Lafayette Chapter News

January 2019


Special thanks to Gifford Briggs, President of LOGA, for offering a presentation on “The State of the Industry,” plus information on the 2019 elections.


The Louisiana Oil & Gas Association’s annual outlook is a well-attended event and 2019 was no different. Gifford shared insights on some key concerns ahead for Louisiana including the Gulf of Mexico, Haynesville Shale, Austin Chalk and the current litigation climate. Gifford encouraged industry participants to get involved. #GetInTheRing


Gifford Briggs, center, poses with AADE Lafayette Chapter board members after the meeting including Jude Boudreaux, Sharon Moore, Kristy Bonner and Alden Sonnier.

December 2018


Special thanks to Patrick Molbert for presenting at the December Lafayette Chapter AADE General Meeting. The crowd was closely following Molbert’s discussion on DNR regulations, the orphan well program and current Lafayette District developments. Molbert is District Manager in charge of the Lafayette District for the Department of Natural Resources, Office of Conservation. AADE Vice President Jude Boudreaux, left, and AADE President Kristy Bonner, right, pose with Molbert following the meeting.

November 2018


Special thanks to Barry Salsbury, Managing Partner with Krewe Energy, LLC, for presenting on "South Louisiana Oil & Gas – Challenges & Opportunities" at the November 19 AADE Lafayette Chapter General Meeting.


Following the meeting, Salsbury, center, was presented with a gift of appreciation by AADE Lafayette Chapter Vice President Jude Boudreaux, left, and Steering Committee member Alden Sonnier, right.

October 2018

Special thanks to Attorney General Jeff Landry for speaking at this week's AADE General Meeting in Lafayette.

Attorney General Landry gave a thought-provoking discussion on "The State of the State and Louisiana’s Energy Industry" to a packed audience of oil industry attendees.


Landry, center, was presented with a token of appreciation following the meeting by AADE Vice President Jude Boudreaux, left, and AADE President Kristy Bonner, right.

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September 2018




Bob Meize, Vice President, Operations for GulfSlope Energy kicked off the 2018-2019 session for the AADE Lafayette Chapter on Monday, September 17 with a presentation on Drilling Deep, Subsalt on the Shelf. The presentation offered an informative overview of GulfSlope Energy and its efforts in the subsalt trend. Special thanks to Bob Meize and GulfSlope Energy for sharing with our group. A full-house was in attendance for our first general meeting of the 2018-2019 session.


AADE Steering Committee members Alden Sonnier, left, and Rick Voth, second from left, and AADE Vice President Bryan Leger, right, presented Bob Meize with a special gift of appreciation following the meeting. 

May 2018


Our final AADE Lafayette Chapter General Meeting of the 2017-2018 Session was a huge success!


Thanks to Marcel Robichaux, General Manager of Upstream Capability Drilling & Completions - Assurance with Chevron, for presenting in May at a special joint AADE/SPE event in Lafayette, Louisiana. Marcel offered an insightful presentation on WellSafe, Chevron’s Well Control Assurance Program, to a packed ballroom.


Marcel Robichaux of Chevron, center, stands with SPE President David Boucher, left, and AADE President Kristy Bonner following the event.

Meritorious Service Awards


The AADE Lafayette Chapter recently presented Derrick Daigle of Halliburton with a Meritorious Service Award to recognize his ongoing contributions to the AADE organization. Derrick is currently a Steering Committee member, Finance Committee member and serves on the Universities/Scholarships Committee. He is a two-term past president and is actively involved in many university efforts including UL scholarships, lab projects and other educational efforts, all while working directly with the AADE Student Chapter in multiple capacities. Congratulations to Derrick on this much deserved honor!


Derrick Daigle, center, is shown with AADE Steering Committee member Rick Farmer, left, and AADE Treasurer Sharon Moore.

The AADE Lafayette and New Orleans Chapters recently honored Alden Sonnier and Sharon Sonnier of Francis Drilling Fluids with Meritorious Service Awards to recognize their ongoing contributions and longtime commitment to the AADE organization.


Their service provided to both Chapters has made a substantial contribution in multiple key capacities - from fundraising to membership and supporting organizational changes in light of the changing industry to spearheading new board member participation. Alden currently serves on the Lafayette Chapter board as a Steering Committee member, Finance Chair and Joint Industry Committee Chair. Alden is also a two-term past Lafayette Chapter President. Sharon has served in multiple capacities for both chapters guiding and supporting AADE events and efforts. 

