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How big is big? A team of U.S. Geological Survey geologists is doing a new assessment of – and taking a “long” look at – the unconventional potential of the Arkoma Basin.

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Show me the money: Government officials are pumping new funding into geothermal research and projects.

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Search and Discovery recipient, Mitch Harris, is recognized for his body of works contributed to geoscience.

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A recent AAPG Geosciences Technology Workshop examined the contributions, challenges and responsibilities of geoscientists in estimating resources and reserves.

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For more than a decade petroleum geoscientists, engineers and E&P executives expressed concern that U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules governing oil and gas reserves disclosures disallowed the use of technology recognized as industry best practice and were inconsistent with most company’s internal planning processes.

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Emphasis: Downhole Geology

 

Well data isn’t the geologists only tool to assess potential of deep basins or frontier areas. Think "source rock."

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And now, live from your well to your desktop: The Internet is the newest tool providing real-time views via a downhole video survey.

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Well, shake it up, baby: Hydro-impact technology is using seismic wave stimulation technology to shake loose residual oil trapped in the reservoirs around existing wells.

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Standing Columns

I recently had the pleasure of participating in an E&P company’s internal reservoir characterization technology forum. The eclectic meeting covered topics ranging from the implications of peak oil to ways to improve recovery factors.

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Over a year ago AAPG and SEG developed an ad hoc “joint cooperation committee” to review each society’s respective programs and look for different ways to cooperate. Then-AAPG President Will Green initiated the ad hoc joint committee at the end of his term with his counterpart, Fred Aminzadeh at SEG. Scott Tinker and John Lorenz continued the committee along with their SEG counterparts Larry Lines and Stephen Hill.

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It seems like everywhere I go lately everyone wants to debate issues like global warming, climate change, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and cap-and-trade versus a revenue-neutral carbon tax system.

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This month’s column is the first of a two-part series dealing with seismic wave tests – horizontal wave testing.

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Shortly after lunch on Oct. 14 people began filing into the ballroom of the Tulsa Marriott Southern Hills Hotel. They included attendees of the 2009 AAPG Mid-Continent Section meeting, members of the general public and two busloads of students from local high schools.  They were there to participate in a conversation about energy – its past and its future. 

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The third quarter of 2009 brought several staffing transitions as AAPG continues its global outreach. We say farewell to Steve Veal and welcome to Adrienne Pereira and Jeremy Richardson.

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The AAPG Foundation Trustee Associates elected new officers during the group’s recently held 32nd annual meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

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