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A delicate balance: Some see beautiful vistas, abundant wildlife, a recreational paradise. Others see a promising geologic structure and a beautiful energy potential. What’s next for the Pinedale field? 

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 Who’s counting? An effort is under way – again – to synchronize the numbering of oil and gas wells.

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Debuting this month is an online course for earth science teachers of high school students. The online course is designed around TEKSstandards and is provided through the American College of Education by one of AAPG’s Honorary Members.

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The ties that bind: One was once the graduate student seeking his doctorate, the other was the teacher who had just been given his first graduate student. That was then. This year, they will share the stage in Houston as AAPG award winners.

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Sharon Milito, a fourth grade teacher at Patrick Henry Elementary School in Colorado Springs, Colo., has been named the 2011 AAPG Earth Science Teacher of the Year.

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Emphasis: Seismic

 

Conduct a poll among E&P folks regarding seismic, and it’s likely the consensus would be that advanced seismic technology – especially 3-D and 4-D – is the greatest thing to happen since sliced bread and cold beer debuted.

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The Arkoma Basin has long been a popular drilling focus for the industry. As the saying goes, everything “old” is new again – and the Arkoma is no exception.

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Once it became clear that natural gas prices likely will remain dismal for some time, many companies working the shale gas plays recognized they had best punch up their production by adding some respectably-priced oil and liquids-rich gas.

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Standing Columns

Last month I had the pleasure to hear DPA President Dan Tearpock’s ethics talk to the Houston Geological Society.

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Science is the heartbeat of AAPG. It is the key for innovation in our industry, and AAPG is dedicated to finding new scientific developments and related new technologies.

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Since the time of my last EXPLORER column in December, the petroleum industry has experienced many changes.

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Seismic attributes are particularly effective for extracting subtle geologic features from relatively noise-free seismic data. However, seismic data are usually contaminated by both random and coherent noise, even when the data have been migrated reasonably well and are multiple-free.

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One month after the tragic loss of the Deepwater Horizon drill rig in the Gulf of Mexico, President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.

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Historical Highlight: The Miri Field was discovered in 1910 in northwest Borneo and one year later it produced 1,950 barrels of oil. 

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Canada’s unconventional resources continue to excite the imaginations of geoscientists, as Canadian companies – with operators and investors from North America, India and Southeast Asia – are doggedly working to unlock the country’s unconventional resource play potential.

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Houston independent oilman Jack C. Threet, who as then-AAPG Foundation chairman helped design the current initiative to increase funding for key existing and numerous new programs, has been named the recipient of this year’s L. Austin Weeks Memorial Medal.

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