A Geosciences Technology Workshop (GTW) coming in February marks a fresh direction for AAPG.
This time, the liquid it deals with won’t be oil.
The program, “Solving Water Problems in Oil and Gas Production: New Technologies for Cost Saving and New Revenue Flows,” is scheduled Feb. 26-27 in Fort Worth, Texas. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Division of Environmental Geoscientists and the Energy Minerals Division.
“This is the first time an AAPG Geosciences Technology Workshop has focused on water, and we’re doing so because it has become a ‘make or break’ issue in many operations, especially those involving hydraulic fracturing, and also production from unconventional reservoirs,” said Susan Nash, AAPG director of education and professional development.
The GTW also is the first of the program to focus on environmental and resource play issues, Nash said.
And it also will have a community relations component, another first, as Nash will speak on building alliances and trust at the grassroots level of community and industry relationships.
“With the shale boom, all kinds of people are looking for new opportunities,” said AAPG member Dan Arthur, who has helped in planning the conference and will be among the presenters in Fort Worth (see related story).
Companies with water treatment technologies used for local governments or other industries may find attractive opportunities to apply their knowledge in exploration, he said.
Some of the “make or break” issues to be explored during the meeting include:
The GTW also will look at emerging opportunities and new regulations.
"We will have discussions by regulators about new directions and the reasons for new regulations, especially in those states with active shale plays," Nash said.
"With all the issues involved, we have no choice except strategically thinking and planning,” Arthur added. “That's what the conference is about, and all those things are key to what AAPG is.”
To register or for more information go to www.aapg.org/gtw/fortworth2013/index.cfm.