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How to become an Independent - Lance Ruffel & Joel Alberts

November 9th, 2022 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Title: “How to become an Independent”
Speaker: Lance Ruffel & Joel Alberts
Location: MidCon - 13431 Broadway Ext #115, Oklahoma City, OK 73114
Dates: November 9, 2022
Cost: $100 Members; $125 Non-members (lunch included)
20 person limit



“How to be an independent” is a one-day short course that will cover goals as an independent, how to
develop projects, selling your idea, examples of agreements and where resources can be found. Specific
techniques, with examples, will be shown. This course is designed to be in an informal setting, allowing
detailed explanation of what is needed to be an independent in the geologic business.


Author BIO: Lance Ruffel got his undergraduate degree from State University of New York at New Paltz in 1974 and traveled to the University of Oklahoma to work on his Master’s Degree in Geology.   He began his career in 1976 as a Petroleum Geologist for and independent Oil Company, John A. Taylor Oil and Gas Exploration Company. 

Lance and his colleague Jim Trepagnier established Lance Ruffel Oil & Gas Corporation in December 1983. His focus is Oklahoma geology.  His company has operated close to 2oo wells, located mostly in the “Golden Trend” (Garvin) and McClain Counties, Oklahoma, as well as around Wewoka, Oklahoma.

Lance Ruffel is a member of the Oklahoma City geological society, AAPG, SIPES and OIPA.


Joel A. Alberts is a Petroleum Geologist residing in Edmond, Oklahoma, with projects in several states, based in Edmond, Oklahoma.   A 1980 graduate from the School of Geology at the University of Kansas, he has been continually active in the petroleum business for 38 years. Currently, he is involved in exploration for oil and gas in numerous play types including both unconventional resource plays as well as conventional projects. Professional experiences consist of exploration, exploitation, operations including geo-steering and acquisitions/divestitures with both public and private companies. He is a Certified Petroleum Geologist (CPG#4122) and is licensed in both Texas and Kansas. Professional activities include: Former Advisory Committee for AAPG, former councilor for DPA of AAPG, Former HoD AAPG board member Geology Associates Advisory Board-University of Kansas, board member of Oklahoma Geological Foundation, Former chair of OCGS Field Trip Committee,S.I.P.E.S. member and several other committee positions.