Oipa to Study Media Perceptions of Oil, Gas Industry

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The annual meeting of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, set for Sept. 27 through 29 in Oklahoma City, features speeches by the state Attorney General, a representative of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the president of another petroleum industry association.

The general session at 9 a.m. Sept. 28 will include opening comments by Ray Potts, president of P.S.E.C. Inc.; a review of the association action in the past year by Steve Kelley, the association's vice president of governmental affairs; a Washington D.C. review by Bud Scoggins Jr., president of the Independent Petroleum Association of America; and a panel discussion on media perceptions of the oil and gas industry.

Members of the media scheduled to sit on the panel include Riley Wilson, general editor of the "Tulsa World;" Nick Snow, editor of the "Oil Daily;" Jim Tanner, energy editor of the "Wall Street Journal;" and Joe Bauman, environmental editor of the Salt Lake City "Desert News."

Sam J. Cerny, immediate past president of the association, will address the noon luncheon attendees. He will be followed by Oklahoma Attorney General Robert Henry, whose speech is entitled "Political Humor in Oklahoma."

The afternoon will be divided into two seminar sessions, from 1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The first session offers two concurrent seminars: The Environmental Protection Agency's proposed reclassification of drilling muds and salt water as hazardous wastes will be discussed by Mike Cantrell, the association's environmental task force chairman; Mike Battles, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission's manager of pollution abatement; and Jim Collins, of ARCO.

The alternative is a discussion of the current U.S. crude and products market, by Tom Collins, manager of U.S. domestic acquisitions and Jack Morton, manager of wholesale fuels marketing, both of Sun Refining & Marketing Co. Additionally, E.F. Hutton's Steve LeMaster will discuss protection on the down side of the futures market through the use of options.

The second seminar session also has two concurrent seminars:

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's assistant general counsel, Andrea Wolfman, will discuss post-Order 436 regulation.

The alternative is a discussion of oil field insurance options by Bradley L. McCrory, of the North American Insurance Agency.

The Wildcatter Banquet at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 will include a speech by Al Basinger Jr., president of the association, awards for member of the year, legislator of the year and a media award.

Additional seminars are scheduled for Sept. 29 beginning with concurrent seminars on natural gas marketing and the viability of non-commercial soil farming.

The natural gas marketing seminar features the following speakers: David House, chairman of the Natural Gas Committee, as moderator of the discussion; Bob Alexander, president of Alexander Energy Inc.; Carl Simpson, of Riceland Foods; and Ronald Block, of McDermitt, Will & Emery, a law firm based in Washington D.C. . ..

- William Dutcher, a former RAM Group Ltd. officer, has opened his own natural gas contract and marketing consulting firm in Oklahoma City.

Dutcher, a former senior vice president at The RAM Group, formed Dutcher & Co. in April to work with independent producers and other working interest owners in settling natural gas contract disputes and in marketing natural gas, he said.

As an independent consultant, Dutcher hopes to assist producers in natural gas problems ranging from take-or-pay clauses, pricing, renegotiation and releases for marketing to issues for newly-discovered natural gas and released natural gas.

Dutcher has been involved in this type of work since 1979, he said.

With the cutbacks made by independent operators in the industry, there was not enough work for a full-time natural gas marketing or contract person, Dutcher said. …