Israel then and now

A 10-min interview with Israel's ministry of energy and water resources at the Offshore Technology Conference earlier this month reminded an OGJ editor of a chance meeting 4 decades earlier. The editor, then employed at a Tulsa newspaper, was assigned to attend the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association at the Shangri La Resort lodge on Grand Lake O' the Cherokees in northeastern Oklahoma. Upon entering the evening reception, the editor met a group of Oklahoma-based independent oil operators who were renewing acquaintance. "Alan," one said, "you are in the presence of the only three independent oil producers ever to drill exploratory wells in Israe...

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