‘The new business of energy’

Special ‘EMD Day’ Set in Cape Town

AAPG’s Energy Minerals Division (EMD) will sponsor a plethora of activities at this year’s International Conference and Exhibition, Oct. 26-29 in Cape Town.

The main highlight for our Division is what we’re calling EMD Day, co-sponsored with the Geological Society of South Africa, which will offer several items of particular interest to not just EMD members but others who are engaged in energy mineral activities.

This EMD emphasis will be held Wednesday, Oct. 29, featuring two oral and four poster sessions that cover topics of “The New Business of Energy.”

Our goal in putting all of the EMD sessions on one day is to draw South African coal and uranium geologists to the convention who could not otherwise consider investing three days for the talks.

Offered on EMD Day will be:

  • Four presentations on coal.
  • Five oral talks on oil shales.
  • Four posters on tight or basin-centered gas plays.
  • Seven posters on gas hydrates.
  • Six posters on CO2 sequestration.
  • Other talks and posters on CBM, uranium, geothermal.

And that’s not all. Additional activities will include:

  • An EMD “open house” Tuesday night, featuring a talk on “Clean Coal Technologies” by William Ambrose that is open to all registrants or EMD members.
  • A two-day short course on CBM by Andrew Scott on both the fundamentals and the newest techniques for field evaluation (Thursday and Friday, Oct. 30-31).
  • A field trip to the Karoo coal fields of South Africa, including a visit to Grootegeluk coal field, the largest open pit colliery in the country (Monday-Thursday, Nov. 3-6).

Africa Energy, Global Impact is the convention’s theme, and the EMD clearly is well-positioned to deliver an excellent program that includes both the local flavor of the GSSA and the international expertise of the EMD.

We hope to see you at the convention, where you will be sure to experience one of the most exciting and rewarding AAPG international conferences ever.  

EMD Announces Award Winners for San Antonio

The EMD has announced paper and poster award winners for its technical sessions at the recent AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in San Antonio.

The winners will be recognized at next year’s meeting in Denver.

Best Paper Award

Ben Rostron, University of Alberta, Canada, and Steve Whittaker, Canada Capital Energy Corp., for “Geological Characterization for the IEA GHG Weyburn-Midale CO2 Monitoring and Storage Project: Past Successes and Future Challenges.”

President’s Certificate (oral)

Terry Engelder, Penn State University, University Park, Pa., and Gary Lash, SUNY, Fredonia, N.Y., for “Crosscutting vs. Abutting Joints: A Reflection of Joint Normal Effective Stress.”

Juergen Schieber, University of Indiana, for “Deposition and Sequence Stratigraphic Framework of Late Devonian Black Shales in the Eastern U.S.”

Best Poster Award

Michael S. Cameron, Devon Energy, Oklahoma City, Frank E. Walles, Devon Energy, The  Woodlands, Texas, and Daniel M. Jarvie, Humble Geochemical, Humble, Texas, for “Quantification of Thermal Maturity Indices with Relationships to Predicted Shale Gas Producibility: Gate-Way Visualization and Attribute Technique.”

President’s Certificate (poster)

Robert Loucks and Stephan Ruppel, both with the University of Texas at Austin Bureau of Economic Geology, for “Shell and Grain Layers in the Barnett Shale: Event Deposition or In-Situ Accumulations?”

David Streit, Cynthia Dacre, Eric Wemmelmann and Curtis Joyce, all with MDA Federal Inc., Rockville, Md., for “GIS and Remote Sensing for ‘Cradle to Grave’ Hurricane Impact Assessment.”

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EMD has something very special planned for the upcoming AAPG International Conference and Exhibition in Cape Town, South Africa: an entire day of EMD-related events and activities.

We’ve asked Jeff Aldrich, this year’s international meeting’s general vice chair and also EMD’s African Region councilor, to provide a preview of all that is planned.


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