Termo Bids Farewell to a Long Time Supervisor

July 2, 2012

Friday June 29th marked the end of long time Termo Lease Supervisor Bill Nickerson’s career with the company.  His retirement comes after 19 years of service and dedication to Termo and 40 plus years in the oil and gas industry.  Bill came to Termo from Shell and oversaw our operations in Northern Los Angeles and Kern Counties as well as our Sacramento Valley gas production.

Bill made significant contributions to the operational performance of Termo through his strong focus on safety and environmental compliance.  He could be tough and he demanded a strong performance from contractors and staff, but in so doing drove his colleagues and staff to be better operators.

While we are saddened that he is leaving our family, we are pleased that he will get some much need rest and relaxation and time with his.  He and his wife of 47 years are looking forward to spending summers with family in Montana and indulging in his favorite pastime – fishing. 

America’s New Energy Reality - Article from the NY Times

June 14, 2012

Very interesting and provides a great insight.  Yergin and IHS always deliver quality insight.


Long Beach City Council Recognizes Termo for Lease Beautification Efforts

May 18, 2012

On Tuesday May 15thTermo received a Certificate of Recognition from the City for its beautification efforts in and around its Long Beach Area Leases.  This is the culmination of several years of effort and work which was started by Oil Operators Incorporated.  Our Southern California Area Supervisor Calvin Ito led the effort on our behalf and we congratulate and thank him and his team for all the time and dedication they put in, and recognizing the importance of being a good neighbor and doing what is right for the community.

We are extremely pleased and proud to have this acknowledgement of our ongoing community involvement.  Hearty congratulations to our local industry peers which were also recognized - Oil Operators and its President Kevin Laney, Graner Oil Co., and E&B Natural Resources.

Termo Permits Four New Wells in Ventura County

April 11, 2012

South Mountain Field

Termo has acquired permits and finished construction on a pad to drill up to four wells in the South Mountain Field, Ventura County.  The wells will target the Sespe zone.  Spudding of the first well is anticipated by mid-June.

CIPA Responds to Hydraulic Fracturing Hit Piece

April 2, 2012

Environmental Working Group Publication is Fraught with Inaccuracies

Today, CIPA released a paper entitled “Are Hydraulically Fractured Wells Regulated in California? Yes!”  The paper is in response to a hit piece released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) on hydraulic fracturing in California that contains misinformation, unconfirmed data, and case examples that have nothing to do with hydraulic fracturing. In their brochure, “California Regulators: See no Fracking, Speak no Fracking,” EWF criticizes the state for not regulating hydraulic fracturing and suggests California’s underground sources of drinking water are at risk.  But the brochure fails to mention the aggressive regulations, oversight, and inspections DOGGR performs in order to prevent any fluids, including fracking fluids, from migrating to any unintended zones.

The CIPA response clarifies a number of issues. First, all wells are regulated in California, including those that are hydraulically fractured. While the term “hydraulic fracturing” does not appear in regulations, well bore designs are very stringent to the point where it does not matter which completion technique is used on a well; there will be no upward migration of fluids into a freshwater zone or the surface. Wastewater disposal issues are the reason DOGGR was created nearly a century ago and the Division has a strong record of protecting groundwater resources with both regulations and inspections.

Industry supports the creation of a disclosure regulation and has worked in good faith with the author and sponsors of AB 591 (Wieckowski – D) to create a workable bill. At the end of last year, all the pieces were negotiated except for the proprietary language to allow drillers to keep their secret formulas while still disclosing the contents.

Language was offered by industry that is consistent with current California law on trade secrets as well as disclosure laws that have been adopted in other states. The EWG, the sponsor of AB 591, rejected this approach, delaying the bill until the 2012 session started. Industry continues to work with the author and the bill is set to go to committee when the legislature comes back from spring break.

CIPA also corrects several other misstatements from EWG. For more areas where CIPA is setting the record straight, please click here. For additional information, please contact Rock Zierman.  

Posted Courtesy of CIPA - The California Independent Petroleum Association