AAPG Event Houston Texas United States 04 April, 2017 8:30 AM 12:00 PM 28 November, 2016
AAPG Event Houston Texas United States 04 April, 2017 Conventions, Forums and Special Sessions 1:15 PM 5:05 PM 16 November, 2016
Houston, Texas, United States
4 April 2017, 1:15 PM - 5:05 PM

This forum, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, addresses the future challenges of the oil and gas industry to supply the world’s increasing energy needs without compromising global environmental concerns with continued use of fossil fuels. A diverse panel of distinguished speakers will engage in a sobering discussion of the global challenges in transitioning to low carbon energy future.

Speakers Include:

Steven E. Koonin, Professor of Information and Director, NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress, New York University, New York, NY
• Topic: Global Population, Energy Demand, and Future Technology

Cindy Yeilding, Senior Vice President, BP America, Houston, TX
• Topic: Global Petroleum Resources and Transportation Fuel Options

Mark A. Snell, President of Sempra Energy, San Diego, CA
• Topic: The Global Power Fuel Mix and the Carbon Transition

Jesse H. Ausubel, Director of the Program for the Human Environment and Senior Research Associate, Rockefeller University, New York, NY
• Topic: Atmosphere, Air, Land, Water, and Energy Density

Kenneth B. Medlock III, Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, Houston, TX
• Topic: Energy Diversity, Carbon Tax, and Economic Realities

Scott W. Tinker, Director, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
• Topic: Global Energy Security and Poverty>

Moderated Panel discussion Follows talks

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AAPG Event Houston Texas United States 05 April, 2017 Conventions, Forums and Special Sessions 8:00 AM 11:50 AM 16 November, 2016
Houston, Texas, United States
5 April 2017

This forum addresses practical aspects of how the fossil fuel industry should operate in the coming decades based on two key assumptions/ goals. First, availability to energy increases prosperity and well-being of the population as a whole and our industry should strive to furnish it. The second is that policies that restrict any manner of alteration to local or global environments are likely to become more prevalent as technology allows both more detailed measurements and various media allow dissemination of both information and disinformation.

Aspects to be addressed are among the following:

  • What regulatory or economic incentives (e.g., a tax on carbon) would be best for our industry to allow it to both supply the needed energy and to be seen as a positive, creative industry by the public?
  • How should the energy industry prepare its infrastructure for the managing risk better, be it in hazardous environments, in response to weather related accidents, aggradation of cumulative effects, etc.
  • How can our industry better transfer knowledge and best practices between generations and from where will we develop the next generation of skill workers?
  • How do corporations and regulators “bake in” Best Practices for technologies and plays that have not even been imagined.
  • Finally, how can we change public perceptions to view the fossil fuel industry as part of the solution and not just the problem?

Creating a Social Contract to Operate – A Necessity in the Post COP 21 World: Daniel D. Domeracki, Vice President, Government and Industry Relations, Schlumberger Limited

Sub-Surface Injection of Fluids and Induced Seismicity Best Practices: Dr. Jeremy Boak – University of Oklahoma and State Geologist of Oklahoma

Future Best Practices in the Deep Water Offshore: C. R. (Charlie) Williams II, Executive Director, Center for Offshore Safety and Chief Scientist – Well Engineering and Production Technology, Shell

Mitigating Methane Emissions: The Role of Science, Data Transparency and Innovative Technology: David Lyon, Ph.D., Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund, Austin, Texas

Building Social Acceptance and Trust at the Community and National Levels: Alan J. Krupnick, Senior Fellow and Co-Director, Resources for the Future, Center for Energy and Climate Economics, Washington D.C.

Working Together, We Can Have the Energy We Need, the Economy We Want and the Environment We Value: Susan Cunningham, Executive Vice President, Noble Energy

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AAPG Event Houston Texas United States 05 April, 2017 Conventions, Luncheons 02 April, 2017 05 April, 2017 11:30 AM 1:00 PM 28 November, 2016
Houston, Texas, United States
5 April 2017

Speaker: Bridget R. Scanlon, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin

Bridget Scanlon is a Senior Research Scientistat the Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas atAustin. Her degrees are in Geology with a focuson hydrogeology with a B.A. Mod. from Trinity College, Dublin (1980); M.Sc. from the University of Alabama (1983) and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky (1985). She has worked at the University of Texas since 1987. Her current research focuses on the interdependence of water and energy, focusing on water quantity aspects. Her group evaluated water use for hydraulic fracturing for shale oil and gas extraction relative to water use in electricity generation. Their recent work focuses on oil plays in semiarid regions where water scarcity is a concern. She also works on broader issues related to water resources within the context of climate extremes using ground-based and satellite data. With increasing unconventional oil and gas production, accounting for about 50% of total U.S. production, it is important to understand various water risks related to sourcing of water to implement hydraulic fracturing and disposal of produced water that is generated with oil and gas production.

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