Energy Minerals Division
The Energy Minerals Division (EMD) is supportive of the proposed Petroleum Structure and Geomechanics Division (PSGD). Since 1977, EMD has been a proponent of AAPG’s mission of “advancing the science” and disseminating this information to EMD and AAPG members. A 2012 Advisory Council review revealed that AAPG’s sister societies have considerably more technical divisions/interest groups covering a range of geologic, geophysical, and even engineering disciplines to meet the needs of their members. This is an area in which AAPG has clearly fallen behind, with currently only two technical divisions and one professional division.
As geoscientists, our technical backgrounds are the glue that binds us together. Fostering collaboration within our specialist disciplines drives innovation and creativity, bringing us together to work on difficult challenges and push the technological envelope to deliver new ideas. This in turn increases the generation of technical content – through publication, oral or poster presentations at conferences, Geosciences Technology Workshops (GTWs), etc, and also gains recognition for both the division and for AAPG. This further drives the discussion within the technical community and increases visibility and interest.
Some have asked about an overlap of the proposed PSGD and EMD, especially regarding geomechanics in the unconventional resources, such as shale gas and liquids. To be clear, this is not seen as a point of concern for EMD. Hydraulic fracturing is also a shared focus with the Division of Environmental Geoscience (DEG), where we have welcomed the opportunity to work together and bring various perspectives on water sourcing, handling, transport, and use during hydraulic fracturing to jointly-sponsored GTWs and the upcoming short course at the Pacific Section meeting. EMD aims to continue this collaboration with DEG, and looks forward to working with the Petroleum Structure and Geomechanics Division in the future. EMD recognizes the value the PSGD can offer, and therefore encourages the HoD to vote in favor of this new division at the annual meeting in May.