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Natural Gas Hydrate: An 'Emerging Resource' Finally Emerges  
By Art Johnson, EMD Gas Hydrate Committee Chair / November 2015

Natural gas hydrate (NGH), a crystalline compound of water and natural gas, has been recognized as a vast potential energy resource for over two decades, but its commerciality has persistently remained beyond the horizon due to technical and economic hurdles.

What You Can Do For EMD  
By Robert Trevail / August 2015
In the coming year, the Energy Minerals Division is looking to improve and expand its information delivery system. EMD also is seeking volunteers to fill a number of vacant section and region councilor positions.
Then and Now: An EMD Perspective on Oil Shale  
By Alan Burnham / May 2015
Oil shale is a rich petroleum source rock that never got buried deep enough to generate oil and gas. Worldwide, oil shale is a massive resource that potentially could yield a trillion barrels of oil and gas equivalent.
Heavy Oil Recovery Methods Are Improving  
By Steven Schamel, Sharleen Overland / February 2015

In virtually all regions of sustained production, the industry is steadily improving in situ recovery methods and reducing environmental impacts of bitumen and heavy oil production, especially those associated with surface mining.

Notoriety Notwithstanding, Nuclear Revival is Under Way  
By Michael Campbell / November 2014

Over the past year or so we have observed strong evidence that nuclear power is into a new expansion period.

Symposium to Address Science, Social Responsibility  
By Fran Hein / August 2014
To address some of what appear to be competing issues, the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG) and the AAPG will host a joint, multidisciplinary technical symposium on oil sands and heavy oil: “Oil Sands and Heavy Oil Symposium: A Local to Global Multidisciplinary Collaboration.”
Shale: An Evolution, Not a Revolution  
By Louise Durham / May 2014

When you need in-depth, science-based information on shale plays and issues, AAPG past president Scott Tinker has the reputation as the go-to guy.

Report: A State of the EMD Union Update   
By Jeremy Boak / February 2014

Every six months, chairs of the Energy Minerals Division committees convene and report on developments in the areas they cover. In this column, we highlight important observations from these recent reports.

What Does It All Mean? Only Time Will Tell  
By Jeremy Boak / November 2013

A recent story about Shell’s withdrawal from a long-lived project on in situ production of shale oil from oil shale was an interesting example of over-interpretation of a small dataset.

Finding Focus for the Year’s Agenda  
By Jeremy Boak / August 2013

Even with a year of preparation as president-elect, I find myself stepping into the role of Energy Minerals Division (EMD) president with some trepidation.

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The Energy Minerals Division (EMD), a division of AAPG, is dedicated to addressing the special concerns of energy resource geologists working with energy resources other than conventional oil and gas, providing a vehicle to keep abreast of the latest developments in the geosciences and associated technology. EMD works in concert with the Division of Environmental Geosciences to serve energy resource and environmental geologists.

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