James E. Smith, P.E.
1981 - Present President, James E. Smith & Associates, Inc., Spartan Operating Company, Inc., and Peak Oil & Gas Company, Inc.
A leader in the field of petroleum engineering; plan, drill, operate, supervise, and complete wells; develop and review geological prospects; monitor Railroad Commission hearings; consult as an expert witness, with experience on more than 500 cases.
1978 - 1981 President, Smith & Harman Engineering Company, Inc., Safety Management Associates, Inc., S-H-K Operating Company, Inc., and Streetman Salt Water Disposal, Inc.
Planned and supervised drilling and completion of over 100 wells ranging in depths from 5,000 to 16,000 feet; planned and developed Streetman Salt Water Disposal, Inc.; managed numerous oil and gas properties in the East Texas area.
1976 - 1978 Vice President, Petro-Management, Inc.
Planned and supervised over 20 wells down to depths of 15,000 feet, including high pressure sour gas wells; conducted operations on day work basis; planned and supervised rig selection, bit program, hydraulics, mud system, H2S safety training, casing programs, log evaluations, completion recommendations and supervision.
1976 State Field Operations
Director, Railroad Commission,
Reviewed wells being drilled and completed in the State of Texas; acted as State Field Monitor on oil well fires and blowouts; monitored operators' programs with "Authority to Proceed,” conducted extensive investigation into Hydrogen Sulfide, “Sour Gas,” oil and gas operations; developed the Texas Rule 36 Regulation for sour gas production, drilling and completion operations; directed "East Texas Field Study," developed an on-line computer system for the State of Texas; organized the Statewide Radio Network; completed numerous official projects.
1967 - 1974 District Director, Railroad
Directed Railroad Commission review of the drilling and completion of all wells in the District; organized planning, logistics and well-site supervision for re-entry and re-plugging of over 300 abandoned wells, two of which were located in 40 foot of water in Toledo Bend Reservoir; reorganized Railroad Commission Districts 5 and 6, which became the model plan for Railroad Commission Statewide Operations.
1962 - 1967 District
Director, Railroad Commission,
the re-entry and clean out of over 200 wells leaking saltwater and oil to
ground level; reorganized
1962 - 1962 Project Engineer, Railroad Commission,
Supervised all field activity for Railroad Commission District 4; conducted slant well investigation; planned field logistics and well-site supervision of the re-entry and clean out of over 200 wells which had been intentionally junked to avoid investigation.
1960 - 1962 Assistant District
Director, Railroad Commission,
Supervised and trained all Railroad Commission field personnel inland and offshore drilling and completion operations.
1958 - 1960 Field Engineer,
Supervised drilling and completion reviews; conducted well tests, lease inspections, and regulatory investigations.
1955 – 1958
Recipient of Minnie Piper Stephens Scholarship
Distinguished Student Award - 1955-56
1954 - 1955 Arlington
Freshman Honor Society - 1955
1950 – 1954 Abilene High School, Abilene, Texas
Post Graduate Achievements
2015 The Society of Petroleum Engineers, Petroleum Engineering Certification Program
2015 “Perforating with Lasers: Are You Ready for the Power of Light?”, East Texas Section of Society of Petroleum Engineers, Tyler, TX
2015 “Extended Reach Drilling”, East Texas Section of Society of Petroleum Engineers, Tyler, TX
2014 “US Oilfield Markets”, East Texas Section of Society of Petroleum Engineers, Tyler, TX
2014 “What Have We Learned About Fracturing Shales After 12 Years of Microseismic Mapping?”, East Texas Section of Society of Petroleum Engineers, Tyler, TX
2014 “Interference Study of Shale Gas Wells”, East Texas Section of Society of Petroleum Engineers, Tyler, TX
2014 “Optimizing Drill-Out Efficiency Using On-The-Fly Data-Driven Procedure Design”, East Texas Section of Society of Petroleum Engineers, Tyler, TX
2014 “Characterizing Shale Plays – The Importance of Recognizing What You Don’t Know”, East Texas Section of Society of Petroleum Engineers, Tyler, TX
2013 “Shale Selection, Completions, Fracturing, and Production”, Society of Petroleum Engineers, New Orleans, LA
2013 “Horizontal Well Completions, Society of Petroleum Engineers”, New Orleans, LA
