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OK Stngr12, I am listening to what you say. Simmons has a good image in all those journals. Maybe it's me that has a problem, but I have heard some things which cause me to have doubts. And my sources are from professionals in the reservoir engineering field.

One of those rumors which has not been said directly, is that Ghawar is a damaged field in the same way as another large one in Oman. That is not a fully true statement, I have been reading between the lines trying to figure out who is saying or implying things like this. Of course with rumors they have a life of their own. It would *dovetail* with anyone in the gloom-and-doom industry (not that I am insisting that is Simmons' position).

It remains true that Simmons had enough stature to be considered for a major petroleum reserves conference. It also remains true that he is well outside the opinion of the majority of professionals, and that hostility exists between him and the Saudi Royal Family. I will endeavor to keep my eyes, ears, and mind open for further information.

I would totally agree the world would be better served by more disclosure of information out of Saudi Arabia. They are egregrious offendors in that respect.

Best wishes -- C44
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