Spotlight on Discoveries

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

It was an afternoon of standing for a lot of geologists as the 750 seats in the room were already packed for this year’s Discovery Thinking session, featuring six invited speakers sharing their personal “trek of an oil (and gas) finder.”

The session, chaired by Charles Sternbach and Ed Dolly, was the third presentation of the 100th Anniversary Committee giving the spotlight to veteran explorationists who have had an impact on the science and profession of petroleum geology.

  • John Amoruso, past AAPG president and recipient of AAPG’s inaugural Michel T. Halbouty Outstanding Leadership Award, told of his concept of a beach in East Texas’ Cotton Valley Shelf – his concept was correct and the Amoruso Field producing from the Upper Jurassic Bossier formation was the result.
  • Marv Brittenham, as new ventures team leader for EnCana Oil and Gas, used unconventional thinking to successfully tap the Haynesville shale in north Louisiana.
  • Mike Forrest spoke of his time working in collaboration with Marlan Downey and applying “bright spot” technology, which helped Shell discover many large oil and gas fields in the Gulf of Mexico during the late 1960s to the late 1980s.
  • Gregg Robertson spoke on the ideas behind the opening of new horizons in south Texas with the Cretaceous Eagle Ford shale.
  • New ideas have kept the Stella Salt Dome in Plaquemines Parish, La., in the sights of past AAPG president Dan Smith, speaking of the 70-year production ideas that has kept the area renewed.
  • Bill Zagorski talked about his success in the Marcellus Shale.

The New Orleans’ Discovery Session was taped and will be made available via Search & Discovery, AAPG’s online journal.

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