Lafayette Chapter News

December 2019


Twice the Information at the AADE/SPE Event

AADE and SPE joined in December to offer insights from BSEE and Fieldwood Energy. Patrick Eiland with Fieldwood Energy and Jason Mathews with BSEE shared updates and information in December with a full house in attendance. AADE President Jude Boudreaux, Patrick Eiland, Jason Mathews and SPE Chair David Boucher pose after the meeting. Special thanks to both speakers for presenting!

Supporting IADC WellSharp Certification at UL

The Lafayette AADE Chapter presented a $750 check in December to Randy Andres with UL's Petroleum Engineering Department to support students earning IADC WellSharp accreditation. A UL Lafayette Petroleum Engineering Fall 2019 IADC WellSharp certification class was held finals week. A check was presented to Andres by AADE President Jude Boudreaux, Treasurer Sharon Moore, universities chair Rick Voth and VP Bryan Leger.


November 2019

Two UL Scholarships Awarded


Congrats to our two UL scholarship honorees, Kassie Comeaux and Radiat Ibrahim.  At our November meeting, they were presented checks by AADE officers Bryan Leger, Sharon Moore, Jude Boudreaux and Jordan Woods.  Keep up the great work, ladies!

Author Steffy Presents at November Meeting


Great presentation this week by author Loren C. Steffy in a special meeting by AADE, SPE and LGS titled: 'George P. Mitchell: Fracking, Sustainability, and an Unorthodox Quest to Save the Planet'


Thanks to our speaker and all who attended!

October 2019


Talos Featured at October General Meeting


Special thanks to Tahanie Thibodeaux of Talos Energy for presenting today at the AADE Lafayette Chapter General Meeting. He offered many insights on Talos, using data in decision-making and the great crew change.


It was a great turnout on a rainy Monday in Lafayette! 

Donation Made to Nicholls State


The Lafayette Chapter AADE has awarded $3,000 to Nicholls State University to help fund a Well Control and Mud Lab assistant. 


John M Griffin, PhD, PE, was presented a check by AADE Treasurer Sharon Moore and posed with AADE President Jude Boudreaux, Steering/universities committee members Jeffery Svendson and Rick Voth after the meeting. 

September 2019


AADE Golf Classic Recap


The 2019 AADE Golf Classic was held September 6 at The Wetlands in Lafayette. This was a great day for a worthwhile cause! Thanks to all our teams, sponsors and the golf committee! See you next year!

September Meeting with AADE & SPE 


A special thanks to Warren Hubler for presenting this week at the AADE/SPE event in Lafayette. He offered a thought-provoking discussion on safety and how to bring about change in our industry.


Hubler, center, poses with AADE President Jude Boudreaux, left, and SPE President David Boucher following the meeting.

Rick Voth Award Meritorious Service Honor 


Longtime AADE supporter and board member Rick Voth was awarded the Meritorious Service Award at the September Lafayette Chapter General Meeting. The award was presented by AADE President Jude Boudreaux, left, and steering committee member Kristy Bonner, right, in recognition of Rick's commitment to AADE.


Rick is currently a steering committee member and chair of the Lafayette Chapter universities and scholarship committee.


Congratulations to Rick Voth and a huge thank you for his continued efforts!

Passing of the Gavel 


Former AADE President Kristy Bonner was presented with a special gavel at the September AADE Lafayette Chapter meeting by current AADE President Jude Boudreaux, left.


Bonner served as Lafayette Chapter president for three sessions and currently serves on the steering committee.


She poses with Boudreaux and steering committee member Rick Voth following the meeting.

June 2019

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The 2019-2020 Lafayette Chapter of the American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE) board is made up of representatives from area oil and gas companies. This year’s officers and committee members are, front row, from left: Jordan Woods, second vice president, Sierra-Hamilton Engineering, Inc.; Bryan Leger, first vice president, Premium Oilfield Services; Jude Boudreaux, president, Offshore Energy Services, Inc.; Scott Boudreaux, secretary, Intracoastal Liquid Mud, Inc.; Sharon Moore, treasurer, Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.; and Rick Farmer, Lafayette steering committee member and national AADE vice president, Beacon Offshore Energy. Back row, from left, Jeffery Svendson, steering committee member, Advanced Logistics, LLC; Rick Voth, steering committee member, Blackhawk Specialty Tools, LLC; Alden Sonnier, steering committee member, Francis Energy Services; and Kristy Bonner, steering committee member, Foster Marketing.

May 2019

A special thank you to Roy Ledgerwood for presenting an informative discussion on Solving the Mystery of Low ROP in Deep Wells. This was a joint meeting held in May with SPE and was well attended. Ledgerwood, third from left, poses with AADE President Kristy Bonner, left; SPE Vice Chairperson - Programs Lillian Espinoza'Gala, second from left; and SPE Section Chairperson David Boucher, right, following the meeting.

Rick Farmer Presented Meritorious Service Award


AADE Steering Committee member Rick Farmer was presented the AADE Meritorious Service Award in May. Rick was nominated for this award by both the Lafayette and New Orleans Chapters and it was approved by National for his long-time service and commitment. In the presentation, Rick’s dedication to promoting AADE as well as supporting student and educational efforts was noted. National Executive Director and New Orleans Chapter member Bob Vaughn attended the Lafayette meeting to help present this honor. Congratulations to Rick on this much-deserved honor. Shown with Rick, center, after the presentation are, from left, AADE Lafayette Chapter President Kristy Bonner, Patsy Farmer and AADE National Executive Director Bob Vaughn.

April 2019


Congressman Clay Higgins addressed a full house at the April AADE General Meeting at the Petroleum Club in Lafayette. Special thanks to Higgins for taking the time to speak to our group on Drilling Towards Louisiana’s Future and for providing an engaging and entertaining take on the challenges the oil and gas industry in Louisiana is facing.


Following the meeting, Higgins, center, posed with AADE steering committee member Alden Sonnier, from left; AADE President Kristy Bonner, second from left; AADE Vice President Jude Boudreaux, second from right; and AADE steering committee member Rick Voth, far right.

March 2019


Special thanks for Lawrence Svendson for presenting at the March AADE General Meeting in Lafayette. Svendson is the Principle Engineer of Key Energy Resources, LLC, a company he founded in 2004 which seeks to advise in business development opportunities and acquisitions and holds non-operated working interest investments in oil and gas properties. Svendson touched on business development and obstacles facing those in the oil and gas industry in his presentation, as well as sharing some opportunities and trends ahead. It was a well-attended event that offered several key insights for those in the oil and gas sector.


Following the presentation, Lawrence Svendson, second for right, posed with AADE VP Jude Boudreaux, left; AADE President Kristy Bonner; and AADE Steering Committee member Jeffery Svendson, right.

February 2019


Special thanks to Craig Castille, Managing Director of HWCG, for presenting at the February AADE Lafayette Chapter General meeting on HWCG’s Well Containment Capabilities. It was a great presentation and well attended!

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UL scholarship recipient Evan Knight was presented a check at the February AADE General Meeting on behalf of the Lafayette Chapter. He is set to graduate in December of this year. Congratulations to Evan, and we wish him much success!


Evan Knight, center, stands with AADE steering committee member Jeffery Svendson, left, and direct emeritus Al Wambsgans.

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.