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“Don’t you care about the environment?” DEG’s founder and first president – and an AAPG past president and legend – Bruno Hanson directly challenged me with that question.
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How many times have you kicked yourself because you made decisions without really having time to get all the expert opinions? When could your team have been better – both in determining where to explore and how to complete a well?
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There’s been a lot of good news recently about water and hydraulic fracturing: the EPA’s and other scientists’ research into water consumption for hydraulic fracturing found minimal strain on water resources, and natural gas power generation significantly reduces water use in power generation.
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In the past 15 years global methane hydrate research has moved from predicting general locations where deposits might occur to drilling and testing potentially commercial subsurface deposits offshore and in the Arctic. Now, the United States, Japan, South Korea and India are launching additional offshore drilling and production tests.

Why should care about methane hydrates? First, the world will continue to depend on fossil fuels well past 2040, and natural gas is the cleanest option. Second, some countries that have little indigenous energy have potentially large methane hydrate resources--Japan, South Korea and India for example. Therefore, methane hydrate production could change the dynamics of global energy trade. Finally, methane hydrates occur in low concentrations on the seafloor and in shallow subsea sediments around the world, including the arctic. Research is needed to understand the conditions under which these hydrates may dissociate and release methane.

This presentation will review the current research and field tests, and evaluate the potential for future natural gas production from hydrates.
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Over the past ten years, oil and natural gas production has boomed. At the same time, the public has grown more concerned about the impact of energy production on health, safety and the environment. This presents an especially interesting science policy problem because of the paucity of scientific data regarding the sources, composition and volumes of air and water emissions from oil and gas operations. These data are necessary to guide emission-mitigation technology and regulation.

This presentation will examine two examples of data limitations that affect energy policy.

  • Several years ago, hydraulic fracturing was indicted for causing methane in Appalachian aquifers. However, a careful look at historic data and new geochemical studies show that most of the methane is naturally occurring, and from formations other than the Marcellus. Thus, policies simply banning hydraulic fracturing may do little to solve this problem.
  • Scientists have long known that energy production may be associated with increased seismicity and recently hydraulic fracturing and wastewater disposal wells have been implicated in the increasing numbers of small, felt earthquakes in the mid-continent. Recent research shows that a small percentage of wastewater injection wells and an even smaller percentage of hydraulic fracturing treatments are inducing earthquakes. In addition, the results of mitigation procedures implemented in Oklahoma will soon be available.
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Unconventional resources have propelled the United States to the top of the world’s energy producers, and the downturn is just another opportunity to figure out how to keep getting better.
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Some of the world’s most spectacular and geologically fascinating sights will be showcased in nine field trips planned in conjunction with September’s AAPG-SEG International Conference and Exhibition (ACE) in Melbourne, Australia, Sept. 13-16.
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One of the challenges confronting carbon dioxide capture and sequestration (CCS) in geologic media over extended periods of time is determining the caprock sealing capacity. If the pressure of supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) injected in the repository overcomes the caprock sealing capacity, leaking of scCO2 may enter other porous formations, compromising the storage formation, or even may go back to the atmosphere, and thus the process of sequestration becomes futile.

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Imagine a future swarming with jellyfish but lacking in oysters, where algal mats smother coral reefs and salmon stocks plummet – a future in which the ocean is more than 100 percent more acidic than today.
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BOEM’s regulatory role of G&G Permitting on the OCS provides an oversight mechanism which allows industry to collect G&G data (needed to explore and produce Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) mineral resources) in an orderly manner and ensures the data collection is done in an environmentally sound way to preserve and protect other OCS resources. The talk is focused on G&G permitting in the Atlantic. It lists (with illustrations) the various types of G&G permitted activities. In explaining the steps in the Atlantic permitting process, it highlights the coordination needed between BOEM and other agencies and typical mitigations that may be required related to marine mammals, protected species and archaeological resources.

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