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NOVEMBER 2016

Inside: EnergyHQ Launches Restoration of Family-Owned Land 20th Annual OK Oil & Gas Expo Recap


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LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN

With the joy of the holiday season upon us, we can reflect on the extraordinary accomplishments achieved in 2016 by the OERB. Thanks to the generosity of the oil and natural gas industry in Oklahoma, the OERB has attained many of the shortterm goals we set for 2016, and we have laid the groundwork for many new and exciting long-term projects. I’d like to update you on the progress we made this year, as we look forward to an exciting and productive 2017.

The OERB continues to raise awareness about our industry, and in 2016, we launched two advertising campaigns including our new website, EnergyHQ. The turnout at SOER’s annual Oklahoma Oil and Gas Expo set a record of success and high turnout despite low oil prices with more than 3,000 attendees. We’ve completed numerous restoration projects, reaching our 15,000 site this year and have now spent $100 million on restoration. In education, we launched new virtual field trips and gained many new Petro Pros including Zach Tunin who is highlighted in this issue.

As 2016 comes to a close and we begin 2017, I would like to thank the Oklahoma community, the oil and natural gas industry and royalty owners for how much support we’ve had over the past 23 years. It’s incredible to see what we’ve accomplished so far, and we’re just getting started. Thank you for remaining a part of the OERB, and have a great holiday season! Sincerely,

Danny Morgan President, Morgan Well Service Inc. & Digger Oil and Gas Co.

OERB ADDS TWO NEW EMPLOYEES TO THE TEAM The OERB has added Viji Ayyaru and Tori Jones to the staff. Ayyaru joined the OERB as the new controller. In this role, she is responsible for oversight of all finance, accounting and reporting activities. Ayyaru previously worked for the Homeland Acquisition Corporation as an accounts payable supervisor. She holds a B.S. degree in Finance from the University of Central Oklahoma. Jones joined the OERB as the new communications coordinator/website administrator. She supports all aspects of marketing and communications for the OERB including the quarterly newsletter and social media. Jones previously worked for Citizens Bank as the marketing assistant. She holds a B.S. degree in Public Relations/ Advertising from Oklahoma Christian University. NOVEMBER 2016

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E N E R GY H Q L A U N C H E S The OERB launched a new online publishing site which will act as a go-to source for all things oil and natural gas. EnergyHQ.com features articles, news and videos about how the oil and natural gas industry fuels the way we live, work and play. Content on the new site covers a range of topics including innovations and technology in the oil and natural gas industry, how petroleum byproducts empower advancements and improve quality of life, environmental stewardship, and the industry’s impact on education and the economy. Those who elect to receive email communications from the site, will receive a weekly update with new content. “We are excited to bring this new digital platform to the public,” said OERB Executive Director Mindy Stitt. “We have worked hard to cultivate content that runs the gamut from informative to entertaining. The site truly offers something for everyone.” Anyone interested in learning more about the oil and natural gas industry is encouraged to visit the site and sign up for the weekly newsletter at EnergyHQ.com.

My Energy / I Am

OERB ADDS NEW BOARD MEMBER

The OERB is pleased to announce the addition of Doug Johnson, Senior Vice President- MidCon Development for BP, to the board of directors. Doug Johnson is a 40-year resident of Oklahoma who has committed his professional career in the oil and gas business to promote Oklahoma jobs and reduce dependence from foreign sources of energy. After graduating from Edmond Public Schools, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Geology from Baylor University. Johnson then went on to the University of Oklahoma to earn his Master of Science in Geology. “We are pleased to have someone with Mr. Johnson’s extensive professional experience and expertise join our board,” said OERB Executive Director Mindy Stitt. “He is a well-respected industry leader who has been on the leading edge of innovations for many years.”

Launching along with Energy HQ, the OERB released :30 and :60 television commercials featuring young oil and natural gas professionals in Oklahoma. The new spots, title “I Am,” feature the young, dedicated professionals who are using cutting edge technology to produce oil and natural gas while leaving the smallest environmental footprint possible. Featuring the same message with a different execution, the “New Energy” commercials are made just for digital, or online, release. With the popularity of non-traditional programming options like Hulu and an increase in the number of people who get their news from online sources, the digital commercials help expand the reach of the OERB’s advertising campaigns.