2013 “Guidelines for the Practical Evaluation of Undeveloped Reserves in Resource Plays”, SPEE Monograph 3 Short Course, SPEE Houston Chapter, Houston, TX
2013 “What’s Next for the Haynesville Shale”, East Texas Chapter of Texas Society of Professional Engineers, Tyler, TX
2013 “Professional Liability Lessons for Engineers”, East Texas Chapter of Texas Society of Professional Engineers, Tyler, TX
2013 “Global Unconventional Gas & Oil”, East Texas Chapter of Texas Society of Professional Engineers, Tyler, TX
2013 “Knowing Your Blind Spots”, East Texas Chapter of Texas Society of Professional Engineers, Tyler, TX
2013 “MVP 2.0 Chemical Management Tool: A Case Study”, East Texas Section of Society of Petroleum Engineers, Tyler, TX
2013 “Update on the Opportunities Ahead for LNG”, East Texas Section of Society of Petroleum Engineers, Tyler, TX
2013 “Extraction of Stuck Oil Field Tubulars Using Surface Resonant Vibratory Techniques”, East Texas Section of Society of Petroleum Engineers, Tyler, TX
2012 “LNG Gas for the Oil Patch”, East Texas Section of Society of Petroleum Engineers, Tyler, TX
2012 “Shale Resource Assessment and Development Full Life Cycle Integrated Approach”, East Texas Section of Society of Petroleum Engineers, Tyler, TX
2011 “Professionalism and Ethics”, Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board
2011 “Water and Wastewater Equipment Technology”, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, Tyler, TX
2011 “Hydraulic Fracturing Material Selection”, East Texas Section of Society of Petroleum Engineers, Tyler, TX
2011 “Water Reuse in the Petroleum Industry”, East Texas Section of Society of Petroleum Engineers, Tyler, TX
2011 Haynesville Shale Seminar, East Texas Section of Society of Petroleum Engineers, Tyler, TX
2011 “Proppant Selection and Its Effects”, East Texas Section of Society of Petroleum Engineers, Tyler, TX
2011 “The Market for Horizontal Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing in 2012”, East Texas Section of Society of Petroleum Engineers, Tyler, TX
2011 “Gas Well Liquid Loading Problems with Application of Capillary and Plunger”, East Texas Section of Society of Petroleum Engineers, Tyler, TX
2011 “Discussion of Rock Mechanics”, East Texas Section of Society of Petroleum Engineers, Tyler, TX
2011 “Autonomous Perforating Systems for Multizone Completions”, East Texas Section of Society of Petroleum Engineers, Tyler, TX
2010 “Batch Pumping Gas Reservoirs in East Texas and North Louisiana”, East Texas Section of Society of Petroleum Engineers, Tyler, TX
2010 “Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing”, East Texas Section of Society of Petroleum Engineers, Tyler, TX
2010 “Petrophysical Evaluation of the Haynesville Shale in Northeast Texas and Northwest Louisiana”, East Texas Section of Society of Petroleum Engineers, Tyler, TX
2010 “Waterless Fracturing: A New Stimulation Technology”, East Texas Section of Society of Petroleum Engineers, Tyler, TX
2010 “Improving Stimulation Effectiveness – Field Results in the Haynesville Shale”, East Texas Section of Society of Petroleum Engineers, Tyler, TX
2009 Review for Practice and Principles Exam, Society of Petroleum Engineers, New Orleans, LA
2008 Horizontal Operations in the Cotton Valley, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Tyler, TX
2007 Applied Engineering Ethics, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Vail, CO
2007 Reserves Evaluation, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Vail, CO
2006 Horizontal Well Completions, Society of Petroleum Engineers, San Antonio, Texas.
2006 Reservoir Aspects of
Horizontal and Multilateral Wells, Society of Petroleum Engineers,
2004 Engineering Liability,
Protections & Ethics, Kerry C. Williams of Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White,
2004 The Engineer’s Approach
to Texas Oil & Gas Regulation, Pollard Petroleum Consulting,
2004 “Produced Water and
Associated Issues”, Petroleum Technology Transfer Council,
2004 Barnett Shale II
1999 Hydrocarbon Economics
and Evaluation Symposium - Energy in the Next Millennium, Society of Petroleum
1999 Formation Damage: Mechanisms, Diagnosis, and Prevention,
Society of Petroleum Engineers,
1999 Applied Technology
Workshop – Probabilistic Assessment of Reserves, Society of Petroleum
Seismic for Engineers, Society of Petroleum Engineers;
