Division of Environmental Geosciences
The Division of Environmental Geosciences (DEG) recently celebrated its 20th anniversary during the Pittsburgh ACE. In 1993, as a charter member, I remember the excitement as the DEG registered its first members in the AAPG area of the exhibits hall. In the few short years following DEG grew to be the largest division within the AAPG, but we have recently struggled to keep our numbers high. I believe we are victims of our own success.
All geologists are environmentalists just as we are all oil and gas geologists. The DEG was formed to provide the AAPG with an expanded environmental outreach and to provide an intellectual outlet to our members more directly involved in the environmental side of oil and gas exploration. During these last 20 years we have had great success in helping our industry incorporate the best environmental concepts and concerns into our routine work processes. However, as exploration paradigms change and technology expands, public awareness increases and new environmental challenges and concerns emerge. The mission of the DEG may be greater now than ever before.
The DEG must grow, and the House of Delegates is critical to our success. First, we need your membership in the DEG, so please join. Second, we need your leadership and support. Promote the DEG as the environmental face of the AAPG. We will step up and do you proud! Finally, in all of our AAPG activities, think environmentally and look for ways in which the DEG can expand the vision of the organization. We are here to serve.