West Texas Geological Society Fall Symposium theme is return of vintage plays – mySA

After being scrambled by the pandemic – the West Texas Geological Society held its fall symposium virtually in 2020 and a hybrid of in-person and virtual in 2021 – the society is holding its annual symposium in person this year.

However, while COVID might not have scrambled plans for the symposium, the flooding at the Barbara and George H.W. Bush Convention Center did, prompting the event to move to Odessa’s Marriott Hotel and Convention center downtown Sept. 21-22.

“We’re moving to Odessa for the first time,” said Dave Cannon, WTGS president. “It should give rise to fresh ideas, be a change of pace.”

The event kicks off the morning of Sept. 21 with a keynote address by Alex Epstein of the Center for Industrial Progress, speaking on “Fossil Future: Why Human Flourishing Requires More Oil, Coal and Natural Gas – Not Less.”

This year’s theme is “Return of the Vintage Plays.”

Explained Cannon, “With oil and gas prices today, conventional plays that usually aren’t as attractive are now attractive. These vintage plays need fresh thinking.”

That goes back to what Cannon told the Reporter-Telegram is the biggest benefit of the symposium: networking.

“It’s an informal gathering yet promotes more sharing as the industry progresses,” he said. “It goes back to sharing and that it’s OK to share. Our industry has historically been tight with information. But as we progress into this latest phase of Permian development – the land grab is over. It’s time to share ideas, best practices and extract as much as we can.”

Wednesday will be a full day of presentations by representative of producing companies, service companies and academia. There will also be poster sessions in the morning and again in the afternoon.

Thursday will be a half-day session with presentations, again from producers, service companies and academia. It will conclude with a networking luncheon, featuring Mike Party of Beryl Oil and Gas addressing “How to Build a Company with Lots of Ideas but a Small Amount of Cash.”

Cannon added presentations also will be structured around ESG – Environmental, Social and Governance – as the industry works to lower its carbon footprint.

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