88S30593 CJM-F
  By: Sparks S.R. No. 11
         WHEREAS, Discovery Operating, Inc. of Midland is celebrating
  the 50th anniversary of its founding in 1973; and
         WHEREAS, The business was established by Don Luther Sparks
  and former Midland mayor Ernest E. Angelo Jr. to explore, find, and
  produce oil and gas; and
         WHEREAS, Today, Discovery employs more than 30 full-time
  employees, operating approximately 300 wells within 300 to 400
  miles of Midland; the company's operated production totals 14,000
  barrels of oil per day and 30,000 MCF of natural gas per day; and
         WHEREAS, Through the years, the company's leadership has
  demonstrated its commitment to the community and industry through
  community initiatives, elected office, and important roles in such
  institutions as the American Association of Drilling Engineers, the
  Independent Petroleum Association of America, the National Society
  of Petroleum Engineers, the Permian Basin Petroleum Association,
  and the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers; and
         WHEREAS, The contributions of Don and Gwyndolyn Sparks, in
  addition to those of many dedicated individuals, have grown
  Discovery into a thriving family operation, involving three
  generations of Sparks family members; and
         WHEREAS, Discovery Operating has made significant
  contributions to the Permian Basin over the course of its 50-year
  history, and it stands as an inspiring example of the success that
  can be realized by hardworking, visionary entrepreneurs in the Lone
  Star State; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the 88th Texas Legislature, 3rd
  Called Session, hereby congratulate Discovery Operating, Inc. on
  its semicentennial and extend to all those associated with the
  company sincere best wishes for continued success; and, be it
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Discovery Operating, Inc. as an expression of high
  regard by the Texas Senate.