April 2018




Mark Smithard, COO of Cantium, offered a look at the company and its future efforts at the April AADE General Meeting held at the Petroleum Club in Lafayette. Smithard shared that Cantium plans to be the most active company on the shelf and that a key part of their growth is due to efficiency. This was a well-attended and insightful discussion from this new oil and gas player.

Special thanks to Smithard and the Cantium team for agreeing to come speak to the AADE Lafayette Chapter!


Following the meeting, Mark Smithard, center, stands with, from left, Alden Sonnier, AADE steering committee member; Rick Voth, AADE committee member; Bob Pearl with Cantium; and Kristy Bonner, AADE president.




The March 19 AADE meeting in Lafayette was the place to be!


More than 100 industry representatives showed up to hear "Louisiana Austin Chalk – A New Resource Play?" presented by Jerred Clark, a Consultant Drilling and Completion Engineer with Capital Petroleum Consultants. Thanks to Jerred Clark for offering up this informative presentation and fielding numerous questions from interested participants.


Jerred Clark, center, poses with AADE President Kristy Bonner, left, and AADE Steering Committee member Alden Sonnier following the luncheon presentation.



The February AADE Lafayette Chapter General Meeting held at the Petroleum Club featured a presentation called "Win – Win Synergy Between Operator and Service Provider" from Keith Seilhan with Stone Energy and Jason Foreman with Halliburton. The two companies shared successes and lessons learned from the Pompano project. This discussion offered an interesting take on how the two companies successfully partnered for this challenging project in an innovative environment.


From left, AADE President Kristy Bonner, Keith Seilhan with Stone Energy, Jason Foreman with Halliburton and AADE steering committee member Alden Sonnier pose after this well-attended meeting.



Also at the February meeting, UL spring scholarship recipient Evan Knight was presented a check. AADE UL representative Derrick Daigle, left, presented Evan Knight a check and offered congratulations along with AADE President Kristy Bonner and AADE scholarship chair Rick Voth.

January 2018


Don Briggs, president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, offered a State of the Oil and Gas Industry presentation today at the AADE Lafayette Chapter General Meeting at the Petroleum Club in Lafayette. It was a great presentation on important issues facing the Louisiana oil and gas industry. Briggs also noted some bright spots for Louisiana including activity in North Louisiana, LNG expansion and exporting efforts.


Following the meeting, Briggs, second from left, stands with AADE Steering Committee member Alden Sonnier, from left; AADE President Kristy Bonner and committee member Jude Boudreaux, right.




The December AADE General Meeting held at the Petroleum Club of Lafayette featured a worthwhile discussion on Turnkey Drilling in South Louisiana.

Presenters from Energy Drilling and Precision Drilling attended to offer some turnkey industry stats and trends, company insights and to share their thoughts on what is ahead for this industry segment. A special thanks to both Matt Brough and Joey Hopewell for participating in this special presentation and Q&A event on turnkey drilling. This was a well-attend and well-received event!


After the presentations, from left, AADE President Kristy Bonner, Joey Hopewell of Precision Drilling, Matt Brough of Energy Drilling and AADE Steering Committee member Alden Sonnier pose for a photo.

November 2017




Chris McLindon of Upstream Exploration LLC spoke today at the AADE General Meeting at the Petroleum Club in Lafayette. He offered an informative discussion on an NOGS/Louisiana Geological Survey research initiative. The goal of this initiative is to produce a fault atlas for the state of Louisiana. Special thanks to all who attended today’s event and to Chris McLindon for coming to Lafayette to share some geological insights and offer a glimpse of efforts ahead.


After the meeting, Chris McLindon, second from left, posed with AADE steering committee members Alden Sonnier and Craig Castille and AADE President Kristy Bonner, far left.


October 2017




Scott Howard, Senior Project Drilling Engineer, with Sierra Hamilton shared a company overview, insights on Sierra Hamilton’s plans for the future and some local lore from the days of Petroleum Engineers, Inc., which got its start in Lafayette. One of the co-founders Al Bellaire joined us for the meeting and shared a few thoughts, too.

From left, AADE steering committee member Alden Sonnier; AADE President Kristy Bonner; PEI co-founder Al Bellaire; and Scott Howard of Sierra Hamilton take a snapshot after the meeting.



First Lafayette General Meeting for 2017-2018 Session was a Huge Success


A packed house attended this week’s special joint meeting with AADE and SPE ... with a very special guest - Scott A. Angelle, Director, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). Angelle offered an informative look at production and safety both being essential.


