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Vlastimila “Vlasta” Dvorakova, a former president of the AAPG Europe Region and an important leader in AAPG regional and international activities, died Friday, June 12, after a long illness. She was 55.
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On the heels of an April 23 article in The New York Times headlined, “A New ‘OPEC’ Emerges: The U.S.,” this year’s Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) will take that topic into the field, tracking the country’s shale boom from its inception to turning the United States into the world’s No. 1 petroleum and natural gas producer in 2014 – overtaking Saudi Arabia and Russia.
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AAPG members in the Caribbean now receive special recognition thanks to a bylaws amendment approved at the House of Delegates meeting held in Denver, Colo. on May 31 during the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition.

 

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The word “Mexico” brings many images to mind. For some, it’s mariachis and tequila. Others think of good food and beautiful beaches. For many in the petroleum industry, though, the word “Mexico” means newfound opportunity. The Mexican Petroleum Congress, scheduled for June 10-13 in Guadalajara, offers a chance to experience that opportunity.
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AAPG member and EXPLORER correspondent Susan R. Eaton, a Calgary-based geologist, geophysicist, journalist and polar explorer, made the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s list of the nation’s top modern-day trailblazers.
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The proposal to make AAPG's Elected Editor position an appointed one failed to receive the two-thirds majority it needed to be put into effect.
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Colombia’s national oil company Ecopetrol and partners Petrobras, Repsol and Statoil informed stock markets in Rio de Janeiro, New York, Toronto and Bogotá of a hydrocarbon discovery in the exploratory well Orca-1, located 40 kilometers north of the coast of La Guajira, in the Colombian Caribbean. The announcement marked an important milestone in the Colombian Caribbean offshore exploration…
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Imagine a future swarming with jellyfish but lacking in oysters, where algal mats smother coral reefs and salmon stocks plummet – a future in which the ocean is more than 100 percent more acidic than today.
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Independent geologist Paul Britt, president of Houston-based Texplore, has been voted president-elect by the AAPG membership for the 2015-16 term and will serve as AAPG president in 2016-17.
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Emphasis: Rocky Mountain Roundup

 
Are current conditions in oil and gas creating a big opportunity for petroleum geologists in the Rocky Mountain region? Some experts say today’s drilling slowdown gives geologists time to catch up on recent advances in science, providing a less hectic opportunity to analyze data, study reservoirs and create improved models.
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This may come as a surprise to a number of industry participants, but Utah is home to the largest oil sand resource in the United States. Largest, as in an estimated 16 billion barrels of bitumen and heavy oil.
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Some might argue that not much has changed in Colorado politics over the last year – except for the fact that the battle to ban drilling by certain groups has escalated from the local to statewide level.
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The Wattenberg Field north of Denver has become a big deal in the industry since its discovery in 1970 by Amoco Production Company. It’s a twofer, kicking out both oil and natural gas. To many, mention of the field conjures up thoughts of the upper Cretaceous Niobrara shale, which is a prolific producer there, along with other geologic formations. The Codell sandstone, for example, is a major pay in this giant field.
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An intriguing program is afoot to assess the hydrocarbon potential of the Niobrara in south-central South Dakota. The assessment program was initiated in 2012, when the American Indian Higher Education Consortium funded a cooperative education program between the Sinte Gleska University on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T).
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Standing Columns

Oil prices were at near record highs when I became AAPG president almost exactly one year ago – and immediately thereafter they began to fall.
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I don’t want to completely dismiss the role of flashes of insight. But to borrow an old saw, we may miss scientific discoveries because they’re dressed in overalls and disguised as hard work.
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This seems to be the way public opinion is shaped on most any hot topic: There is quite a bit of early, incomplete information to feed the public’s interest, and this early activity disproportionately shapes society’s attitude and ultimate response.
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In last month’s Geophysical Corner `we described the different poststack impedance inversion methods that are available in our seismic industry. In poststack seismic inversion – where there is no mode conversion at normal incidence – it is purely acoustic. P-wave impedance is the only information that can be estimated from poststack inversion of P-wave data.
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Concerns over aging or inadequate infrastructure and changes in the energy mix led the Obama administration to focus the first Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) on transmission, storage and distribution infrastructure.
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This is the story of the drilling of a costly ($60 million) Lahee A-1 well in the Colombian foothills, which presented significant deviations from the prognosticated stratigraphy halfway to the objective – and became an operational nuisance. Nonetheless, it is mainly a story of successful management and prompt response to the geological uncertainty.
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AAPG Europe’s latest Geosciences Technology Workshop (GTW), “Fractured Reservoirs: The Geological, Geophysical and Engineering Tools to Crack Them,” provided the opportunity to visit the island of Sicily, steeped both in beauty and an active geological history. And what is a trip to Sicily without a visit to the tallest volcano in Europe?
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The number of Grants-in-Aid applications for this year’s cycle of awards once again was tremendous. The Foundation is awarding $239,000 to 121 master’s and doctoral students studying various fields of geoscience – more than any year before in number of dollars granted.
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