Dallas AAPG Annual Meeting is behind us, and it was -- as always
-- a good opportunity to learn, catch up with old friends, share
views about the industry, find out what is going on in others' area
of interest and talk about the organization.
marks my last message as DEG president, so I would like to synthesize
what I've learned, where DEG has gone and where I think it needs
the tough message: We need more people in the industry and the profession
to acknowledge that they need DEG.
are as visible to the public in their impact on the environment
as the oil and gas exploration industry. Drilling in environmentally
sensitive areas always arouses public concern, and is often controversial
and politicized. As reserves diminish over time, exploration in
these areas will be necessary if the demand for oil is to be met.
But nothing will happen if the industry cannot show that it can
provide for environmentally sustainable exploration.
everyone in the oil and gas industry throughout the world cares
about the environment, that won't sway the public's perception of
the industry if the public does not see tangible evidence of industry's
worldwide environmental concern.
to make sure that they know is to have a strong environmental division
in AAPG and to be able to show both membership numbers and active
participation in the Division.
it was great to see all the enthusiastic faces at our booth in Dallas,
especially all the young people who displayed genuine interest.
Geology students, with whom many of us can still relate to from
our own experience in joining AAPG, have a sincere and serious attitude
toward preserving the environment -- but they also hope to have
a long-term career in geology. These goals are not mutually exclusive.
some still had no idea AAPG had an environmental division, and they
expressed a high level of enthusiasm for our journal and the information
we provide. Constant communication is a must!
I was dismayed
to encounter veterans of AAPG who were complacent about the DEG,
or members who had allowed their membership to lapse. AAPG needs
the DEG. And, those of us in the DEG, especially now, have an obligation
to ensure that the wider AAPG membership understands that. Spread
the word among your colleagues.
I hope that I have contributed to broadening this understanding
during the past year. I look forward to working with Ken Vogel,
my highly capable successor. As I pass the torch I'd like to say
that I think we have had a successful year and I hope that we have
given Ken a good foundation on which to move forward.
accomplishments this year include updating the look, feel and mechanics
behind our journal, Environmental Geosciences. Editor Gerald
Baum said it best when he was writing about the EG: " ... what a
dramatic increase in interest and submissions. I don't want to sound
metaphysical, but I sense an up-tick in DEG enthusiasm ... (we)
just need to translate that into increased membership."
had a very successful series of poster and oral sessions at the
regional and national level, particularly in Dallas but also significantly
at the Eastern Section meeting in Pittsburgh last year. I believe
the future of our division rests firmly on the peer-reviewed EG,
our public outreach through local and regional contacts, information
we publish in environmentally related topical books and, most significantly,
our Web site.
these areas where we choose to put our collective energy into will
only thrive with more active contributing members. We need more
division members now. We need you to join -- if not to be actively
involved, then to show support to our division, because it is the
right thing to do to support our profession. Environmental issues
in energy-related industries are already inextricably woven into
the process of natural resource exploration and development.
again, to everyone in our great organization -- AAPG. I thank you
for your assistance, support and encouragement over the past year.
It has been a great pleasure and privilege to serve as your DEG
cherish the memories of this past year the rest of my life.