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John Hogg, an AAPG Honorary member and vice president of exploration and operations for MGM Energy Corp., in Calgary, Canada, has been voted president-elect by the AAPG membership for the 2014-15 term and will serve as AAPG president in 2015-16.

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A comprehensive look at Mexico's revolutionary energy reforms.

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Some surprising findings bubbled up in a recent study of methane geochemistry in the Appalachian Basin. The findings could complicate the jobs of investigators trying to determine how stray methane gets into water wells.

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The energy industry needs to do a better job of engaging communities near drilling sites and informing them of safe energy practices that protect human health and the environment according to Craig Walters, Anadarko Petroleum’s director of Wattenberg field operations in northern Colorado,

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Videos made by AAPG Student Chapters get rave reviews, particularly the work of the San Diego State University chapter

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Emphasis: Rocky Mountain Roundup


As Colorado goes, so goes the nation when it comes to energy and environmental policy and the court of public opinion.

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The EXPLORER interviews Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and others about presiding over the national nexus of energy and environmental politics.

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With an economy in decline and a population exodus only a few short years ago, North Dakota has transformed into a boom state, thanks to the Bakken formation. 

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As the Bakken, Eagle Ford, Marcellus and other shale plays make national news, the Cane Creek reservoir might be the dark horse poised to emerge as another major shale play. 

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The time-worn phrase "everything old is new again" is an apt description for much of the revved-up activity in the oil patch these days.

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Microseismic technology continues to pay its way as an exploration tool. A buried array installed in the Williston Basin is helping Newfield Exploration Co. of Denver increase efficiency, according to company geologists.

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AAPG member Zell Peterman, U.S. Geological Survey scientist emeritus, is busy with colleagues examining Williston Basin Bakken formation water and the role of shale filtration.

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Standing Columns

Well, much as promised by my predecessors, the year indeed has flown by quickly and this is my last column to you as president. Soon, I will find myself with more time to explore for oil and gas and get back to riding my horse – if he still recognizes me.

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Shale is transforming the energy sector, bringing new oil and natural gas to consumers worldwide. But it wasn’t an invisible hand that found those resources and produced them.

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I am reflecting on this past year of the DEG with my feet propped up, iPad in my lap, a cold libation in hand – and I am smiling.

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Steeply dipping bedforms and bed sets often develop where sediment accumulates and migrates, and are expressed as clinoform patterns on seismic data. Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) provides ultra-high-resolution images of the internal structure of these sediment accumulations.

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Some members of Congress are again proposing rules to accelerate the federal approval process for natural gas export facilities, although any benefits would be years in the future.

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The history of oil development in Alaska is often presented as a heroic tale, but long before the 1968 discovery of the Prudhoe Bay field (16 billion barrels and counting), the industry experience was marked by a great deal of frustration and failure.

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The Ayoluengo field, commonly cited as Spain’s only onshore oil field, was discovered in June 1964. Today, 50 years later, the field is still active, with an average production of some 100 barrels oil per day and a total cumulated oil production of nearly 17 million barrels of oil.

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Robert H. Goldstein, this year’s AAPG Foundation Professorial Award recipient, said there’s something special about the make-up of this particular award.

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