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The Eagle and the hawk: A still-fledging shale gas play, the Cretaceous Eagle Ford, is making a lot of noise in Texas – and the hawks are circling to get a piece of the action.

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It’s complicated: If your well comes up dry it’s all bad news, right? Well, not really. In the oil industry, a lot of dark clouds have a valuable silver lining.

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Flying down to Rio: A strong technical program, proximity to the headline-grabbing subsalt plays and an early spirit of Carnival made the recent ICE a meeting to remember.

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Emphasis: World Developments

 

The year of living dangerously: Grim days, challenging conditions, exciting discoveries. A look back at the top global developments of 2009.

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Northern exposure: That gush of excitement you may feel may be coming from Canada – specifically, eastern Canada – and it’s all because the Utica shale play there may be as big as the Barnett.

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From west to east, with increasing geological complexity, the Utica and Lorraine Shale Gas Fairway comprises three distinct plays.

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Time after time: Advanced geophysical techniques have been used for identifying fractures in Saudi Arabia. The rest of the story, however, was getting the story …

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Standing Columns

The AAPG Executive Committee met at the International Conference and Exhibition in Rio de Janeiro in November to discuss a variety of issues, among them the role and activities of the AAPG Global Climate Change Committee.

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Each new year I ask myself what is in the future for AAPG. I always start with a review of the strategic plan.

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In late September, the Division of Professional Affairs, through past president Rick Ericksen, was contacted by the California Association of Professional Geologists (CAPG), which is seeking support to block a move by the state of California to eliminate the Board of Professional Geologists and Geophysicists (BGG) and merge it into the Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (BPELS).

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Vertical wave testing is done by deploying seismic receivers downhole and recording the downgoing wavelet generated by each energy source being considered for surface seismic data acquisition across the area local to the receiver well.

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Congress passes many laws – that is its principal function as outlined in Article I of the U.S. Constitution. It also controls the nation’s purse strings, deciding how tax revenue collected from the people will be spent for the people.

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Two longtime stalwarts of the AAPG Foundation have been named recipients of the Foundation’s top awards for 2010.

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