Energy Policy Forum Set for RMS Annual Meeting

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

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

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