Sept. 28--Companies in the oil and gas industry will meet in Sweetwater Tuesday with state and local leaders at the Nolan County Coliseum, along with whoever else wants to come to a first-of-its-kind trade show.
It starts at 10 a.m. Tuesday and ends at 3 p.m. Wednesday. There will be about 200 indoor and outdoor oil industry exhibits, including drilling rigs, a helicopter ambulance and two buildings of indoor trade show booths.
Exhibitors are coming from more than a dozen states and all of Texas' energy regions, said Sweetwater Mayor Greg Wortham, an organizer of the event. That includes a few dozen companies from Midland and Odessa, such as the well servicing company Odessa Pumps, one of the sponsors.
People living in the region anticipate a boom in coming years based on industry projections of the underlying Cline Shale, thought to contain some 30 billion barrels of recoverable oil. A goal of the oil show will help explain how the industry works to the community leaders and laymen. It's free.
"There will be a lot of things to see and get across the whole picture of what it is that we're talking about," Wortham said.
There will also be seminars about the Cline shale. Panelists will also discuss issues the various Texas shale plays share and issues that separate them. On Wednesday, speakers include George P. Bush, running for land commissioner, and keynote Christi Craddock, a Railroad Commissioner.
Wortham and other local leaders formed the Cline Shale Alliance earlier this year to begin preparing for an oil boom, addressing issues like housing. There group also created a website which, among other things, reports on oil and gas development such as weekly rig counts (most recently there were 145 in the Cline Shale region; analysts have said it's too soon to draw any conclusions from the amount of wells drilled so far, although it's a promising shale play).
Organizers of Shale Show plan to have the event in odd-numbered years to compliment rather than compete with the much larger Permian Basin International Oil Show, which takes place in Odessa.
Tony Fry, the executive director of the Permian Basin show, said the Sweetwater oil show reflected a trend of start-up trade shows throughout the state in response to its oil renaissance. Companies want to stay abreast of new techniques and technologies, he said.
"To me, it just shows the strength of the industry," Fry said.
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