NPGS Monthly Dinner Meeting—November 1

Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society (NPGS)
Monthly Dinner Meeting
Thursday, November 1
Speaker: Scott T. Hector
Topic: Becoming a Registered Professional Geologist and Making Mineral Remoteness Opinions: Another Way for Consulting Geologists to Make a Living

A message from NPGS: Please join us on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at the Tamarack Junction for cocktails, dinner and lecture by Scott T. Hector.

Abstract: Many states in the United States now require a geologist to be a registered professional geologist in order to perform certain tasks. Such tasks include making a mineral remoteness opinion. This “opinion” is often required when the owners of the surface rights and the mineral rights are not the same. In that case, the mineral holders often want their rights to be considered when lands are being proposed for a solar or wind farm development. This is also often the case when land is being sought for mitigation purposes for the preservation of habitat. Thus, a mineral remoteness opinion is authorized, to give both sides of the argument a better understanding of the actual mineral potential of the surface and sub-surface. The geologist then determines what mineral commodities may be present on the property, and also evaluates the likelihood of the commodity having commercial viability given the remoteness of its location. While much of the work of Hobby Energy has involved discussing the potential for oil and natural gas under certain properties, it has also included gypsum and aggregate evaluation.

Bio: Scott T. Hector is a partner in Hobby Energy, a geological consulting firm. The company is located in Rio Vista, California, roughly half-way between Sacramento and San Francisco in the Delta region. Scott has over 40 years of experience as an explorationist in the oil and gas industry. He started with Texaco in 1970’s after receiving a B.S. in Geology at the University of California at Davis. Shortly after joining Texaco, Scott finished his M.S. in Geology, also at U.C. Davis.

After working with Texaco, Scott left to pursue other ventures. His career has included working with Great Basins Petroleum, Union Pacific (Champlin), MCOR Oil and Gas, MCOR Geothermal, and Gary Drilling. He has been with Hobby Energy since 2005.

Scott has been heavily involved in the AAPG, and has been a member since college when Dr. Cordell Durrell recommended that he join. He was President of the Pacific Section in 2009-2010. In 2008, he won the A.I. Levorsen Memorial Award for best Oral Paper at the PSAAPG convention. He also won the Distinguished Service Award from the PSAAPG that year. At present, he is Vice President for the Sacramento Petroleum Association, a PSAAPG affiliated society. In April of 2018 he received the Honorary Life Membership award from the Pacific Section.

Scott received his Registered Geologist certification from the State of California in 1981. He served on the Examination Committee for the California Board of Registration of Geologists and Geophysicists from 1990 to 2003. In 2017, Scott requested and received his certification as a registered geologist in the State of Utah. Part of this talk will be on the steps that he had to take to receive certification in Utah.

Date: Thursday, November 1
Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Cocktails at 6:30 pm, hosted by Resource Cementing (thank you, Marc Brennen)
Dinner is served at 7:15 PM
Location: Tamarack Junction
13101 South Virginia Street
Reno, NV  89511

Pricing – Registration (Oct 15, 2018 – Oct 29, 2018)
Registrant Type and Price
NPGS Member – Prepay, $25.00
NPGS Member – Pay at Door, $28.00
Non-Member – Prepay, $30.00
Non-Member – Pay at Door, $33.00
Student – $15.00

Register for Meeting:

Cancellation Policy: If you wish to cancel your registration, please contact Karen Loomis ( or Tom Gallagher ( so we may have an accurate headcount for food and accommodations. At this time, NPGS is unable to offer refunds for prepaid registration. However, we are happy to provide a credit for future meetings.

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