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Volume 11 • Issue 1 • January 2011

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Our Perspective

The year 2010 was a difficult year for our industry.  The incident in the Gulf of Mexico caused a seemingly never-ending wave of scrutiny.  As we prepare for the year ahead, we need to focus in on new rules and regulations that arise throughout the industry, most specifically concerning drilling.  More environmental studies along with additional planning for spilling and response recovery is what the government is recommending and what they will most likely require.  Further exploration in certain regions such as the Arctic, is most in need of the additional studies.  With numerous industry executives committed to further development and production in areas like the Arctic and the Gulf of Mexico, the challenges ahead will be tough for all.  Companies will definitely need to stay up-to-date on all new requirements.  We've overcome a lot throughout the last 60 years, and there's no doubt we can continue to be successful as an industry.

Let's get it done in twenty one one!

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New Rules and Regulations at a Glance

Where there is drilling, there are also rules, policies, and regulations.  The oil and gas industry suffered through a few highly publicized incidents in 2010, and as a result, a new government agency has been established, BOEMRE, which replaces the MMS, the Department of Interior has split into three distinctive divisions, and new rules and regulations are either pending or have been enacted.  While these publicized incidents and changes have received much notoriety, we have highlighted some of the lesser known legislation in Texas and the US government that may not have come to your attention.  Summarized below are new regulations and agency recommendations affecting the industry and providing you links to more information.    

Texas Legislature House Bill 2259, Effective September 1, 2010

HB2259 establishes new requirements for oil and gas operators related to surface equipment removal and inactive wells.  All operators will be required to annually address their complete inventory of inactive wells to obtain approval of their annual organization (Form P-5).  Wells inactive for more than 12 months must have all electrical lines disconnected; wells inactive for five years must have all tanks, lines, and vessels purged of fluid; and wells inactive for ten years must have all surface equipment removed.  For detailed information regarding these new requirements, the Railroad Commission has created the Inactive Well Aging Report (IWAR) and it's available on the Commission's website at:  

Sunset Advisory Commission Decision Material - Railroad Commission of Texas

The Sunset Advisory Commission addressed several issues relating to the TRRC and its oversight of the oil and gas industry.  Key recommendations include:

•    Require the oil and gas program to be self-supporting by authorizing the Commission to levy surcharges on the program's permits, licenses, certificates, or reports to achieve this purpose

•     Require the Commission to formally adopt penalty guidelines in rules

 •    Direct the Commission to revamp its tracking of violations and related enforcement actions tied to oil and natural gas production and to develop a clear and consistent method for analyzing violation data and trends

For a complete accounting of issues reviewed and the recommendations given to address those issues, the complete report can be found at

New EPA Rules for the Oil and Gas Industry, November 9, 2010

Final rules were issued by the EPA that will require oil and gas facilities to begin reporting greenhouse gas emissions in 2011.  Oil companies are not required to achieve any emission reductions; however, they must produce annual emissions reports that are intended to inform the public and guide policymakers in the quest to address global warming.  Operators of petroleum facilities such as oil and gas wells, compressor stations, and storage tanks will need to track greenhouse gas emissions and submit their first annual reports in March 2012.  The new regulations can be found at  

As debate continues on how best to balance our need for energy independence with the need to protect our nation's natural resources and the environment, we will update you on the regulations affecting our industry.  Meanwhile, don't forget that we at Collarini Energy Staffing are recruiters of regulatory professionals should you need additional help to meet new needs in Texas and throughout the United States and the Gulf of Mexico.

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The following biographies are just a small sampling of the kind of talent available in our talent pool of over 19,000 experts.  Please call our placement managers if you are interested in learning more about these professionals, or check out our website for more candidates.

Geologist with a bachelor's degree in geology and over 25 years of experience working in small oil and gas companies. Expert in workover recommendations on development wells. Additionally experienced in prospect generation, well monitoring, logging operations, seismic reprocessing, velocity modeling, subsalt and decollement studies, multi-layered mapping, and evaluating farm-out and acquisition opportunities. Geographic areas worked include the Gulf of Mexico, South America, and West Africa. Proficient in SMT, Landmark, and GeoGraphix. A Certified Petroleum Geologist and member of the New Orleans Geological Society, the Society of Professional Well Log Analysts, and the Southeastern Geophysical Society.  Ask for G2083.