Before BP, Johnson also worked at Manitou Resources Corporation, Lu-Ray Petroleum, Chesapeake Energy and SandRidge Energy. NOVEMBER 2016

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Zach Tunin: OERB Scholar & Petro Pro

Meet Zac Tunin: OERB scholarship recipient, geology major and Petro Pro. Zac first learned about the OERB through his mom, Shelley Tunin, who taught the OERB curricula in her classroom. “I was never directly in her class when she taught, but she would often bring what she taught in her classroom home to me,” said Tunin. “I was fascinated by everything I could learn from the Earth and all the unique rocks and minerals that made up its composition. What stuck with me the most was learning how to examine a rock or mineral to determine its classification and importance.” Tunin grew up learning from the OERB’s curricula, and even attended a Petro Pro presentation to learn about all the different implications of geology in the oil and natural gas industry. “I was so amazed by everything I had learned. Immediately after that presentation, I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, I wanted to be a geologist.” As an OERB scholar, Tunin believes the OERB has given him great opportunities within the oil and natural gas industry. “OERB does so much for the state of Oklahoma and to be associated with them through their scholarship contribution means so much to me,” said Tunin. “OERB is truly encouraging me to continue my pursuit of a degree in geology and it is a great honor to be a scholarship recipient.” Tunin is now a Petro Pro himself, wanting the opportunity to make the same impact on another kid's life as it did for him at a young age. “One of my favorite things about being a Petro Pro is the opportunity to show young kids what a geologist does in the petroleum industry through different experiments," said Tunin. "I get the biggest joy out of watching a group of kids' faces light up with fascination as I perform an experiment in front of them.” Tunin will receive his bachelor’s degree in geology in 2018. Upon graduating, he wants to attend graduate school to earn a master’s degree in geology. He plans to pursue a career in geological research as well as in the petroleum industry. Tunin looks forward to working with the OERB to continue educating young minds about the oil and natural gas industry. “If you have a dream of obtaining a career in the oil and natural gas industry, the OERB will be sure to help you get there,” said Tunin.

SCHOLARSHIPS ARE NOW OPEN! The application period for undergraduate programs is now open. The deadline for 2017-2018 scholarships is March 1, 2017. Register at: OERB.com/careers/scholarships

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UPCOMING ENERGY EDUCATION WORKSHOPS February 4: Vinita High School February 18: Glenpool High School March 4: Cameron University - Lawton March 25: Woodward High School April 1: Hugo High School April 8: Choctaw High School

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Fast Track to Success: OERB Technical Training Program Gets an Update The OERB PetroTech program is now offering a fast-track program to help oil and natural gas professionals advance in their career fields. A new round of classes will start in January and are being offered through Francis Tuttle Technology Center in Oklahoma City and Tulsa Technology Center. PetroTech is a focused technical training and certification program for geological, engineering or land technicians, or those who aspire to move into those positions. The fast track program is specifically geared to individuals in Oklahoma's oil and natural gas industry who are looking to hone their skills, build their resume or seek promotions within their company. The new fast-track option will feature a condensed schedule, which will accelerate the courses. It will also allow those already employed in the industry to take fewer courses. PetroTech graduate Jentry Taylor says she enrolled in the program because she wanted to be a geological technician. “I took advantage of every opportunity that was given to me. I wanted to learn all I could,” said Taylor. “One of my professor’s passed my résumé along to a brand new company, SET Exploration and Production. I got an interview and then accepted their job offer as their geological technician all before I completed my certification.” While there is usually a wait list to enroll, PetroTech coordinator Cheryl Standage says there is plenty of space for the upcoming semester. “We have a lot of seats open,” said Standage. “This is a perfect time for professionals who are already in the industry to build their skills and hopefully advance in their careers.” For more information, including a course list, visit OERB.com/careers/petrotech.

Petro Pro School Year Kickoff Lunch The 2016-2017 Petro Pro season kicked off with a luncheon in September. Nearly 25 volunteers were there to hear about all of the program’s new resources, including a webpage that is a one-stop shop for presentations, industry facts, educational videos, animations and links to industry websites. The Petro Pro program offers to pair teachers with volunteers from the oil and natural gas industry. These volunteers visit classrooms all over the state to give students age-appropriate presentations about Oklahoma’s oil and natural gas industry including how oil and natural gas is produced, how we use it in our everyday lives and career opportunities. In 2016, Petro Pros gave 270 presentations to more than 9,000 students! If you are interested in becoming a Petro Pro, contact Terra Argo at targo@oerb.com.

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OERB Restores Third Generation Family-Owned Land The OERB has restored family-owned land that has been passed down through three generations since 1948. Donna Thomas inherited the land from her mom and dad, and recently passed it down to her two sons, Billy and Travis Thomas. Travis said before the OERB cleaned up their land, it was full of trash, wire, pipes and concrete. “We used to call this place the desert when I was little,” said Travis Thomas. “Before, the pond was just a ditch filled with concrete that was 20-30 yards wide.” The Thomas family now uses their land for cattle and recreational purposes, like fishing. “We’re thrilled that we were able to restore this land for this family,” said OERB Environmental Director Steve Sowers. “They’ll have something to be proud of as they pass it down to future generations.” Donna Thomas and her sons are happy with the restoration of their land, and they recommend for others to call the OERB. “They’ve helped heal our land again, and we’ve had nothing but a great experience,” said Donna Thomas. Fo r m o re i n f o r m at i o n , c o n t a c t L i z Ca l d w e l l , Environmental Coordinator at lcaldwell@oerb.com or 1-800-664-1301 and visit oerb.com/well-site-clean-up.

