NPGS Monthly Meeting—Monday February 5

Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society
Monthly Dinner Meeting
Monday, February 5, 2018
SPEAKERS:  John Menghini, BLM, Reno, NV and Lowell Price, NDOM, Carson City, NV
TOPIC:  “State-of-the-State: An Update on Geothermal, Dissolved Minerals (Lithium in Brine), and Oil & Gas Exploration and Development in Nevada”

Please join us on Monday, February 5 2018 at the Tamarack Junction for a State of the State presentation. Lowell Price with Nevada Division of Minerals and John Menghini from the BLM Nevada State Office will discuss oil, gas and geothermal issues in the Silver State.

John MenghiniUS DOI Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Oil and Gas Program Lead.  John has worked in the Nevada State Office, Reno Nevada since 2003.  He provides oversight for all oil and gas operations and technical expertise for all fluid-related development in the state of Nevada.  John is involved not only with the oil and gas program, but as a technical operations specialist for the Geothermal Program.  He has a wide range of knowledge with all aspects of the federal requirements dealing with permitting and unitization agreements including lease suspensions, unavoidable delay requests, paying well determination and establishment/revisions of participating areas.  Because of the limited size of Nevada’s oil and gas program, he is involved in every aspect of the development and support of the fluids program for all District Offices in Nevada.

John graduated from the University of Wyoming with a BS in Petroleum Engineering.  After working a few years in the oil and gas industry, John decided that a little business knowledge would be helpful.  John returned to University of Wyoming, where he graduated with his second degree in Business Management.  John then went to work for the BLM in 1989 in Rawlins, Wyoming as a staff Petroleum Engineer.  In 1993, John transferred to Casper where he worked for the Reservoir Management Group in units and drainage.  In 1995 he moved to the Platte River Resource Area as the Lead Petroleum Engineer for that office.  Later this office became the Casper District, and John stayed there until his move to the Nevada State Office in 2003, where he has worked since that time. John will have 29 years in with the BLM this February.

Lowell Price—Nevada Division of Minerals, Fluid Minerals Program Manager. Received BSc in Geology from the University of Texas at Arlington.

1978 to 1986: Eight years in oil and gas exploration with Amoco International Oil Company. Exploration geologist specializing in thrusted terrains. Primary areas of work were onshore Oman and the United Arab Emirates (Oman Mountains Thrust System). Worked on Rocky Mountain Thrust System structural projects for Amoco Denver for one year (on loan from Amoco International) in western Wyoming and southeastern Idaho. Also worked the Gulf of Suez, onshore Tunisia, offshore Morocco, and offshore Gabon, all extensional structural targets, and a calci-turbidite stratigraphic play in onshore Abu Dhabi.

1987 to 1998: Twelve years in precious metals exploration. Worked as a contract geologist for six years for multiple companies, such as Freeport-McMoRan, Tenneco Minerals, Chevron Minerals, and Morrison Knudsen, running large exploration drilling programs, as well as mapping and sampling project areas, in Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, Idaho, and Oregon. Worked as an exploration geologist for Independence Mining for six years in the Independence Range and the Bull Run Mountains, both located in northeastern Nevada.

1998 to 2000: Two years as a partner in Dray & Price Exploration. Worked as an exploration geologist evaluating areas within the northern Rockies and basins along the eastern margin of the northern Rockies for potential oil and gas plays.

2000 to 2008: Eight years working wellsite geology in Nevada, California, Alaska, Belize, and Guatemala, in both oil/gas and geothermal drilling operations.

2008 to present day: Nine plus years as the Fluid Minerals Program Manager with the Nevada Division of Minerals. Primary work is the review of all oil/gas, geothermal, and dissolved mineral permit applications and drilling programs, as well as sundry notices related to the oil/gas and geothermal industries. Have worked as one of the many team members in revising and developing regulations for all three industries, such as regulations developed for hydraulic fracturing in 2014 and the new dissolved mineral resources exploration draft regulations in 2017 and 2018. Oversee all drilling operations for the Division, as well as perform wellsite inspections for the approximate 580 oil/gas and geothermal related wells in Nevada.

LOCATION: Tamarack Junction, Reno, NV
13101 S. Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89511
Cocktail Reception 6:30 PM; Dinner Served at 7:00 PM
NPGS Members $25-$28; Non-Members $30-$33; Students $15

RSVP for the Dinner Meeting by Friday, February 2, with the following link:

If you must cancel your reservation, please contact Jake Zachry, or Tom Gallagher,

Upcoming NPGS Meeting Dates:

  • Thursday, March 1: Emma McConville (UNR), Assessment of the Geothermal Potential of Crescent Valley, North-Central Nevada
  • Thursday, April 5: Vincent Ramirez (ReXplore), Lake Livada and Other Lithium Exploration Activities in Nevada
  • Thursday, May 3: Jake Zachry (Krummrich Engineering), Natural Gas Storage Well Integrity and API RP 1171

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