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Many people contributed to this book by sharing their knowledge, either teaching us or allowing us to learn by observation. Others took a keen interest in this project, and freely lent their expertise. It is impossible to thank each one by name, but there are some groups and specific people that deserve individual mention. Larry Clynch, Richard Tennille, and Nick Mavris were early teachers and mentors for one of us at Continental Pipe Line Company.
When we started this book, we did not intend to have a chapter on chemical pipeline operations, but Paul Davis volunteered to write the chapter for us. He helped us understand the critical nature of the lighter hydrocarbons, and deserves early mention among those helping with the book. We wrote chapter 3 first because it established the basic knowledge for the rest of the book.
Butch Kincaid, Ross Sinclair, Larry Hoelscher, Dwayne Burton, Ron Hales, Tim Roehrick, and Albert Horelica, Jr. each took the time to patiently explain to persons with mostly oily experience the mysteries of natural gas operations. That included several control room visits and a tour through Albert’s spotlessly clean compressor station, where his father had worked before him. John Bartos and Rick Ykema added in-depth knowledge to compressors and compressor operations for chapter 11.