Rick Tallini - Operation Advisor - Oil & Gas Well Shooting Expert
Mr. Tallini had a successful career with the US Air Force as a Weapons and Munitions Specialist between 1967 and 1971. After leaving the Military, he attended Lowell Mass University where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Electric Engineering in 1974.
After graduation Mr. Tallini began his career with Hercules Powder Company, a Division of Hercules Inc., as an Explosives Sales Representative. He moved to Harrison Explosives Inc. in 1976 as Vice President in charge of Technical Explosives Jet Tappers for the United States and of Technical Sales to Open Hearth Furnaces involved in high temperature blasting services.
In 1984 Mr. Tallini acquired and became President of both Otto Cupler Torpedo Co. and Otto Torpedo Co., the oldest oil well service Companies in the US, which he built into a successful operation servicing wells in Pennsylvania and several other surrounding States. Tallini also serves as a course instructor for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) performing blaster training. In addition, he operates over 50 producing oil wells is actively reworking new fields.
He is, in the words of the Drake Dell Museum’s administrator Barbara T. Zolli, “detonator extraordinaire” and “one of the last of the real well shooters.” Today, Mr. Tallini and Otto Cupler Torpedo Company continue shooting wells, using modern explosives with rigorous safety procedures. Mr. Tallini’s historic company maintains a museum on Dottyville Road in East Titusville which preserves for future generations the remarkable artifacts and documents from more than 100 years of nitroglycerin in the oilfields.
In his capacity with Drake he brings his years of experience in reworking wells and using special formulated methods to enhance oil recovery.
Mr. Chris S. Repasky - Field Operator Manager
Mr. Chris Repasky has been a field operator in North West Pennsylvania for 25 years. He currently operates 50 of his own oil wells in addition to owning a water transportation business which serves the local Marcellus Shale gas boom.
Mr. Repasky has extensive knowledge in the field operations of wells. He represents the third generation of oil field operators. He is locally noted for his expertise in all aspects of the Oil & Gas business; Lease and Well development, Safety and Hazmat, Drilling, and Plugging of wells. Mr. Repasky has also worked in a variety of positions within the oil industry for the past 30 years. Some of those positions include, but are not limited to, the following : Cable Tool Rig Operator, Drill Rig Operator, Supervise Deep Well Drilling Crew, Fracking & Shooting Wells, Lease Operations Manager, Operation and maintenance of oil fields and their equipment.
Mr. Repaski will service Drake as field operator responsible for pumping, reworking and developing new wells in field to improve production.