Geologist with a master's degree in geology and 13 years of experience working for small and mid-sized oil and gas companies. Expert in old field revitalization and new field exploitation, with a drilling and recompletion track record with increased reserves of over 20 MMBOE. Additionally experienced in mapping, reserves calculation, location identification, and planning in complex carbonate and clastic environments. Geographic areas worked include the Permian Basin, Sand Hills Field, Hildreth Field, Manfield field, North McElroy field, Tinsley Field, and the Mississippi Salt basin. Highly proficient in PETRA geological software. A licensed Professional Geoscientist, officer of the Fort Worth Geological Society, and member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists.  Ask for G850.   

Geophysicist with a master's degree in geophysics and 15 years of experience with large oil and gas companies. Expert in generating exploration leads and interpreting 2D and 3D seismic data. Additionally experienced in building velocity models for depth conversion, prestack depth migration interpretation, and interpreting and mapping Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Tertiary markers and unconformities in both conventional and unconventional plays. Geographic areas worked include the Texas Gulf coast, the Rockies, the Wilcox-Lobo Trend, the San Joaquin basin, the Greater Green River Basin of Wyoming, the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, the Western Desert of Egypt, Libya, and offshore Trinidad and Thailand. A member of the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists, The Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.  Ask for GP1174.

Geoscientist with a bachelor's degree in geology and 20 years of experience working for major oil and gas companies. Experienced in conventional and unconventional plays, and generating and evaluating prospects. Additionally experienced in salt dome evaluation, drilling vertical and horizontal wells, field development, and mapping to detect and predict areas of fracturing for tight-gas wells. Geographic areas worked include southeastern Louisiana, the Texas Gulf coast, and the Austin Chalk play. Proficient in Landmark, SeisWorks, and PETRA.  Ask for GG452.

Sales Manager with a bachelor's degree in business and marketing and 28 years of experience working for oil and gas service companies. Expert in sales, business development, account management, and negotiating contracts for major well abandonment and decommissioning projects. Experienced in the sale of heavy lifts, electric lines, dimensional cutting tools, and diving services. Geographic areas worked include Texas, Louisiana and the entire Gulf of Mexico coast region.  Ask for SM321.  

HSE Manager with a master's degree in business administration and 15 years of safety and environmental experience. Expert in leading large teams through safety and environmental inspections, audits, and conducting root cause analysis. Experienced in creating and implementing safety programs and HSE management systems. Certified Safety Professional and Certified Safety and Health Official specialized in oil, gas, and petrochemical.  Ask for HS617. 

Flow Assurance Engineer with a master's degree in subsea engineering and 12 years of deepwater experience in the oil and gas industry. Expert in flow assurance and operability including steady state and transient thermal hydraulic analysis, and subsea processing including separation and boosting. Experienced in subsea system design with economic analysis, well optimization including enhancement and management techniques, economic forecasting, and project interface management. Geographic areas worked include the Gulf of Mexico, Angola, Nigeria, and the United Arab Emirates. Software proficiency in PIPESIM, Multiflash, advanced user of PVTsim, OLGA 2000, OLGA 5, and FieldPlan.  Ask for F1732.

Environmental Engineer and HSE Specialist with a master's degree in environmental engineering and seven years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Expert in Phase I and II environmental site assessments, health-based risk assessments, pollution prevention, and waste minimization programs. Experienced in environmental compliance audits pertaining to the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act regulations. Geographic areas worked include Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming, and internationally in Iraq, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, and Brazil. Language fluency in English and Spanish.  Ask for HS406.

Drilling and Production Manager with a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering and 35 years of oil and gas experience working for mid-sized to large independents and a major oil and gas company. Experienced in the management and operation of drilling and production departments, facilities design, safety, regulatory and environmental compliance, workover and completion design, and well troubleshooting. Geographic areas worked include Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Kansas, Colorado, and the Gulf of Mexico.  Ask for DP280.

