Imagine this as the imaginary plot for a screenplay: A tiny rural town on an Indian Reservation sits a few miles from a large oil field. Abandoned wells are leaking hot, salty water into the town’s only drinking water source, a shallow aquifer.
The town’s residents losing their clean water supply.
Sounds like the lead-in to a Hollywood blockbuster akin to Erin Brockovich, with Big Oil one of the lead actors.
The screenplay calls for top-rank stars and will certainly portray the petroleum industry in a very negative light.
But wait – the facts on the ground challenge this over-dramatized cinematic scenario!
In the real event:
This is pretty exciting stuff, in my book – reading about the thorough, involved process and its ongoing results actually gave me goose bumps.
This is a fine example of the kind of work going on in our industry as we step up with determination to solve environmental issues associated with hydrocarbon exploration and production.
DEG is proud to claim the petroleum environmental scientist involved in leading the industry side of the successful team effort – our very own Mike Jacobs of Pioneer Natural Resources, U.S.A, who also is president-elect of DEG.
We also claim the lead U.S. Geological Survey scientist, Bruce Smith, as one of our own. Bruce, by the way, is our DEG chairman for the upcoming Denver AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition.
So as you make your plans for the Denver AAPG convention, be aware that the DEG luncheon speaker Mike Jacobs will present this award-winning “Cooperative Aquifer Restoration Project, Fort Peck Indian Reservation – A Multi-Agency Success Story.”
We hope that you will join us to learn more about the story, and watch for a detailed story on the project in an upcoming EXPLORER – or you could wait for the movie, although I predict it will have a different ending.
Here’s another reminder that DEG Committees seek your input and membership.
Please visit the DEG Web site to learn about the goals of the Environmental Geophysics, CO2 Sequestration, Geohazards, Hydrogeology, Environmental Health and Safety and Research committees.
Network with your peers and share your expertise with industry partners.
Rebecca Dodge, of Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, isfor 2008-09.
The Division of Environmental Geosciences (DEG), a division of AAPG, is concerned with increasing awareness of the environment and the petroleum industry and providing AAPG with a scientific voice in the public arena. Among its objectives are educating members about important environmental issues, supporting and encouraging research on the effects of exploration and production on the environment, and communicating scientific information to concerned governmental agencies.