Energy Minerals Division
It is an exciting time to be a member of EMD, as unconventionals continue to grow in the Americas, and are beginning to take off in the international regions of AAPG. This year’s EMD activity focused on increased participation by our leadership, enhanced communication and collaboration between the existing AAPG divisions, and increased participation in AAPG technical meetings. EMD welcomes the addition of a fourth technical Division to AAPG, and looks forward to working proactively with the newly approved Petroleum Structure and Geomechanics Division (PSGD).
This was also a prolific year for EMD publications, with the release of three Memoirs/Studies in Geology and an update and compliment to the 1998 Coal Atlas. Additionally, the recent annual meeting in Pittsburgh had a full slate of offerings; with EMD sponsorship of seven oral sessions, five poster sessions, three field trips, and two short courses. Personally, it was a great pleasure to welcome old friends and colleagues to Pittsburgh, make new contacts, and to serve both HoD and EMD during the meeting.
Building strong relationships among the Divisions was a clear priority between the presidents of EMD, DEG, and DPA this year. I met with Tom Temples and Charles Sternbach at the 2012 ACE in Long Beach, and we maintained regular contact throughout our terms to improve inter-Division communications and to proactively co-sponsor several technical offerings, such as Geosciences Technology Workshops and short courses. We also attended the AAPG GEO-DC Congressional Visit in April, where we received briefings about current legislative and regulatory events, and had the opportunity to meet with federal agencies and policy makers and their staff in Congress.
It always surprises me that there are AAPG members who are not aware of all the great benefits that the Association has to offer. The divisions are a great value to our members, and bring many of the top-attended and later-talked-about sessions to the annual conferences. The divisions also host pre- and post-meeting field trips and short courses. All of this effort is coordinated by EMD, DEG and DPA members who are passionate about what they do, and who stand at the ready to give back to their profession. EMD membership is complimentary to all AAPG members, and I invite you to join and benefit from all our technical community has to offer.