Rocky Mountain Section
Having recently attended the Annual Leadership Days in Boulder, Colorado, I am very optimistic regarding the future of AAPG. I was fortunate enough to have interaction with several of our Young Professionals and am pumped by their enthusiasm. They bring a fresh attitude and are prepared for whatever the future brings. The Rocky Mountain Section will do its best to foster and encourage the spirit of the YPs.
The Rocky Mountain Section (RMS) Annual Meeting for 2011 was held in Cheyenne and hosted by the Wyoming Geological Association. It was a major success that revolved around a plenary session on the Upper Cretaceous Niobrara formation, a play that is receiving much current attention. It has a strong component of liquids associated with gas, making it very attractive in today’s economic picture and its regional extent has yet to be determined.
Next year’s meeting is a first for the RMS. It will be held in Grand Junction, Colorado for the first time ever and hosted by the Grand Junction Geological Society. The theme is “Vintage Geology, Perfectly Aged” and will be held on September 9-12, a week prior to the annual Colorado Mountain Winefest. The area is surrounded by production of oil, gas, uranium, coal, and has potential reserves of oil shale, tar sands, evaporites, and geothermal energy. Renewables, including solar and wind, abound as well. As one of our members said “we have it all”.
A goal and challenge for this coming year is to submit a candidate for the Teacher of the Year Award and hopefully win as we have done in 6 of the last 11 years. I am confident that a number of very exceptional educators will be nominated by several of our 11 Affiliated Societies. Another area in which the RMS has excelled is participation in the Imperial Barrel Award where our competitors have grown from just two schools to seven this past year.