An energy policy forum dealing with issues that significantly impact oil and natural gas exploration will be held at this year’s Rocky Mountain Section annual meeting, set Sept. 22-24 in Salt Lake City.
This forum looks at the “Environmental, Economic and Cultural Impacts of Unconventional Oil and Gas Development,” and it will be held at 1:20 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23. Edith Allison, director of AAPG’s GEO-DC office and the monthly columnist of the EXPLORER’s popular “Policy Watch,” will be the moderator.
The session will focus on an inescapable fact: As unconventional oil and gas production expands into new regions, or exploration and production activity swells in historic producing areas, non-technical concerns increase.
The general theme for the RMS meeting will be “Energy Elevated,” and the technical program consists of more than 130 oral and poster presentations, including a special session that will provide historical and geological overviews of the older-but-still-producing great oil and gas field in the Rockies.
Other highlights include:
- Rebecca Williams, senior scientists with the Planetary Science Institute, will be the All-Convention Luncheon speaker, talking on “Roving the Red Planet: A Field Geologist Explores Gale Crater.”
- Rick Allis, director of the Utah Geological Survey and the state geologist, will be the DPA Luncheon speaker, talking on “Our Transforming Energy Sector – A Utah Perspective on Trends and Changes.”
- Four short courses, including a core workshop titled “Microbial Carbonate Reservoirs from Utah.
- … and five field trips, including “The Greatest Story Ever Told by Nine Miles of Rock: Exploring the Geology of Little Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch Mountains,” plus a trip to the Great Salt Lake and Pleistocene Lake Bonneville that is free for students and Young Professionals.
For more information visit the RMS website at www.rmsaapg2013.com.