The potential of Wyoming's Niobrara shale play will be in the spotlight during this year's AAPG Rocky Mountain Section meeting, set June 25-29 in Cheyenne, Wyo.
The meeting's theme is "Energy on the Rocks," and while the technical sessions will offer a varied program, the relatively new focus on the Niobrara will be featured.
The Niobrara focus will include a field trip, core workshop and a plenary session that offers papers on such topics as:
- Exploration and development history.
- Facies and stratigraphy.
- Models for accumulation and preservation of organic matter.
- Kerogen type and thermal maturity trends across the Rocky Mountain region.
- Mapping wireline log properties.
Also, meeting organizers have planned a public session addressing Niobrara exploration and production concerns, addressing questions on geology, land, water and governmental regulations that surround Niobrara oil and gas development. Other technical sessions will address:
- CO2 EOR and sequestration.
- EMD sessions on geothermal, uranium and coal.
- Evaluation of unconventional plays.
- Rocky Mountain structure.
- Stratigraphy and sedimentology.