians, and contractors,” Prude said.