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SHP VP of Community Relations receives inaugural award

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Debra Russell

Debra Russell, Signal Hill Petroleum’s (SHP) vice president of Community Relations and Real Estate Operations, was recently honored by California Independent Petroleum Association (CIPA) as the recipient of the inaugural Emma Summers Award, which is named after the “Oil Queen of California” who came to Los Angeles from Boston in 1893 to teach piano. Showing what some described as “a genius for affairs,” Summers originally invested in a half-interest in a prospective well to be drilled in LA and eventually came to own 14 wells producing 50,000 barrels a month, in
addition to managing her supplies, 40 horses, 10 wagons and a blacksmith shop.

The Emma Summers Award will be conferred annually by CIPA’s membership to a woman who, like Summers, has played a leadership role in the viability of California’s independent crude-oil and natural-gas producing industry.
“Debra embodies the entrepreneurial legacy of Emma Summers,” said CIPA Chief Executive Officer Rock Zierman. “She defined community relations for Signal Hill Petroleum at a time when company leaders knew that its growth depended on getting to know their neighbors and becoming the fabric of the community. Debra’s selfless dedication to her family, career, and community makes her the ideal recipient of the inaugural Emma Summers Award.”

Zierman presented the award to Russell at CIPA’s annual membership luncheon.

Source: SHP

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  1. Stephen T Harris, CPL on June 29th, 2018 12:02 pm

    Congrats on this award. The history of the Oil Queen of California is fascinating on many levels. She out-foxed Doheny and Canfield by acquiring about half of the City Field by 1903; then formed the “First Woman’s Oil Company;” then convinced LA Power and Light to stop using whale oil and convert to bunker fuel, which probably was the most significant event that kept the whales from going extinct; then convinced the railroads to convert to oil instead of much costlier coal, which opened up the “back-haul” abilities of the railroads to move CA’s citrus and other produce back east, opening up a huge orange industry and many other battles she won against hard-core oil male operators. Living up to her legend is quite an accomplishment indeed.

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SHP VP of Community Relations receives inaugural award