1991 Safety and Compliance Seminar, Department of Transportation, Kilgore College; Kilgore, Texas.
Train-the-Trainer Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S)
Instructor Training Course, American Society of Safety Engineers;
Overview of Horizontal Drilling and Completions,
Society of Petroleum Engineers;
Annual Technical Meeting, Society of Petroleum
Interstate Oil Compact Commission Meeting;
1976 Annual Gas Conditioning
Drilling and Production Institute,
Advanced Reservoir Engineering, Graduate Seminar,
1958 Annual Technical Meeting, Society of
American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE)
National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE)
National Gas Society of East Texas (NGSET)
National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (SIPES)
Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers (SPEE)
Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA)
Texas Alliance of Energy Producers (TAEP)
Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO)
Texas Oil and Gas Association (TOGA)
Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE)
East Texas Geological Society (ETGS)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Past Chairman, West
Past Chairman, East Texas Symposium on Hydrogen Sulfide Operations
Awards and Honors
Featured as Petroleum Industry Legend in “Black Gold: The Story of Texas Oil & Gas”
Certificate of Recognition-Petroleum Pioneer, Permian Basin Int’l. Oil Show, Inc.
Certificate of Appreciation, West Central Texas Municipal Water District
Certificate of Appreciation, Desk & Derrick Club
Certificate of Appreciation, National Professional Engineers Hall of Fame
Certificate of Appreciation, Lubbock Area Firemen’s Conference
Who's Who in the Southwest - 1975
Who's Who in Engineering and Science – 1993
Recognized for Outstanding Service to the State of Texas as a Professional Engineer for over 50 years, Texas Board of Professional Engineers
SPE Engineering Certification June 2015
SPE Legion of Honor 50 Year Membership 2015
Business Hall of Fame, “Petroleum Engineers and Geologists, Best of 2015”, Presented by Tyler Award Program
Past Member, Kilgore Chapter, Lions Club
Former Scout Master, Boy Scouts of America
Wood Badge Training
Certificate Instructor, Boy Scouts of
Texas A & M University Alumni member
Tyler Chamber of Commerce
Presentations and Publications
Smith, J.E., "A Review of Acid Gas Injection with Discussion of Critical Criteria for
Future Acid Gas Injections Projects, Based on the Design and Operations Experience
Gained from Acid Gas Injection Projects with a Comparison of the Similarity of the CO2
Sequestration Projects and to Acid Gas Injection Projects", presented to the First
International Acid Gas Injection Symposium 2009, Coast Plaza Hotel and Conference
Center, Calgary, Alberta, T2A 6B6, Canada (October 2009)
J.E. “Introduction to Gas Quality
Specifications”, presented to the
Conference 2006, North Texas Gas Producers, Natural Gas Society of
“The Search for the
Smith, J.E., Neufeld, M.H. and Sorrells, D.C.; “Development of the Cotton Valley Geopressure Zone in Panola County, Texas, Using Air/N2 Drilling and Openhole Completion Techniques;” paper SPE 14657 presented at East Texas Regional Meeting of the Society of Petroleum Engineers; Tyler, Texas (April 1986).
Smith, J.E.; “H2S Regulations in Deep Well Drilling;” presented to the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Deep Well Drilling Conference; Amarillo, Texas, (April 1977).
J.E.; “The Effect of Rule 36 (H2S Service) on Material Selection;” presented
to the Houston Chapter, American Society for Metals;
Smith, J.E.; “A History of the Development of Rule 36;” Journal of Petroleum Technology; (1977) 1227-1234.
Smith, J.E.; “A
Review of Texas Railroad Commission Rule 36 for Operation in Hydrogen Sulfide
Areas;” paper, SPE 6147, presented to American
J.E.; “H2S Regulation in Perspective;” presented to the 12th Annual
Pipeline & Maintenance Institute;
Smith, J.E.; “History of the Development of Rule 36;” paper presented to the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Annual Technical Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (October 1976).
J.E.; “Development of Texas Hydrogen Sulfide Public Safety Regulation (Rule
36);” paper presented at Interstate Oil Compact Commission Meeting,
J.E.; “The Relationship of New Texas Sour Gas Rules to Gas Conditioning Operations;”
paper presented at 26th Annual Gas Conditioning Conference,
“New Texas Railroad Commission Regulation on Sour Gas (Hydrogen Sulfide)” paper
presented at Drilling and Production Institute, U. of
Smith, J.E.; “Cooperation is Key to Pollution Control in East Texas;” Petroleum Engineer (November 1971).