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Learn more about OERB's land restoration efforts at OERB.com.

OCC Field Inspectors Recognized in Krebs The OERB recently recognized the work of Oklahoma Corporation Commission Field Inspectors, delivering lunch and special appreciation during a meeting of District IV OCC inspectors in Krebs on October 22. The following were given special recognition for their outstanding work: - Bill Weldon - Darrell Wilke - Gary Wood - Luke Marshall - Simon Winlock Pictured: Gary Wood and OERB Environmental Coordinator Liz Caldwell

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Since 1994, the OERB has spent more than $100,000,000 to restore more than 15,000 abandoned well sites. The restorations, voluntarily funded by Oklahoma’s oil and natural gas producers and royalty owners, are provided at absolutely no cost to landowners. EXPLORATIONS | 6


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UPSTOPPABLE PROGESS: 20th Annual Oklahoma Oil & Gas Expo a Success Oklahoma State Fair Park was packed with service providers, producers and industry leaders during the 20th Annual Oklahoma Oil & Gas Expo on October 6. SOER’s popular event continued its record of success and high turnout despite low oil prices. More than 3,000 oil and gas professionals took advantage of extensive industry networking opportunities with exhibitors and fellow attendees from across the state, the United States and Canada. Nearly 200 exhibitors showcased new innovations and evolving technologies, which have helped the oil and natural gas industry increase efficiency and save money. For the first time ever this year’s Expo featured a boat giveaway courtesy of Thru Tubing Solutions, Nichols Marine and SOER.

SOER WORKSHOPS Throughout the year, SOER hosts valuable workshops for industry professionals. These workshops are held in various locations around the state on a variety of industry-related topics.

Check the schedule at SOEROK.com/workshops Exhibit space is still available for The Mid-Continent Digital Oilfield Conference (MCDOC), which will be held in Tulsa on January 25th and 26th. The conference will focus on digital technologies used to continue to improve and change the oilfield.

BE AMONG INDUSTRY LEADING SPEAKERS FROM ALL OVER THE NATION DIGITALOILCONFERENCE.COM NOVEMBER 2016

Throughout the two-day conference, attendees will hear from local and national leaders on how technology is changing day-to-day business throughout the industry. From smart phone apps, to remote monitoring, to theft prevention, technology is allowing us to go places and do things we have never done before. MCDOC provides a unique platform for networking with peers and learning from speakers who are experts in digital oilfield technology. For more information, or to reserve your booth space, visit digitaloilconference.com.

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OERB BOARD MEMBERS

OERB STAFF

Danny Morgan / Chairman Morgan Well Services Inc.

Rob Johnston Atalaya Resources

Mindy Stitt Executive Director

Julie S. Musselman / Secretary JMW, LLC

David Le Norman Templar Energy/ Le Norman Operating

Steve Sowers Environmental Director

Rusty Johnson / Treasurer JEC Operating, LLC Mark Aebi Conoco Phillips Bill Gifford DCP Midstream Wade Hutchings Marathon Oil Corp. Ronnie Irani RKI Exploration & Production Doug Johnson BP America Production Co.

Mike McDonald Triad Energy Inc. Tim Munson Spartan Resources, LLC Garrett Phelan Sunoco Logistics Partners John Pilkington Muirfield Resources Company Hearne Williford Williford Resources, LLC

Carla Schaeperkoetter Education Director

Liz Caldwell Environmental Coordinator Terra Argo Education Coordinator

Dara McBee Communications Director

Tori Jones Communications Coordinator/Website Administrator

Marcy Davis SOER Director

Amanda Cunningham SOER Coordinator

Cheryl Standage Assessment Auditor

Gayla Wright Curricula Coordinator

Viji Ayyaru Controller OERB CONTACT INFORMATION: 500 NE 4th Street | Suite 100 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 (405)942-5323 ph | (405)942-3435 fx (800) 664-1301 | OERB.com Find us on:

This publication, printed by Comtech, is issued by the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board as authorized by Executive Director Mindy Stitt. One-hundred (100) copies have been prepared and distributed at a cost of $192.00. Copies have been deposited with the Publications Clearinghouse of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. [74 O.S. 1991, SS 3105 (B)] 5/97


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