Common Wording vs. Historical Terminology  
By Jeremy Boak / August 2012

For more than 100 years, shale oil has referred to the product of pyroly­sis of oil shale, whereas oil shale refers to organic rich (kerogen) rock that has never reached the oil window.

Oh, Fraque! Changing Public Perceptions  
By Stephen Testa / May 2012

Hydraulic fracturing technology was pioneered in the mid-1940s by Halliburton, and arguably questionable as to its early success.

When Is Unconventional Conventional?  
By Stephen Testa / February 2012

If you have a pulse and have been to an AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition (ACE) over the past couple of years or so, or a recent AAPG International Convention and Exhibition (ICE) such as those held in Calgary or Milan, you would have noticed.

It’s the Environment, Stupid   
By Stephen Testa / November 2011

It’s a green energy world we currently live and work in, and regardless of the merits of coal, uranium, geothermal, gas shales – and the list goes on – what we have learned over the years, and notably over the past few years, is that environmental concerns can determine, more often than not, whether our profession and industry is successful or not.

Remaining Relevant – Not a Problem!   
By Stephen Testa / August 2011

It’s a new year, with a new EMD Executive Committee and president, and there is renewed interest in unconventional and alternative energy resources.

Adapting to Lower Cost Natural Gas   
By Jeremy Platt / May 2011

EMD’s Energy Economics and Technology Committee is a resource center for individuals with interests in business, planning and forecasting aspects of the energy industries.

Seeing Some Good News   
By Michael Campbell / February 2011

My first six months as president of the AAPG Energy Minerals Division has brought both a broader and a more detailed understanding of the energy picture in the United States and the world in general. This has resulted in new realizations and in forming new opinions on a variety of energy-related topics, some of which I would like to share with you.

Tapping Into Geothermal a Hot Idea  
By Richard Erdlac / November 2010

The last 10 years has witnessed an expansion by the oil and gas industry in the type of energy resources that are being developed. Coalbed methane, gas shales, oil sand, oil shale and tight gas sands have seen growth in numerous places worldwide as companies look for dwindling reserves to maintain operations and societal demand for greater amounts of energy production.

Oil Shales Making Cautious Progress  
By Jeremy Boak / August 2010

Despite discouraging economic conditions over the last two years, development of the world’s vast resources of oil shale continues to make progress.

Hydrates Face Key Test on North Slope   
By Art Johnson / May 2010

Gas hydrate, a crystalline compound of water and natural gas, has been touted as a vast potential energy resource for more than a decade – but realizing this potential has persistently remained beyond reach due to technical and economic hurdles.

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