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AAPG is pleased to provide an excellent resource for those looking to change major medical insurance strategies during 2016.
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Explorer Director’s Corner


This issue of EXPLORER has focused on exploration innovation. Our stories covered new technologies that help you better find oil and natural gas, and we discussed new ways of thinking, looking for new approaches to age-old problems. I’d like to close this month spending a few moments talking about personal reinvention – a type of innovation that each of us should be engaged in during these tumultuous times in our industry.

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Explorer Division Column EMD


Natural gas hydrate (NGH), a crystalline compound of water and natural gas, has been recognized as a vast potential energy resource for over two decades, but its commerciality has persistently remained beyond the horizon due to technical and economic hurdles.

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Explorer Foundation Update

More than 60 AAPG Foundation Trustee Associates and their guests traveled to Colorado Springs recently for the 38th annual Trustee Associates meeting, which mixed business, networking and relaxation.
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Explorer Geophysical Corner


The often-volatile outcome of exploration investment decisions is tightly linked to the level of uncertainty in the geological interpretation and associated value assessment. In order to evaluate subsurface opportunities, information is needed.

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Explorer Historical Highlight


As the world commemorates the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany, it is worth recognizing the role Venezuela played in securing the oil needs of the Allied Nations.

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Explorer Policy Watch


On Sept. 30, AAPG Executive Director David Curtiss and 10 AAPG members participated in a day of visits to Capitol Hill to discuss the importance of strong federal investments for geoscience research and education. Geosciences Congressional Visits Day (GEO-CVD) is organized by AAPG in conjunction with other geoscience organizations.

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Explorer President’s Column


When I ask our members why they joined our Association, most say they joined for the science. Members rarely, if ever, say they joined for our conventions… In fact, the department that generates the majority of revenue yearly for AAPG is our convention department – from our annual and international meetings. So how is our yearly revenue generated?

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The current industry downturn has made the job market a daunting place for new graduates and YPs, but meetings like GCAGS 2015 provide a venue for new opportunities and professional growth – and perhaps some came away with a new fondness for the GRBCC as well.

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Explorer Regions and Sections

In the Middle East, massive oil and gas reserves aside, the industry also has had to make adjustments to cope with this new price environment. Despite this current malaise, the AAPG in the Middle East continues its mission to promote this region as the global center of excellence for petroleum geology.
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Written by members of the DPA (Division of Professional Affairs) for the members of the DPA, Correlator is published quarterly. Articles cover professional development topics as well as matters of ethics and DPA business.

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Seasoned and successful exploration geoscientists know, by bitter experience, the cost of ignoring (or not obtaining) objective data that bear on the geologic and economic merits of their ventures.

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Geology is positively a fascinating science. I was bewitched since my first steps in the university in southern Brazil 50 years ago.

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As we begin a new series of the Correlator, and after reviewing Flávio Juarez Feijó’s article on Living with YPs I felt it was worth bringing up volunteering one more time.

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As I prepared this last report for the Correlator as DPA president, I found myself reflecting on the past year – which flew by with remarkable speed.

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Jack Welsh, past chairman of GE, once said, “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”

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In early October I had two occasions to take Zoe, my now-14-year-old daughter, and several of her girlfriends (BFFs?) to the Tulsa State Fair. As a father I had to learn patience and how to be heard but not seen (figure that one out). I also had a good lesson in the power of communication because within 30 minutes of arriving at the fair, my daughter’s little group would suddenly double or triple with their friends – especially boys. Oh, the power of communicating with smart phones!

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The Delegates Voice is published quarterly. It is written by the leadership of the HoD (House of Delegates), the body of delegates representing the members of AAPG, and edited by the HoD Secretary/Editor, who is nominated annually. The focus of Delegates Voice is activities and issues of the HoD. This publication is available only to AAPG members.

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One of AAPG's constitutional purposes (#7) is to "advance the professional well-being of its members." As former HoD, EC and AC leaders, we are writing this article out of great concern for what we see as an unnecessary focus by a few new leaders to promote an attempt at a reorganization of AAPG governance and an unnecessary rewrite of our Bylaws, and even our Constitution.

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You read the title correctly; I did mean Sage Gauss not Sage Grouse. Sage Grouse are magnificent birds that are on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's near threatened list. They are also known for being loud and blustery, at least during the mating season. I can assure you that the HoD is not near threatened, nor are we loud and blustery; well most of us are not.
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There has been considerable discussion regarding the desire (need) for delegates to be able to remotely attend the annual House of Delegates meeting. This issue took on added urgency this year given that many companies have limited or eliminated their travel budgets.

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Delegates Voice Committee Article


The Constitution and Bylaws Committee completed a review of six proposed bylaws amendments that it received from the Executive Committee. After much discussion the amendments were modified as deemed appropriate, and approved by the committee.

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Delegates Voice Division Article

This year our overarching goal is to take DPA from good to great! We have a lot of new ideas we are implementing such as new Playmaker forums and a Web rebuild.
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The Division of Environmental Geosciences is enjoying a full, productive and provocative year. Our efforts this year have been focused on ensuring environmental issues of concern to the energy industry are well represented at the 2015 Annual Convention and Exhibition in Denver.
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The Energy Minerals Division is the ‘go-to-place’ for all unconventionals including: coal, coal-bed methane, gas hydrates, shale gas and liquids, gas (tight) sands, geothermal, oil sands, oil shale, uranium and other rare earth elements.
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Delegates Voice Officer Article


Greetings delegates and fellow geo's, and welcome to the 99th year of AAPG. As a recent candidate to serve in the House of Delegates, and now elected by you as chair-elect, there are several items regarding the future of AAPG and our House of Delegates that I have been pondering these last few weeks and months, and would like to share with you briefly now and throughout the coming couple of years.

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As HoD editor for 2014-15, this is my last Delegates' Voice to compile and publish before turning over the reins to Steve Levine - congratulations to Steve for his election. So it seems to me this is the time and place to wrap up the results of the recent HoD meeting held in Denver on May 31, and leave for the next issue to continue the discussion and comments on possible future proposals.
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We had a great 98th year; the House considered a number of issues, several of which elicited a wide-range of opinions among the delegates. Chair David Dolph did an excellent job steering the various committees and the House through four issues:  Bylaws simplification, streamlining the membership application review process, staggered delegate elections, and digital voting & remote meeting attendance.

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The Division of Environmental Geosciences membership produces Spheres of Influence quarterly. The goals of this newsletter include addressing current events and engaging the DEG members. It also is a tool for communicating across the divisions of AAPG while highlighting upcoming environmental geoscience issues.

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Steve Tischer is a senior environmental coordinator for ConocoPhillips with responsibilities to the Mid-Continent Business Unit. Tischer provides internal environmental guidance on due diligence, spill emergency response/remediation, waste disposal options and water issues.

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