October 6, 2008

Oil and Gas Meeting Coming to Santa Fe

The New Mexican

The 80th annual meeting of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association starts Sunday in Santa Fe. Registration and official activities will be at Eldorado Hotel.

The gathering of industry representatives and government officials is expected to draw 1,000 people from several states, according to NMOGA president Bob Gallagher.

Among the speakers at the three-day meeting will be New Mexico's two U.S. senators, Republican Pete Domenici and Democrat Jeff Bingaman; the state's two congressmen, Republican Steve Pearce and Democrat Tom Udall; and Lt. Gov. Diane Denish.

Also speaking will be Russ Ford, vice president of Shell Exploration; Marianne Kah, chief economist for ConocoPhillips; Mike Terry and Mindy Stitt of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board; and William Carr of the Holland and Hart law firm.

The meeting comes with the price of oil down from its peak of $147.17 on July 17. Oil is now trading between $94 and $97 per barrel, according to AAA New Mexico's Weekend Gas Watch.

Natural gas prices have been soft recently, due in part to seasonably moderate temperatures, according to the federal Energy Information Administration.

The luncheon speaker on Monday at La Fonda will be Tony Blankley, a regular on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, Rivera Live, the Nightly News with Brian Williams and Fox News' Hannity & Colmes.

Blankley is now executive vice president for global affairs with Edelman, a public-relations firm.

At the luncheon, two outstanding New Mexico citizens will be presented with the Pete Porter and the Jason Kellahin awards for their service to the state and the oil and gas industry. The association's general session Monday afternoon will focus on industry/agency concerns.

For more information, call the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association at 982-2568.

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