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Ongoing drought conditions in the Pacific Section affect everybody, especially the oil industry.

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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 Division Column DPA

 

In the past eight months, our industry has continued to be challenged by low commodity prices resulting in difficult times for many geoscientists in our industry. To everyone who has been affected and to those of you who are concerned that you will be, remember to stay focused and be optimistic about your future.

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In the interest of continuing my theme of “Spreading the Word” about AAPG’s Division of Professional Affairs, here’s an update on some exciting events organized by DPA members for the spring of 2016. Many of you may be familiar with the Playmaker concept, as we have previously held five very successful events.
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Explorer Division Column EMD

 

The Energy and Minerals Division of the AAPG focuses on unconventional hydrocarbon energy resources, such as coalbed methane and gas hydrates and alternative energy resources, such as coal, uranium and geothermal energy. These resources are important to members of AAPG.

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Explorer Emphasis

 

Oil companies and environmentalists are popularly – albeit inaccurately – perceived as natural enemies by the general public. But, the marine life dwelling offshore California and other oil-producing locales knows nothing of this supposed antagonism. All they know are the drilling rigs where they thrive.

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Explorer Historical Highlight

 

When Occidental Petroleum Corporation was reorganized in 1959, its total oil production was some 100 barrels per day. By the time Moammar Gaddaffi nationalized the industry in 1969, Oxy Libya, the wholly owned subsidiary, was producing 800,000 barrels per day. Such an amount made Oxy Libya the eighth largest producer in the world.

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Explorer Policy Watch

 

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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Student Outlook

 

Active U.S. military service members (including National Guard and Reserve) or veteran members are encouraged to apply for an AAPG Foundation scholarship of up to $4,000. Application deadline is 11:5 (CST), April 15, 2016.

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Active U.S. military service members (including National Guard and Reserve) or veteran members are encouraged to apply for an AAPG Foundation scholarship of up to $4,000.

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Palo Alto, California, United States
13-18 June 2016

This six-day field seminar is designed to provide participants with an appreciation of the broad range of deep-water reservoir facies, the mechanisms by which they were deposited, their predictive attributes, their reservoir heterogeneity and their stratigraphic architecture.

Calgary Alberta Canada 17 June, 2016 18 June, 2016 22649
 
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
17-18 June 2016

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
19 June 2016

Kona (Waikoloa Village) Hawaii United States 18 September, 2016 24 September, 2016 27666
 
Kona (Waikoloa Village), Hawaii, United States
18-24 September 2016

The Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists will be holding their 2016 Annual Meeting in Kona, Hawaii, September 18-24, 2016.

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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
2-5 October 2016

Save the Date for the joint AAPG Rocky Mountain Section-AAPG Pacific Section Meeting. Watch the website for details to come. 

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Kurt Edward Neher Kurt Edward Neher President (2015-2016) California Resources Corporation (661) 412-5203
John Thomas Williams John Thomas Williams Past President (2015-2016) Petrolog Inc (805) 231-3793
Robert A. Horton, Jr. Robert A. Horton, Jr. President Elect (2015-2016) Cal. State Univ. (Bksfd) (661) 654-3059
Laura Merrill Bazeley Laura Merrill Bazeley Vice President (2015-2016) WZI Inc. (661) 326-1112
Shane Michael Peterson Shane Michael Peterson Secretary (2015-2016) Chevron (920) 246-2562
Rebecca Michelle DeMarais Rebecca Michelle DeMarais Treasurer (2015-2016) California Resources Corporation (661) 412-5118
Lisa Ann Alpert Lisa Ann Alpert Treasurer Elect (2015-2016) Aera Energy LLC 661-665-5557
Vaughn Grant Thompson Vaughn Grant Thompson Editor-in-Chief (2014-2016) California Resources Corporation (661) 633-4748
Stephen Anthony Reid Stephen Anthony Reid Advisory Counselor (2015-2018) California Resources Corporation (661) 412-5467

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