Response to Proposed New Division
AAPG was approached last year by a group of geologists who requested formal AAPG recognition. These geoscientists are the “Petroleum Structure and Geomechanics Group” (PSGG). They have met informally since around 1996 at the AAPG Annual Meeting. You might recall the November 2009 theme issue of the AAPG Bulletin, “Occurrence and Significance of Fractures in Reservoirs.” That issue was the result of a Hedberg Conference put together by members of the PSGG.
The PSGG desires formal recognition from AAPG in order to grow and continue as a science content provider for AAPG. They want to hold Hedberg Research Conferences and Geosciences Technology Workshops, publish papers and books, teach short courses and lead field trips.
As proposed, the new Division will not represent a significant financial cost to AAPG, but as is the case with the other divisions, funding will come from AAPG along with the expectation that the new Division will generate technical products that will be marketable and help return a significant percentage of any cost incurred, while furthering our science.
The broader intent of this measure is to focus the diverse technical communities within AAPG toward generating scientific product for the advancement of our science and in direct support of our members’ needs for new ideas and concepts toward finding more oil and gas.
After examining AAPG’s Bylaws, we have concluded that the best way to bring PSGG into AAPG would be as a new Division. The PSGG proposes to have a chair and vice chair. They will propose an annual budget subject to approval by the AAPG Executive Committee and will work within the present AAPG structure to accomplish goals that advance our science. In February 2013, the AAPG Executive Committee approved the request by PSGG to become a new Division of AAPG. The proposed new Division is part of an ongoing effort to more directly link AAPG’s activities to our primary goals and directives. The EC endorses the new Division as well as the concept of potential additional divisions to better serve the diverse technical interests of our membership. This approach is consistent with most other major geoscience organizations globally where the number of technical divisions may exceed 10-20, although we do not envision so many Divisions within AAPG. The measure is subject to a vote of the AAPG House of Delegates, but no change in AAPG’s Bylaws is required to form the new PSGG Division.
We strongly encourage the members of the House of Delegates to vote in favor of adding the PSGG as a new Division of AAPG.