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The latest news and views from around the world, with a focus on the topics that matter most to AAPG members.

Energy Policy Blog

Formerly known as the "GeoDC Blog." Dedicated to where the energy geosciences, public policy, politics, and business meet—both in the United States and abroad.

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In June 2015, EPA released a draft assessment of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing (HF) for oil and gas on drinking water resources. This draft assessment was then presented to EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) to provide scientific feedback to EPA administrator Gina McCarthy.

Events Blog

This is your source for learning about the opportunities, trends and people shaping AAPG's conferences and conventions. From ACE to ICE, APPEX to Geo, Conventions Marketing Manager Samantha Knowlton brings you the latest events news. You'll also hear from event committee members serving as guest bloggers.

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Presented by two of the world's largest and leading scientific organizations, AAPG and SEG, ICE 2016 returns to Latin America — this time to beautiful Cancun, Mexico, with host societies the Mexican Association of Exploration Geophysicists (AMGE), the Mexican Association of Petroleum Geologists (AMGP) and AAPG Latin America Region.

Learn! Blog

Dr. Susan Nash, AAPG’s Director of Education and Professional Development, shares the new territory she’s introducting to AAPG with courses and dynamic new workshops. She is also planning more interactive, Web 2.0 offerings. So, give her your input about the best and worst of the wild and woolly world of webinars, Web-based training, and open courseware.

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It is important for geologists to be polished and dynamic technical presenters, and Dr. David Pelton is committed to helping everyone achieve that goal by develop a series of four video tutorials for AAPG. Welcome to an interview with David Pelton, who shares tips and lessons learned in helping individuals engage audiences and be extremely effective communicators and presenters. At the end of the interview, you will see links to the four video tutorials. 

Student Outlook

News and discussion geared toward AAPG’s Student Chapters and their members, maintained by Mike Mlynek, AAPG Student Affairs Coordinator.

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Active U.S. military service members (including National Guard and Reserve) or veteran members are encouraged to apply for an AAPG Foundation scholarship of up to $4,000. Application deadline is 11:5 (CST), April 15, 2016.

wwwUpdate Blog

News, updates, and commentary from all corners of AAPG’s Web world. Web Producer Bogdan Michka keeps you up to date on what’s new and exciting around aapg.org and its subsites, with input from AAPG HQ staff including Datapages, GIS-UDRIL, Information Technology and more.

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Are you an Earth scientist who wants to help educate young people about the field, but you're just not sure how to start? Check out "Visiting Geoscientists: An Outreach Guide for Geoscience Professionals," a handbook co-produced by AGI and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists' Youth Education Activities Committee.

Foundation Update

News and announcements from the AAPG Foundation, brought to you by April Stuart.

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Do you know a college or university professor who is setting a gold standard in earth science education? Nominate him or her today for an opportunity to be acknowledged for his or her efforts.

EMD Blog

Stay up-to-date on EMD news, announcements and events. EMD supports technical program sessions at several of AAPG's meetings including the annual meeting, international meetings and section or region meetings.

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The results are in for Energy Minerals Division 2016-17 officer election.

DEG Blog

Stay up-to-date on DEG news, announcements and events. DEG supports technical program sessions at several of AAPG's meetings including the annual meeting, international meetings and section or region meetings. Often, DEG members hear of symposia and workshops of interest to the DEG membership. These are included in this blog.

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The results are in for Division of Environmental Geosciences 2016-17 officer election.

Africa Blog

News and announcements from the Lagos office of the AAPG Africa Region, brought to you by Delia Kuye and friends.

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PowerPoint slides presented by David Blanchard, Past President Africa Region (2014-2016), at the All-Member Meeting which took place on 21st of June during ACE 2016 in Calgary, Alberta.

Asia Pacific Blog

News and announcements from the Singapore office of the AAPG Asia Pacific Region, brought to you by Adrienne Pereira and friends.

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On 29 June 2016, the AAPG YP Chapter Kuala Lumpur organized a technical talk entitled “How to Save a Generation of Geoscientists”. We were grateful to have Mr Herman Darman (then from Shell International Exploration & Production) to volunteer his time in KL to give a technical talk to our members.

Canada Blog

News and announcements from the AAPG Canada Region, brought to you by AAPG Headquarters staff.

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The AAPG DPA Playmaker Forum debuted in Canada on March 31 through collaboration among AAPG, the AAPG Division of Professional Affairs and the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG).

Europe Blog

News and announcements from the AAPG Europe Region, brought to you by the London Office staff.

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ExxonMobil has been exploring in the Romanian sector of the Black Sea since 2008, with our partner, OMV Petrom. After acquisition of a 3D seismic survey in 2009, we drilled the Domino-1 gas discovery in 2012. This was the first deepwater discovery anywhere in the Black Sea. This discovery was followed by acquisiiton of a second 3D survey, the largest that had ever been acquired in the Black Sea at that time. The results of the first well and both 3D surveys were then used to plan an extensive drilling program to appraise the Domino discovery and conduct further exploration in the block.

Latin America Blog

News and announcements from the Bogota office of the AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region, brought to you by Emily Smith Llinás and friends.

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The 2016 semifinal participants included Universidad Simón Bolíviar and Universidad Central de Venezuela, both from Caracas, Venezuela; Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, from Lima, Peru; and University of the West Indies, from St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago.

Middle East Blog

News and announcements from the AAPG Middle East Region, brought to you by the Dubai Office staff.

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The unprecedented success of Unconventional Plays in North America has triggered global interest in exploring these tight reservoirs in various basins of the world. As operators aggressively pursuing exploration and development of unconventional plays new challenges have emerged as a result of these activities.