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Monthly Meeting - "Relatively Large Mid Ramp, Highstand, Microbialite Patch and Fringing Reefs, A New Exploration Play for South Alabama" presented by Lawrence R. Baria

The Shreveport Petroleum Club, 15th floor
Cost: $20, Children 10 and under $8

We encourage members to invite guests, spouses, and friends to any of our meetings.

If you’d like a seat, kindly email or call in your reservation by the preceding Friday to John Stroud at or 318-425-0101.




After receiving a BS and MS degree from Northeast Louisiana University, where he studied stratigraphy and sandstone petrology, Baria attended LSU to work on PhD studies in stratigraphy and carbonate and sulfate diagenesis.  Early in his career he worked with Getty Oil Company’s E&P Research Lab, specializing in Cretaceous and Jurassic stratigraphy, worldwide.  Since 1980 he has been a consulting and exploration geologist active in the Central and Eastern Gulf Coast and the Middle East working primarily in the Smackover and other Mesozoic carbonates.   His interests revolve around the relation between sedimentary petrology, the recognition of depositional environments and the interpretation of seismic stratigraphy as applied to oil and gas exploration.


Lower and middle Smackover microbialite build-ups are providing 175’ to 250’ thick porous oil reservoirs along localized flexures and paleo-bathymetric highs in a mid-ramp, upper Jurassic setting. Recent drilling and 3-D seismic acquisition in Covington, Conecuh and Escambia Counties, Alabama, has delineated a trend of excellent producing wells (400 to 1300 BOPD) developed across the mouth of the Conecuh Embayment. In this setting relatively thick Smackover intervals probably attest to increased water depths and greater accommodation space which allowed significant vertical reef build-ups in a less restrictive and possibly better environment of marine circulation than those inboard and within the embayment. 

Cumulative primary production from these reefs could lie on the order of one to three million barrels per well.  This trend occurs basin-ward of the prolific Little Cedar Creek and Brooklyn Fields which were established over the last several years. ...

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Later Event: March 16
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