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Shale gas potential heats up in south Texas. Think Eagle Ford shale, or take a drive down U.S. Highway 90 and see for yourself.

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Old habits die hard – Not! The prolific California Monterey shale is revisited, but this time with an unconventional approach.

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Best oral and poster winners have been selected from the presentations given at the International Conference and Exhibition recently held in Calgary.

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The Calgary International Conference and Exhbition attracted people from 59 countries that added up to the second largest attendance since 2006. 

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It’s intense. It’s inspiring. It’s GeoFORCE: a program that introduces middle and high school students to the world of science.

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Emphasis: Exploration Innovations


The circum-Arctic region has ample energy potential, but innovative technology is essential for future exploration. One research geologist explains the need for combining tried and true geology basics with new, creative methods to get the best results.

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Hot, hot, hot: The Niobrara play joins the list of hot shales – even being dubbed the “NeoBakken.” An industry-sponsored consortium evaluates the complexities of this giant play to help further its economic success.

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Kinetics and hieroglyphics and pyrolysis! Oh my! Following the traditional method of determining kerogen kinetics is slow and expensive and yields little kinetic data. The new method of one-run kinetics proves to save both time and money while acquiring more data.

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Sorting out the new data types emerging from the unconventional plays has led to new strategies for managing the data and spawned an array of ancillary business opportunities. EXPANDED FOR WEB.

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Standing Columns

One of the goals the Executive Committee has set for this year is to instill a longer range view in AAPG – a 20- to 25-year view. To that end, we have asked the Advisory Council to review the current AAPG Strategic Plan, which was crafted in 2004, to determine whether the plan’s assumptions are still valid – and if so, whether the conclusions are still valid.

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There are certain times in life and in business to stop and reflect on the current reality and contemplate the future. AAPG is in this process with President Rensink’s request for the Association leadership to consider what AAPG will look like well in to the future – even to 2035.

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The last 10 years has witnessed an expansion by the oil and gas industry in the type of energy resources that are being developed. Coalbed methane, gas shales, oil sand, oil shale and tight gas sands have seen growth in numerous places worldwide as companies look for dwindling reserves to maintain operations and societal demand for greater amounts of energy production.

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President Barack Obama came to office during a tumultuous period, and with a long list of policy priorities: stimulating the economy, withdrawing combat troops from Iraq, reforming the health care and financial services sectors, and so on.

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Although historically focused on its birthplace in North America, AAPG is growing rapidly in several international locations, including one that is in the heart of the oil industry – the Middle East.

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The AAPG Foundation Trustees have approved granting $45,000 to the Texas GeoFORCE program, to be given over the next three years.

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