Production Engineer with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and 25 years of experience working for mid-sized to large operators and service companies. Experienced in completions, workovers, production, fracture design, costing, and failure analysis. Geographic areas worked include North Dakota, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Louisiana, and the Gulf of Mexico.  Ask for P652.


Engineering Technician with a bachelor's degree in geology and 30 years of experience working for mid-sized operators and a research company. Experienced in supporting engineers and geologists by generating and evaluating economics, generating local and regional maps, integrating information to produce various spreadsheets and graphs, and generating and maintaining corporate budget databases and quarterly cash flow projections. Software proficiency in ARIES, PowerTools, IHS, PETRA, DrillingInfo, SONRIS, and PowerPoint.  Ask for TE269.  

Reservoir Engineer with a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering and 30 years of experience working for large independents, major operators, and consulting firms. Experienced in field exploitation, property evaluation, risk analysis, financial modeling, and reserves estimation. Geographic areas worked include California, Texas, Louisiana, Kansas, the Gulf of Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, and China. Software proficiency in ARIES, PHDWin, Peep, PowerTools, OFM, F.A.S.T. RTA, WellTest, Pete Rose, and @Risk.  Ask for R989.

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Brace Yourself for Congressional Reform or Safety Case Anyone?     

An Update After This Week's Spill Commission Report

On January 11, 2011 a group of experts presented their findings to Congress regarding the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Their recommendations have effectively taken the industry one step closer to comprehensive reform and new regulations.  Rather than pointing to a sequence of bad choices by individuals in one specific set of circumstances, the commission declared that accidents of this kind could happen anytime with any company due to the "systemic" nature of the shortcomings.  The panel's findings state clearly that the current system by which the offshore industry conducts its business inherently allows for future accidents to take place.  This is dramatic, since the focus has now officially shifted from looking for bad apples in the basket to basically investigating the basket's design itself.

What this will mean to the industry is the implementation of far more regulatory oversight than the offshore industry has ever seen and, as we predict, the introduction of mandatory safety case programs.  Those working with companies involved in the oil and gas business in Europe and other selected regions are already familiar with the concept.  But it will mean a revolutionary change in how HSE practices are conducted in most U.S. companies.  It will result in organizational changes and redevelopments, implementation of new systems, and the new hiring of professionals who are thoroughly familiar with safety case processes.  For those unfamiliar with the concept, a safety case is a study or set of studies that provides reasonable proof regarding the safety and stability in a particular system.  Safety case studies serve a number of different purposes, including  

•    providing assurance that management systems underlying offshore operations are compliant with regulations and the industry's best safety practices

 •    preparing the background and foundation for regulatory compliance reporting and auditing    

 •    identifying risks and hazards and implementing control functions involved in the operation of a production system

While some companies are already prepared to operate in this new environment, many companies will need to revamp to meet compliance.  Now is definitely the time to look closer at the safety case system and to get in touch with experts in the field. 

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Connecting the Industry's Experts...

Collarini Energy Staffing Inc. is a full-service agency specializing in the placement of energy and EPC personnel and including the disciplines listed below (other supporting personnel are managed upon request):

Accountants and finance personnel
Administrative and clerical personnel
Business analysts
Civil and architectural engineers
Drilling engineers
Drilling operations supervisors
Geologists, geophysicists, and petrophysicists
Health, safety, and environmental personnel
Human resources personnel
Instrument and electrical engineers
IT professionals
Land, legal, and supporting personnel
Materials and corrosion engineers
Naval architects
Operations supervisors
Pipeline, riser, and subsea engineers
Process engineers
Procurement engineers
Production engineers
Project managers and support personnel
Quality control and inspection personnel
Reservoir engineers
Sales and marketing professionals
Technical writers
Technicians, drafting and graphic
Technicians, engineering and geoscience

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Collarini Career Management applies its deep understanding of the career paths of technical professionals in the E&P and EPC communities to help companies and professionals build successful organizations and careers. We leverage Collarini's unique combination of industry knowledge and technical expertise to guide companies and individuals during transition, training existing employees for high performance, and designing customized technical training plans for companies and individuals.

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