Capex budgets are being pared drastically, including those for Haynesville-targeted wells. But an SPE-BD Study Group* event in Houston this Nov. 19 is not lacking in interested intelligence-gatherers and sight-seers. The SPE group is hosting Steve Herod, executive vice president, corporate development, for Haynesville-weighted Petrohawk Energy Corp. and veteran E&P analyst Dan Pickering of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Securities Inc. The program was set up for up to 175 attendees at the regular downtown Four Seasons venue. As it sold out, the SPE group arranged for larger accommodations--up to 300 -- and reopened registration this Wednesday. Stay tuned for Herod and Pickering's comments. * Society of Petroleum Engineers, Business Development Study Group (go to http://www.spegcs.org/en/cev/?1400)

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