A special “surprise” guest, Louisiana Sen. Fred Mills, attended to introduce Director Angelle. Thanks to both Director Angelle and Sen. Mills for taking time out to join us at the Petroleum Club in Lafayette.


From left, SPE Chairman Marty Dymond, Director Scott Angelle, Sen. Fred Mills and AADE President Kristy Bonner pose together after the event. 




Download and enjoy your favorite recipes from this year's F5 Bon Temps event in Lafayette. Click here to download the cookbook.


Special thanks to our 2017 cookbook sponsors Foster Marketing and TriState Environmental.


We're already looking ahead to next year's event! See you there!

May 2017


Charlotte Batson, CEO of Tuscaloosa Energy Services, spoke at the May AADE Lafayette Chapter General Meeting at the Petroleum Club. We finished up the 2016-2017 session strong with Baton’s update on the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale region and other unconventional projects. Baton, a dynamic speaker and popular blogger, gave an informative talk on the rapidly changing world of oil and gas, including highlighting the tremendous amount of innovation and new practices that have been ushered in since 2014. AADE Lafayette Chapter President Kristy Bonner, left, stands with Batson, center, and AADE board member Alden Sonnier after the May meeting in Lafayette. 

LSU Spring 2017 Semester Scholarship Recipients Announced

LSU students Devin Samaha and Michael Riccobono each were selected to receive a $1,250 scholarship from the AADE Lafayette Chapter. Each year, the AADE Lafayette Chapter awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to students at UL, LSU and NSU who are pursuing degrees in petroleum-related fields. Congratulations to both Samaha and Riccobono for being selected as the 2017 spring scholarship recipients.

April 2017


Craig Castille of Stone Energy gave an interactive presentation to the AADE Lafayette Chapter in April: Pompano – Brown Field Developments – Concepts to Sanctions. The audience was presented various development scenarios and asked to rank the development options as the presentation continued. It was a very engaging and informative presentation. Following the presentation, AADE President Kristy Bonner, left, and AADE steering committee member Alden Sonnier, right, presented Castille with a special gift of appreciation.

March 2017


Special thanks to Scott McLeod of Chevron for his presentation, Chevron’s Thailand Performance Drilling - What Can Be Applied to Any Operation, which he shared this week at the Petroleum Club of Lafayette at another well-attended AADE event. McLeod spoke at the March AADE Lafayette Chapter General Meeting, sharing many thoughts on efficiency and fielding questions from the audience. It was a great presentation with takeaways applicable across many industries! McLeod, center, was presented with a gift of appreciation by AADE Lafayette Chapter President Kristy Bonner, left, and Steering Committee member Alden Sonnier.

February 2017

Lafayette, New Orleans and National Donate Funding to NSU Well Control and Drilling Simulation Lab


At the February AADE Lafayette Chapter general meeting, Nicholls State University was presented a check to assist with the purchase of four DrillSIM student stations and DrillSIM licenses, computers and monitors. AADE National, Lafayette and New Orleans chapters joined together to contribute the needed funding for the four student stations, which cost $56,272. Both Lafayette and New Orleans chapters contributed $14,068 each, with National matching these contributions.


Shown, from left, are Dr. John Griffin, Nicholls PETSM; Jeffery Svendon, AADE’s Nicholls representative; Julio Pabon, student and president of SPE student chapter; Katie Watson, student and president of AADE student chapter; Luke Huddleston, student; Michael Gautreaux, PETSM; and Derrick Daigle, AADE National representative.   

UL Spring Scholarship Honorees Named


University of Louisiana at Lafayette petroleum engineering student Kobie Renard, left, was presented with a check at February’s AADE Lafayette Chapter General by AADE UL representative Derrick Daigle. Kobie and Evan Knight (not shown) were recently named AADE’s UL spring scholarship honorees. Congratulations to both deserving students!

Packed House at February General Meeting


Jerred Clark of PetroQuest presented at the AADE Lafayette Chapter General Meeting in February at the Petroleum Club. His well-received and informative presentation on drilling challenges in East Texas packed the house. Thanks to Jerred for sharing his thoughts and insights with the AADE Lafayette Chapter membership. Jerred, center, stands with AADE Lafayette Chapter President Kristy Bonner, left, and steering committee member Alden Sonnier after the meeting.

