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SIPES Luncheon: July 15, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

July 15, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm CDT


The Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (SIPES), Houston

Alaska Exploration: New Discoveries and a History of Independents

Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021
Time: Wine served at 11:00 am  |  Lunch & Lecture starts @ 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Venue: Petroleum Club of Houston, 1201 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77002

For membership, go to – https://sipeshouston.org/product/annual-dues-2021/


The North Slope in Alaska is often thought to be only for the large companies and operators, however its just not true. The area has a rich history of being driven by independent oil finders. The risk taking and independent thinking of these people has driven the continued exploration of the area. In the most recent election Alaska made a crucial decision to continue support of the oil business by bucking the federal government trend and allowing for exploration, including fracking on state lands. Due to this Alaska has had a resurgence of exploration and is continuing down that path. In this talk, Matt Boyce (president of Epoch Consulting) will illustrate the history of independents, ongoing opportunities and the most recent discovery by Burgundy Xploration and others.


Dr. Matt Boyce:

Matt is by education a geologist with a BS and MS from University of Arkansas as well as a PhD from West Virginia University. In addition to geology Matt has spent much of his career as Petrophysicist with emphasis on Cluster analysis and Core NMR. In 2018, Matt founded EPOCH consulting to begin his journey as an independent. In 2019 Burgundy Xploration began a project with EPOCH consulting that grew into a working relationship/partnership and eventually resulted in contributions to the newest discovery well named the Charlie 1 on the North Slope.


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July 15, 2021
11:00 am - 1:30 pm CDT
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Petroleum Club of Houston
1201 Louisiana Street, 35th Floor
Houston, TX 77002 United States
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Jeffrey Allen