Raschke, Alvin, Smith, James E. and Wills, M.E.; “Let Engineering Know-How Solve Salt-Pollution Problems;” The Oil and Gas Journal (August 9, 1965).
Landrum, Bobby L., Smith, James E. and Crawford, Paul B.; “Calculation of Crude-Oil Recoveries by Steam Injection;” Petroleum Transactions; (1960) Vol. 219, p. 251-256.
Landrum, Bobby L., Smith, James E. and Crawford, Paul B.; “Calculation of Crude-Oil Recoveries by Steam Injection;” Summary of T.P. 8130; Journal of Petroleum Technology (1959) p. 237-A.
JAMES E. SMITH, P.E.
Special Activities in the Field of H2S Operations
· Personally developed Texas Railroad Commission Rule 36 for Hydrogen Sulfide Public Safety.
· Devised internal safety training program for Texas Railroad Commission staff.
· Conducted six Safety Training Seminars in 1975 for the Texas Dept. of Public Safety Personnel.
Presented fifteen speeches on Hydrogen Sulfide regulation and safety at
various industry and public groups in
· Served as advisor to other states developing H2S regulations modeled on the Texas Rules.
· Served as advisor and consultant to many clients conducting Hydrogen Sulfide compliance studies.
· Participated actively in development of H2S safety systems.
· Developed contingency plans for various clients with Hydrogen Sulfide operations.
· Instructed at Petro-Management, Inc. sponsored H2S Safety School.
· Testified as an expert witness on H2S for Basin Operating Company and Rudman Oil & Gas in the original Eustace Field Rule Hearing.
· Developed the H2S Safety Plan for Delhi Gas Company and the Texas Oil & Gas for their East Texas H2S system and H2S operation for drilling, completion and production.
Testified as an expert witness for Woolf & Magee, Inc. on its
McCord Well #1,
Testified as an expert witness for, and acted as consultant to the
Union Grove School District of Upshur County,
Developed H2S Safety Manual and H2S Contingency
Plan for Tejas Gas Co.,
· Served on Texas Railroad Commission 1984 Advisory Committee for Review of Texas Railroad Commission Rule 36 effectiveness.
· Served as H2S Operations expert witness in several regulatory and civil litigation cases, 1976-present.
· Served as the Primary Engineering Consultant on the planning for drilling, completion, and operation of more than 50 deep, high-pressure H2S wells in Texas Railroad Commission Districts 5 & 6. Assignment required the development of procedures for both operating and safety, including the selection and specification of materials.
Served as chairman and planner/developer of the 1974 Sour Gas and Crude
Symposium held by the East Texas Section of the Society of Professional
· Served as guest instructor for H2S training for the American Society of Safety Engineers.
· Consulted with Oxy USA on the development of the H2S Contingency Plan for Eustace-Myrtle Springs Pipeline.
Prepared H2S Contingency Plan for Trident NGL, Ginger
· Consulted and advised Freeport McMoran on the H2S Contingency Plan for their Main Pass 299 Sulfur Field.
· Collected and reviewed 300 publications on H2S and prepared a formal bibliography, 1990.
· Prepared briefing for the Texas Railroad Commission on "Shelter in Place" for H2S Episodes.
· Developed H2S Safety Contingency Plan for Trident NGL, Inc., Myrtle Springs Gas Gathering System, 1993.
· Prepared an H2S Safety Study of Installation for Texas Utility Fuel Oil Co., 1993.
· Developed H2S Awareness Training for Texas Electric Service Co., 1993.
· Prepared H2S Safety Study of Installation for Texas Utility Fuel Oil Co.
Developed H2S Safety Contingency Plan for Ultra Petroleum (
· Developed H2S Safety Contingency Plan for Dynegy Midstream Services, L.P., Eustace/Edgewood/Myrtle Springs/Ginger Fields in Rains, Van Zandt and Henderson Counties, Texas, 1998. Pioneered the utilization of dispersion modeling and escape rate determinations for prediction of potentially impacted areas.
· Developed H2S Safety Contingency Plan for Vintage Petroleum, Inc., Bright Star/Ginger, Edgewood/Edgewood NE, Fruitvale/Fruitvale-East, Wade, Wesson Fields in Raines and Van Zandt Counties, Texas, 1999.
· Introduced utilization of the concept of “Shelter in Place” as a means of protecting the general public.
· Developed H2S Contingency Plan for Newstar Energy utilizing the pioneering, innovative concept of the re-injection of Hydrogen Sulfide into non-productive reservoirs for disposal.
