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Our industry is once again experiencing a downturn; and AAPG is aware that many of our members have been negatively impacted by low oil prices. Now more than ever it is important to maintain networking connections by maintaining your membership, and AAPG’s graduated dues structure may help you stay connected.

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Explorer Director’s Corner

 

Everywhere I go and in every conversation I have with AAPG members, sooner or later – and it’s usually sooner– I’m asked what I’m hearing about the duration of this low price cycle. We’ve all heard the old saying that prediction is difficult, especially of the future.

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Explorer Division Column EMD

 

The Energy and Minerals Division of the AAPG focuses on unconventional hydrocarbon energy resources, such as coalbed methane and gas hydrates and alternative energy resources, such as coal, uranium and geothermal energy. These resources are important to members of AAPG.

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Explorer Emphasis

 

Collaborative relationships between the petroleum industry and academia have been steadily improving in the Middle East over the years, but there is still much room for improvement, according to a moderator at a panel examining the issue at the upcoming GEO 2016 conference.

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Explorer Foundation Update

 

Time is a precious commodity to us all, and is particularly treasured by geologists who have a unique relationship with the concept of time. Time is an especially precious commodity when it is given to the AAPG Foundation, in whatever increment.

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Explorer Geophysical Corner

 

The main goal for shale resource characterization is usually the identification of sweet spots, which represent the most favorable drilling targets. Such sweet spots can be identified as those pockets in the target formation that exhibit high total organic carbon (TOC) content, as well as high brittleness. As there is no direct way of computing TOC using seismic data, we adopt indirect ways for doing so.

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Explorer Historical Highlight

 

The Ayoluengo field was the first commercial oil discovery in Spain and more than 50 years later remains the only onshore oilfield in the Iberian Peninsula. The field was discovered in 1964 and is still producing.

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Explorer Policy Watch

 

Three outer continental shelf (OCS) oil and gas issues were prominent in 2015 policy debates and will continue in the policy limelight in 2016 as the federal government moves to release final versions of the permits, plans and rules.

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Explorer President’s Column

 

As I have met with delegates and AAPG leaders around the world, there has been considerable discussion about what AAPG is, or should be. There are many who believe that AAPG is, and should remain, an association that stands for professionalism and ethics.

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Explorer ProTracks

 

A popular topic among educators and recruiters in our discipline is what geology, and the people who practice it, will look like in the future. It’s an interesting question when you consider the origins of our discipline, its pioneers and how both geology and its practitioners have evolved in the past 100 years.

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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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Correlator Article

 

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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Delegates Voice Business Article

 

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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Spheres of Influence Article

 

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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