February 2014

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Two longtime valuable supporters of the AAPG Foundation—James A. Hartman and Charles ‘Chuck’ Weiner—haven been named recipients of the Foundation’s top awards for 2014.


This month you’ll have the opportunity to visit our new AAPG website – a radically new experience designed to improve your connection to AAPG.


"Breakthrough elegance": ExxonMobil geologists Jeff Ottmann and Kevin Bohacs shared their highly-coveted knowledge on sweet spots and producibility thresholds at a recent Geosciences Technology Workshop on Unconventional Reservoir Quality.


Energy is required to secure, treat and distribute water; conversely, energy production depends on an abundant and reliable source of water.


The Indian state of West Bengal, located in eastern India and stretching from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, is a cultural hub where art and literacy flourished. This landscape is dominated by winding rivers and luscious fields of spices, rice and other crops. The Bengal Basin region, however, is confronted with some of the highest levels of naturally occurring arsenic (As) in drinking water, which poses a major health-related environmental threat to the 70-100 million people living in the area.


Geologists, cognitive scientists, software developers and other industry stakeholders put their heads together at a recent Hedberg conference to share insights on the 3-D interpretation and spatial thinking skills that are vital to geoscience.

Emphasis: Arctic Exploration


The Final Frontier: The Arctic Circle’s vast, untapped treasures of oil and gas resources beckon explorers to boldly go, despite the daunting technical, political and environmental challenges.


Arctic pioneers will relate their lessons and experiences from exploring and producing in the frozen north at the third annual Arctic Technology Conference this month in Houston.


Oil spills are a potential challenge in any corner of the world, but the Arctic brings its own set of challenges to oil production and transportation, and so it needs its own dedicated technologies for meeting them.


Icebreaking vessels are the key to navigating the Arctic, and so are in high demand as oil producers set their sights on the vast oil reserves at the top of the world.

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