Table of Contents

 

Frack checking: The ongoing and intensifying public debate over the impact of hydraulic fracturing is about to get an infusion of scientific observations.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/groat-chip.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 2223 http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/groat-chip.jpg
 

A Fairway to paradise? Nova Scotia’s offshore energy industry is in the global spotlight after an enticing assessment of resources in the Scotian Basin.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/study-indicates-scotia-fairway-potential-2011-07jul-hero.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 2228 http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/study-indicates-scotia-fairway-potential-2011-07jul-hero.jpg
 
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/scotian-basin-larger-than-gulf-of-mexico-2011-07jul-hero.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 2225 http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/scotian-basin-larger-than-gulf-of-mexico-2011-07jul-hero.jpg
 

Play Fairway study available for free: 400-KM integrated dataset used in study .

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/rigorous-gg-science-underpinning-the-project-2011-07jul-hero.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 2232 http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/rigorous-gg-science-underpinning-the-project-2011-07jul-hero.jpg
 

It's plentiful, it's accessible, it's a part of our lives – but can coal ever be the environmentally preferred choice of energy? A look at the current reality of clean coal technology.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/ambrose-william-a.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 2233 http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/ambrose-william-a.jpg
 

University team responds to concerns about dumping water used in the well fracturing process. Converting the briny wastewater into suitable fresh water is the challenge.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2011-07july-thumb.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 2236 http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2011-07july-thumb.jpg
 

You could see it everywhere at the recent AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in Houston:Women were confidently exchanging business cards – with both men and women – as important business connections were made.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/begely-betsy.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 2240 http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/begely-betsy.jpg
 

The Cook Inlet was a popular topic at both an oral session and field trip during the Pacific Section's annual meeting in Anchorage, Alaska.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/cook-inlet-outcrops-exceptional-2011-07jul-hero.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 2246 http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/cook-inlet-outcrops-exceptional-2011-07jul-hero.jpg
 

Like father, like son: Paul Weimer, geology professor at the University of Colorado, has assumed the presidency of AAPG and leadership of the Executive Committee – just as his father did 20 years ago.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2011-07july-thumb.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 2245 http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2011-07july-thumb.jpg

Standing Columns

July 2011: The ritual changing of the guard at AAPG leadership – but this year will perhaps bring more change than usual.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2011-07july-thumb.jpg?width=50&h=50&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=90amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2011-07july-thumb.jpg 2251 Explorer President’s Column

The collective hurrah you may have heard coming from northeast Oklahoma around mid-April was the AAPG staff thankful that another successful annual meeting was behind them.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2011-07july-thumb.jpg?width=50&h=50&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=90amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2011-07july-thumb.jpg 2252 Explorer Director’s Corner

Ethics and professionalism are relevant – regardless of your career stage or geography.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2011-07july-thumb.jpg?width=50&h=50&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=90amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2011-07july-thumb.jpg 2253 Explorer Division Column DPA

As has been emphasized in the three preceding articles of this series, when a shear (S) wave propagates through a rock unit that has aligned vertical fractures, it splits into two S waves – a fast-S (S1) mode and a slow-S (S2) mode.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2011-07july-thumb.jpg?width=50&h=50&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=90amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2011-07july-thumb.jpg 2255 Explorer Geophysical Corner

One casualty of the November 2010 elections was climate change legislation.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2011-07july-thumb.jpg?width=50&h=50&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=90amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2011-07july-thumb.jpg 2256 Explorer Policy Watch

A winning strategy: When geologist Don Todd was told that Indonesia had a lot of oil in the ground, he knew immediately what his next career move would be.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/todd-went-where-the-oil-was-2011-07jul-hero.jpg?width=50&h=50&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=90amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/todd-went-where-the-oil-was-2011-07jul-hero.jpg 2250 Explorer Historical Highlight

It is a little over 25 years since the Iagifu 2-X well drilled by Niugini Gulf Oil discovered Papua New Guinea’s first commercial oil field – the Kutubu field, which was put into production in 1992 by Chevron Niugini Pty Ltd. after they acquired the assets of Gulf Oil.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/png-gas-finds-push-lng-plans-fig1.jpg?width=50&h=50&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=90amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/png-gas-finds-push-lng-plans-fig1.jpg 2257 Explorer Regions and Sections

Nearly $500,000 in donations and pledges came into the AAPG Foundation in May as individuals and corporations join together to show their support.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2011-07july-thumb.jpg?width=50&h=50&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=90amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true http://img.aapg.org/Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/EXPLORER-cover-2011-07july-thumb.jpg 2258 Explorer Foundation Update

News & Features