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SPE Distinguished Lecturer Series featuring Marina Voskanian, California State Lands Commission

Date: Monday, September 25, 2017
Location: Comfort Inn, St. John's

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Monday, September 25, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Comfort Inn, St. John’s, NL

As part of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Lecturer season, we invite you to join us for lunch and hear lecturer Marina Voskanian, who is the Division Chief of the California State Lands Commission and directs the leasing and managements of State lands for the efficient extraction of oil, gas, geothermal and other minerals, as she presents Minimizing Environmental and Safety Risks to Sustain Resource Recovery – A Case Study.






Marina Voskanian

Management of environmental and personnel hazard risks is one of the most critical components of a corporate business plan worldwide, and can significantly impact the ability to achieve the maximum potential from a resource. These risks can be effectively managed only through tested, proven, and state-of-the-art prevention methods.

This principle is central to a resource development strategy. Well planned risk mitigation practices described in this presentation can help assure uninterrupted resource development and recovery, and avoid premature termination of production, loss of revenue and significant human and environmental cost. In California, risk mitigation efforts on state offshore oil fields have been practiced for decades. Its oil spill and safety hazard prevention programs have played a significant role in sustaining the State’s resource development and production. This lecture will highlight the elements of California’s effective risk mitigation practices and its benefits.  State-of-the-art pipeline and facility inspection and testing procedures, blowout preventer inspection and certification, utilization of advanced well drilling technologies, and structural assessment of offshore platforms, are significant components of this program.  The success which these risk prevention programs have had can be a template which domestic and international developers and regulators can follow.

By way of contrast, this lecture also presents a case study highlighting the consequences of a poorly planned and executed risk mitigation plan involving an oil spill into the ocean from an onshore pipeline by a major pipeline company.  The environmental impact from this event has had widespread financial consequences, but the lessons learned from it can be universally beneficial if applied correctly.  

Members:  $54 + hst
Non-Members: $64 + hst
Students: $29 + hst (If you qualify for a student rate, please contact Noia for registration)



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