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Bill Graham

Well it may seem funny but in 1965 I was born on the way to the hospital in a 1962 Nash Ramble crossing the railroad tracks  5 minuets from the Hospital. Born Third Generation Oilfield family My Grand Father was a Mentor

to me after he retired from a 89’ fall off a triple drilling rig.  I spent time with hime on his side jobs helping him do the things he couldn’t do. We took on jobs  pouring cement/ fencing/ building barns, mechanic work, remodeling houses and trading cattle on our small farm in Oregon. My Career started out  very young moving thousands of chickens on weekends and summers ( filthy job but paid2x minimum wage  and long hours). I took up following my father whom was a mechanic learning to hold a drop light at 5 and passing  tools ( I soon learned that i wanted this to stay as a hobby) At Age 15 i worked building large steel buildings and canneries ( crazy you would go to jail today) I  worked 1 year at a machine shop during my senior year  doing light machine work and valve repair. After high school i  started working for the Mobil Bulk plant jobbing fuel for rigs and eventually getting my class one and hauling truck and trailer loads of fuel from the refineries to stations and the bulk plant. I did some moonlighting on the weekends for Mid-cal rig company and soon learned i could make more money . In late 1984 I  went to work at Western Well service  then came the slow down in 1985, I left there for 1 year and partnered in Trio Petroleum  running a rig / abandonments and doing maintenance. In 1986 I went back to western Well working on MH Whittier rigs

then landing a company job late1987. I  moved up fast learning multiple A-Z jobs within MHW  such as backhoes, welding, vacuum trucks, generator repair, treater repairs and worker  drilling from 9 27/87 to 4/1/1998 as we were acquired from Seneca Resources  my duties stared at NMWSS as a rig supervisor / afternoon mechanic. In 2001 I moved to Lost Hills as a lease Foreman  duties included Rigs, Work-overs, Steam , water plants, Water floods and Surface and downhole chemical corrosion. In 2010 i moved to West coast Technical Supervisor asa state wide drilling/ workers/ abandonments/fracking/ Unit optimization/well designs and other duties was steam management as well as training incoming engineers ( often  filling in as engineering rolls during vacancies) In 7/1/2022 Seneca was purchased by Sentinel peak resources and on 6/24/23 Sentinel was downsizing and eliminated my position and made my decision for me to  finally retire. During my Career i was able as a single father raise my girls coach as a walk on wresting coach at various high schools , summer programs at BC , and chartering my own travel teams from 1983-2011. So as for now I’m happy no longer working those 12-18 hrs days and going to try to pass on what my grandfather did as a mentor to my grandkids.

Left Bill Graham; Right Jeff Hanson


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