Spring Quickens Pace for Activities

Viva San Antonio!

It’s not too late to complete your plans to attend the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in San Antonio, April 20-23. In early March pre-registration was running well ahead of that for the previous two annual meetings comparing the same point in time.

An outstanding technical program is in store for us.

A feature added this year is a Climate Change Forum organized by the AAPG Global Climate Change Committee. Priscilla Grew is chair of the 12-member committee and Jeff Levine and John Armentrout will co-chair the forum.

The forum, to be held 8-11:40 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20, will feature five prominent speakers who will discuss basic data that has affected climate change in the past and may be factors in the future. Time for questions is scheduled after each speaker and at the end of the program. [RELATED STORY]

AAPG will video record the session and make the information available to interested groups.

San Antonio, my hometown, is always fun. Hope to see you there!

Concept Release

AAPG has responded to the Security and Exchange Commission’s “Concept Release on Possible Revisions to the Disclosure Requirements Relative to Oil and Gas Reserves."

The SEC posed a number of questions regarding disclosure requirements and asked for public comment. AAPG responded timely with a document prepared by an ad hoc committee chaired by Pete Rose and including six other AAPG members who also are expert in the specialty of reserve estimation.

More Service for Members

AAPG soon will have a new résumé and job posting service available for members on our Web site – the Executive Committee, acting on a recommendation from the Membership Career Services Committee, authorized staff to contract with Boxwood Career Services to proceed with the improved job board.

Members seeking employment or consulting work may post their résumés without cost. Employers, including those seeking consulting services, will pay a modest fee to post on the site.

Watch for an announcement when this service is operational.

Congressional Visits Day

Ten AAPG members attended the 12th annual Congressional Visits Day in Washington, D.C., March 5-6.

The first day included morning briefings for earth and space scientists at the American Geophysical Union and afternoon sessions at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. David Curtiss, director of our Washington office (GEO-DC), arranged visits to Congressmen and their staffs on the second day.

Legislative issues discussed were:

  • Future Work Force Needs of the Oil and Gas Industry.
  • Preservation of Geological and Geophysical Data.
  • Research and Development Needs of the Domestic Petroleum Industry in the 21st Century.

The trip was fun as well as informative and we shared our views on the “Hill.”

Southwest Section Celebrates 50 Years

AAPG’s Southwest Section celebrated its Golden Anniversary at its annual Section meeting Feb. 24-27 in Abilene, Texas.

The “section” began as the Southwestern Federation of Geological Societies in 1958. The Federation evolved into the Southwest Section of AAPG in late 1967 or early 1968.

Bob Gunn was the first AAPG president to hail from the Southwest Section (1978-79) followed by six others, including the current president.

Section members also have been recipients of more than 50 AAPG awards, with Bob Gunn as the sole Sidney Powers Memorial medalist.

I congratulate General Chair Darrell Mauldin and his entire committee for a memorable convention.

Hasta la Vista!

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