Bear Petroleum, LLC
How long have you been a member of NSWA?
Richard "Dick" Schremmer has been the chairman of the National Stripper Well Association since April 2020. He has been a member of NSWA since 1996 and on the board of directors since 2018. With over 50 years in the oil industry, Dick has seen, experienced and worked-through many ups and downs.
When did you begin your career in the oil industry?
His oil field career started while he was in high school. In 1970, at the age of 15, he went to work for Chase Tank Service cleaning out the bottoms of oil tanks and other prestigious jobs.
After graduating high school in 1972, he decided to get an education rather than go to school and he took a job with Kewanee Oil Company. Oil was still $3.00 per barrel and he was only the 2nd man the company had hired in 18 years.
Tell us about your company.
In 1985 Gulf Oil was purchased by Chevron USA and Schremmer struck out on his own forming Bear Petroleum. 35 years later the company operates 531 wells in Kansas.
In 1988, Dick also acquired Gressel Oil Field Service, a 2 rig well servicing company in Burrton, KS. The company has expanded to a full-service company with locations in Burrton, Great Bend, Hays, and Haysville. Services include well service rigs, supply stores, acid and cement services, down hole tools, wireline, tank trucks, propane, roustabout, and electrical services.
Have you been a part of other associations or non-profits?
He has served as President of the Wichita Petroleum Club, Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association, and Association of Energy Service Companies out of Houston, TX. He currently serves on the board of KIOGA, AESC, Kansas Oil and Gas Resources Fund (better known as Kansas Strong), and National Stripper Well Association. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Liaison Committee of the Cooperating Oil and Gas Associations.
Memberships include KIOGA, EKOGA, NSWA, DEPA, IPAA, API and 4th degree Knights of Columbus. The Meritorious Service to the Association Award 1993 from the Independent Petroleum Association of America. Awarded the National Stripper Well Association Distinguished Leader Award 2014. Awarded the Golden Rod Wrench Award from the AESC in 2017. Awarded KIOGA Legend of the Industry Award 2017. Barber County Conservation District Grasslands Award 2018. 18 year volunteer at The Lord's Diner. Inducted into the Kansas Oil & Gas Hall of Fame in 2020.