January 2017

January AADE National Board Meeting Held in Lafayette


In January, a National AADE board meeting was held in Lafayette. National board members and chapter representatives participated in a dinner, a full day of meetings and attended the Lafayette Chapter General Meeting. The Lafayette AADE Chapter was glad for the opportunity to host this event and have representatives from multiple chapters join us for January’s discussion on the state of the industry by LOGA.

Thanks to LOGA for January Presentation


Louisiana Oil & Gas Association Director of Marketing & Membership Development Ben Broussard, right, stands with AADE Lafayette Chapter President Kristy Bonner after January's AADE General Meeting. Broussard offered an annual state-of-the-industry discussion sharing "Both Sides of the Story." January's General Meeting had a full house in attendance, with several AADE chapter representatives and National board members attending.

October 2016

October General Meeting Focuses on Going Back to Basics


Gator Johnson, center, came to discuss Chesapeake's Haynesville success at the October AADE meeting in Lafayette. It was an informative and enjoyable event! Here, he stands with AADE President Kristy Bonner, left, and First Vice President Jerred Clark. The event was well attended.

Bianca Green has been named the fall AADE scholarship recipient at Nicholls State University. She is in the Petroleum Engineering Tech Safety program and an active member of the AADE Nicholls State Student Chapter. Congratulations to Bianca!

September 2016

2016-2017 Fall UL Scholarship Honorees Named

Kobie Renard and Andrew Trosclair were recently awarded scholarships from the AADE Lafayette Chapter for the fall semester. Both are petroleum engineering students at the University of Louisiana and active members in the AADE Student Chapter. Congratulations to them both and keep up the good work! Andrew Trosclair, center, stands with AADE Treasurer Sharon Moore, left, and AADE President Kristy Bonner at the September General Meeting.

Lafayette Chapter 2016-2017 Session Off and Running

The first AADE General Meeting of the 2016-2017 Session for the Lafayette Chapter was held Sept. 19. Drilling engineer A.J. Silvia of Noble Energy offered an informative presentation on “Drilling Practices in the Eagle Ford Shale Play” to more than 70 attendees at the Petroleum Club of Lafayette. Thanks to A.J. for helping kick off the session on a great note! A.J. Silvia, center, stands with AADE Lafayette Chapter President Kristy Bonner, left, and First Vice President Jerred Clark.

May 2016

At the final AADE Lafayette Chapter General Meeting of the 2015-2016 session, Fred Brink with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) discussed the “Final Well Control Rule” and answered questions from the group. The May 16 meeting was well attended with many anxious to hear more about the new regulations that begin within the next 90 days. Brink is a petroleum engineering graduate of Louisiana State University class of 2009. He has six plus years of offshore experience working with MMS/BSEE and started his career working as a field engineer in Lafayette. During his time in the Lafayette District, he served as a drilling field engineer for two years; and in the GOM Region, he served as well operations coordinator for District Operations Support. He currently is the lead on BSEE’s Hurricane Reporting Team and serves as the chief of District Operations Support in the Gulf of Mexico Region. Brink, center, was presented a gift of appreciation following his presentation by AADE Lafayette Chapter President Alden Sonnier, right, and First Vice President Matt Hensgens, left.

April 2016

Stone Energy’s Tim Mannon discussed Deepwater Well Design from a Geological Standpoint this month at the AADE Lafayette Chapter General Meeting. Nearly 100 participants came to hear Mannon’s insightful tips.


In his presentation, he stressed that well design works best with good collaboration between engineering and geology; and, the more questions that can be asked on the front end, the better. Tim Mannon is a Deepwater Drilling Engineer/Rig Optimization Engineer.


After the presentation, Mannon, third from left, was presented with a gift of appreciation by Lafayette Chapter President Alden Sonnier, right. Here, he stands with UL Student Chapter President Garrett Carter, right, and Incoming Student Chapter President Amelia Smith, second from left.

March 2016


Jude Boudreaux, Stone Energy's quality engineer, shared valuable insights for all oil and gas service companies on delivering quality to operators. His timely topic hit home for many at this month’s AADE Lafayette Chapter General Meeting as most companies are striving to edge out the competition in today’s competitive oil and gas business climate. Special thanks to Boudreaux for sharing his experiences with the large group in attendance this month. After taking several questions from the audience, Boudreaux, center, was presented with a speaker gift by AADE Lafayette President Alden Sonnier, right, and Secretary Jarrod Suire. A crowd of nearly 100 came to hear Boudreaux’s thoughts on quality and how you can get to the next level.