Bulletin Article

 
Apatite fission track (AFT) and vitrinite reflectance data from five exploration wells and three seafloor cores illuminate the thermal history of the underexplored United States Chukchi shelf. On the northeastern shelf, Triassic strata in the Chevron 1 Diamond well record apatite annealing followed by cooling, possibly during the Triassic to Middle Jurassic, which is a thermal history likely related to Canada Basin rifting.
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Explorer Article

 

The current downturn in the oil and gas industry slammed into parts of the United States like a locomotive. For many oil and gas-producing states, the impact was immediate and substantial. But for U.S. cities hit by the industry’s troubles, it’s been more of a slow-motion train wreck.

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With Shell abandoning its exploration plans in the Chukchi Sea in September and Statoil following suit in November, many might believe that the North Slope Basin off the northern coast of Alaska has been condemned. Yet those who have put decades into studying the geology of Alaska’s North Slope and Outer Continental Shelf believe the opposite.

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Explorer Emphasis

 

In an industry downturn, companies tend to focus on ways to develop new technologies. Some of these technologies include drones, autonomous underwater vehicles, robotics in operations and advanced analytics.

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Can the oil and gas industry innovate its way out of a dismal period for exploration? And just how bad is the global exploration picture?

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While many are working to forecast when the price of oil might reach $80 a barrel again, renowned international strategist and geopolitical analyst Peter Zeihan, the author of “The Accidental Superpower,” predicts in stunning detail the rising and declining energy plays of 2025 and the countries that will ultimately triumph as the world’s leading producers.
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Explorer Policy Watch

 

The 114th Congress accomplished few of its oil and gas-related legislative goals, in spite of the fact that Republicans, who generally support fossil fuel development, held the majority in both the House and Senate – the first time since the 109th Congress (2005-07).

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Arctic energy is in the news as summer steams into Washington, D.C. Major issues include the midpoint of the two-year U.S. chair of the Arctic Council; public campaigns for and against including the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas in the 2017-22 offshore oil and gas leasing plan; and plans for the United States to build the first heavy icebreaker in 40 years.

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Three outer continental shelf (OCS) oil and gas issues were prominent in 2015 policy debates and will continue in the policy limelight in 2016 as the federal government moves to release final versions of the permits, plans and rules.

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For over two years Congress has complained about delays in the government permitting process for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals, and several bills were introduced to accelerate the processing of natural gas export applications.

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Field Seminar

Houston Texas United States 06 April, 2017 06 April, 2017 36590
 
Houston, Texas, United States
6 April 2017

In Conjunction with AAPG 2017 Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE)
The Spindletop trip takes participants to the site of the “Lucas Gusher,” where on January 10th, 1901 in Beaumont, Texas, 100,000 barrels per day gushed from a salt dome formation. This discovery changed the economy of Texas and helped to usher in the modern petroleum age. The first six gushers in the Spindletop field produced more oil per day than the combined production of all the other producing fields in the world. The Lucas geyser, found at a depth of 1,139 feet, blew a stream of oil over 100 feet high until it was capped nine days later. Lucas and the Hamills finally controlled the geyser on January 19, when a huge pool of oil surrounded it. By that time, throngs of oilmen, speculators, and onlookers had already transformed the city of Beaumont. A new age was born.

El Paso Texas United States 05 April, 2017 08 April, 2017 36585
 
El Paso, Texas, United States
5-8 April 2017

In Conjunction with AAPG 2017 Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE)
The field trip will include stops at Shumard Canyon and Bone Canyon to observe the scale and internal architecture of submarine channels incising the bedrock of the relict platform. Other field-trip stops will include Stratotype Canyon, Black Stove Canyon, and Rest Area Gully to observe basin-restricted carbonate and siliclcastic sediment gravity flow deposits, carbonate channel-levee complexes, failure scours associated with the downslope transport of olistostromal blocks, and thick (>50 m) accumulations of recumbently folded deposits associated with these failure events.

Houston Texas United States 02 April, 2017 02 April, 2017 36575
 
Houston, Texas, United States
2 April 2017

In Conjunction with AAPG 2017 Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE)
This field trip explores Panther Creek, a natural laboratory to explore the morphology and sedimentological processes of a meandering creek system. Panther Creek is just a short drive north from Houston, tucked away just south of The Woodlands, Texas in the Montgomery County Preserve.

Houston Texas United States 30 March, 2017 02 April, 2017 36555
 
Houston, Texas, United States
30 March - 2 April 2017

In Conjunction with AAPG 2017 Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE)
This field trip to the Cambrian microbial facies in the Mason, Texas, area will highlight several aspects of microbialite reservoirs including their composition, size and geometry. The Mason, Texas, outcrops afford spectacular views of both cross-section and plan views of microbialite facies, offering an opportunity for a truly 3-D view of the architecture of these potential reservoirs.

Short Course

Houston Texas United States 01 April, 2017 02 April, 2017 35009
 
Houston, Texas, United States
1-2 April 2017

In Conjunction with AAPG 2017 Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE)
This two-day short course is designed to teach graduate students the principles, concepts, and methodologies of sequence stratigraphy.

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