HoD Sets Agenda For Pittsburgh

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

The AAPG House of Delegates will vote on a constitutional amendment regarding delinquent dues payments at the group’s meeting May 19 in Pittsburgh, right before the start of the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition.

The full language of the amended wording is available for review at aapg.org/bylawschanges.cfm.

R. Randy Ray
R. Randy Ray

Delegates also are expected to consider a proposal to change the boundary between AAPG’s Asia Pacific and European Regions, according to HOD Chair R. Randy Ray, as well as a proposal to create a new technical division of AAPG called the “Petroleum Structure and Geomechanics Division.”

The boundary change would result in moving five Central Asians countries – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – to the European Region from the Asia Pacific Region.

The PSGD proposal comes from a group of about 200 people who have been meeting informally at AAPG annual meetings since 1997, under the leadership of AAPG Editor Stephen Laubach and Peter Hennings.

“The group is interested in aspects of structural geology, including faulting, fracturing and seals, which are influenced by rock’s mechanical properties,” Ray said. “This also incorporates the study of stresses and pressures at reservoir level that affect drilling and completion procedures.

“The topic has broad appeal and will attract existing members as well as draw new members to AAPG from other professional societies with like interest,” he added.

Delegates also will vote on new officers for the HoD, who will begin service immediately following the HoD adjournment. The candidates are:

  • Paul Britt, independent geologist and president of Texplore, Houston.
  • David Dolph, team lead-Global Exploration, Nexen Petroleum International, Calgary, Canada.
HoD Secretary/Editor
  • Mark Rainer, senior geologist, Jones Energy, San Diego.
  • Dan Billman, president, Billman Geologic Consultants, Mars, Pa.

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