AAPG Advisory Council
The AAPG Advisory Council has been charged by President Dave Rensink with examining and updating the AAPG Strategic Plan; including the assumptions that are part of that plan and that in fact underpin the goals and conclusions of the plan. Discussions during the recent HoD mid-year meeting addressed some of those assumptions and added to them. Questions pertinent to the AAPG Strategic Plan and to the future of the AAPG organization in general included:
- Will oil and gas continue to be used primarily for energy or will alternative forms of energy become economically viable leaving hydrocarbons valuable primarily as petrochemical feedstock? If the latter, how would that affect AAPG?
- Will industry continue to consolidate to local areas such as Houston, Calgary, Denver, and Kuala Lumpur?
- Could Chinese membership grow to the point where it would constitute a 7th region?
- How do we best integrate large international membership groups with different cultural and corporate philosophies and values into our existing AAPG system?
- What company affiliations will AAPG leadership have in the future? (At present, majors are well represented in the general AAPG membership, but by a pitifully small percentage of the AAPG leadership.)
- What will be the effect of the fact that NOCs control 93% of the world’s reserves? Will the IOCs basically become service companies to the NOCs and if so how will this affect AAPG membership and leadership?
These are some of the questions which came up during the HoD meeting, and that will be considered by the AC as we work towards revising the AAPG Strategic Plan.