CIPA's importance seen growing as California property base changes

While California conjures up the image of a perpetual battleground for oil and gas producers, there are, nevertheless, "opportunities in that turmoil," says Larry Bates, the new chairman of the California Independent Petroleum Association. Larry Bates, CIPA ChairmanClick here to enlarge imageBates, who took office at the group's annual meeting in Dana Point, Calif., last month, is the first chairman of CIPA to be based outside California. As general manager of domestic production operations for Vintage Petroleum Inc., he continues to maintain his home office in Vintage's Tulsa headquarters-under a company standard that all professional personnel remain in Tulsa rather than in fie...

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