JAMES e. SMITH, P.E.
Experience in Exploration and Production Operations
· Professionally active for over 40 years in the oil and gas industry.
· Consulted and operated as manager on over 1,000 wells ranging in depths of 3,000 to 20,000 feet.
· Experienced primarily in East Texas; additional work in South and West Texas, the Texas Gulf Coast, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma.
· Experienced with both low and high-pressure wells and wells classified as critical service wells.
· Experienced as both office engineer and well-site supervisor.
· Managed the operation of 100 wells owned by SMK Energy for Deberry Operating Company from 1984 to 1989.
· Managed and/or supported the operations of:
Petroleum Production Management 1984 – 1996
Hanover Energy, Inc. 1984 – 1989
SMK Energy, Zapata County, Texas 1986 – 1999
Spartan Operating Company, Inc 1992 – Present
East Texas Production Management 1995 – 1999
Zapata-Fender, L.L.C. 1995 – 1999
Larry Townes, Shelton Field, Red River County, Texas 1996 – 2001
Redwood Energy Production, L.P. 2001 – Present
Pegasi Operating, Inc. 2002 – Present
BEUSA Energy, Inc. 2004 – 2012
Team Invest 2004 – Present
Chalker Energy Management, L.L.C. 2005 – 2008
Encana Oil and Gas, Inc. 2005 – 2008
Regency Gas Services, L.P. 2005 – Present
Sawtooth, Inc. 2005 – 2009
Triangle Three Resources, L.L.C. 2005 – Present
Forest Oil Corporation 2006 – Present
Comstock Resources, Inc. 2007 – 2011
59 Disposal, Inc. 2007 – 2011
T R Rodessa, Inc. 2007 – Present
Sabine Oil & Gas (f/k/a NFR Energy, L.L.C.) 2008 – 2013
Sunray Operating Company, L.L.C. 2008 – Present
TR Energy, LLC 2008 – Present
LATX Operations (f/k/a Triple S Management, L.L.C.) 2008 – Present
Shoco Production, LP 2009 – Present
Trinity Disposal and Trucking, LLC 2011 – 2013
Access Midstream Partners 2011 – Present
Petro-Hunt, LLC 2012 – Present
Vess Oil Corporation 2012 – Present
Marion Energy, Inc. 2013 – Present
Dyersdale Energy, LP 2014
Horizon Production and Operating, LLC 2014
Howell Oil and Gas, Inc. 2014
Kimmeridge Tri-State Exploration, LLC 2015 – Present
Texstar Utility Midstream, LP (a/k/a Southcross Energy) 2015 – Present
Texas Independent Oil Company 2015 – Present
· Knowledgeable and experienced on computer systems; operating on many current state-of-the-art engineering software programs available to petroleum engineering field.
· Experienced in reserve and evaluation work with numerous projects completed and accepted by major financial institutions.
· Experienced in multi-disciplined planning, supervision, and day-to-day surveillance; processing of all invoices, billing, and revenue distribution; and all other requirements for the operation and management of exploration and production companies.
· Recognized within the legal fraternity as an expert with an extensive and tested record in oil and gas operations.
EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS TO SUPPORT
A BOSSIER SAND PROGRAM
The East Texas Bossier has received a significant
amount of attention in recent months.
JES has been involved in drilling, completion and operation of the wells
on the western shelf of the
(1) Drilling, completion and operations involvement in the excess of 200 wells since 1976.
Formations have included the Smackover, Cotton Valley
Lime, Cotton Valley Pinnacle Reef, Bossier Sand, Cotton Valley Sand,
(3) This involvement has included elements in varying degrees of the following assignments:
(a) Regulatory permitting
(b) Regulatory filings
(c) Regulatory hearings
(d) Well planning
(e) AFE development
(f) Facility and pipeline planning and installation
(g) Site supervision of drilling, completion, fracing, facility installation, pipeline installation and general operations
(h) Completion design
(i) Frac design and selection
(j) Onsite technical supervision of fracture stimulations
(k) Reserve and economic studies
(l) Geological studies
(m) Area statistical trend studies
(n) Extensive literature searches and information compiling and indexing on the current Bossier activity
(o) Development of an extensive historical database for production, completion and stimulation data on Bossier wells
(p) Development of analytical techniques for analyzing database information to predict optimum criteria for specific program parameters
JES Qualifications to Support a Bossier Sand Program
The JES Bossier Support Team is led by