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While the outcry against the petroleum industry drilling in residential areas is as high as ever, a small, privately-held petroleum and real estate company in Midland, Texas, is making headlines for pulling off what some might consider an impossible feat: creating communities where people are willingly moving onto active oil and gas fields and living harmoniously with t he industry.

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The Wolfcamp formation in the Permian’s Delaware Basin kicks out impressive volumes of hydrocarbons. The play is considered to have great promise, as it’s currently viewed as a kind of adolescent in terms of its maturity.
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Explorer Director’s Corner

Unconventional resources have changed the exploration and production business and are changing our profession. It’s a change for the better, where today geoscientists and engineers work closely to identify prospective areas, drill them and optimize recovery of hydrocarbons from the reservoir.
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Explorer Emphasis

After the city of Denton, Texas, in the Barnett Shale voted to ban hydraulic fracturing last November, the Texas legislature shifted into high gear to ensure no other Texas town would follow Denton’s renegade move.
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Unconventional plays in the Permian Basin are nothing new to the shale scene, as the basin has been horizontally drilled and hydraulically fractured for years. Still, a new approach for evaluating sweet spots, particularly in the Avalon Shale of the play’s Delaware Basin, is slowly changing the way unconventional resources are explored – and perhaps one day, developed.
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Explorer Foundation Update

This year’s AAPG Foundation Professor of the Year, AAPG member Joseph Satterfield of Angelo State University, had a unique problem when he first arrived at the school. There wasn’t a geology department – well, not much of one, anyway.
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Learn! Blog

This course is part of AAPG’s upcoming Fundamentals Education Conference, taking place November 9-13, in Houston, TX.  It is excellent for geologists, geophysicists, engineers, techs or anyone who will make maps on the computer and/or needs to assess the veracity of maps made on the computer.
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Engineers and geologists can learn from each other to optimize drilling, completions, and operations. Join us on September 23 in OKC for a truly astounding line-up of presentations, posters, and cores that will help you increase production and reduce costs.
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AAPG’s Fundamentals Education Conference (FEC) gives you the opportunity to get quality, concentrated continuing education in a short time all in one convenient location. The diverse range of sessions and speakers allows you to mix and match the topics according to your interests and career needs.  
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Houston, Texas, United States
1-4 December 2015
This course is designed to give participants the basic working tools to explore and develop hydrocarbons in salt basins. Because no two basins are alike, the focus is on understanding the processes and styles of salt-related deformation. At course completion participants should be able to under the depositional setting of layered evaporites, describe the mechanics of salt flow, interpret salt and stratal geometries associated with diapirs, salt welds, and minibasins, and assess more accurately the risks in the exploration of salt basins.
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Abilene, Texas, United States
11 January 2016

The AAPG Southwest Section presents the 2016 Bill Hailey Memorial Short Course in Abilene, Texas. Dr. Matthew J. Pranter will be speaking on "Fundamentals of Reservoir Characterization and Modeling".

Questions? Contact Jean Campbell, Continuing Education Committee Chair.

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Fort Worth, Texas, United States
12 January 2016

The AAPG Southwest Section presents the 2016 Bill Hailey Memorial Short Course in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Matthew J. Pranter will be speaking on "Fundamentals of Reservoir Characterization and Modeling".

Questions? Contact Jean Campbell, Continuing Education Committee Chair.

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15 February - 29 April 2016

The winning team's PowerPoint presentation must be sent to Mike Mlynek by the IBA Coordinator directly after the Region's event. Exceptions to this deadline date must be filed with the IBA Committee by 21 December 2015.

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Houston, Texas, United States
29 February - 1 March 2016

The course starts with patterns of carbonate deposition and moves on to an examination of modern analogs for ancient sediments, diagenesis, and select case histories of Paleozoic and Mesozoic basin reservoirs.

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Abilene, Texas, United States
10-12 April 2016
Save the date! The 2016 SWS AAPG annual meeting is to be held in Abilene, Texas. Watch the SWS website for details as they unfold.
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
17-18 June 2016

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
19 June 2016

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Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
18-20 September 2016

Save the date for the 2016 Gulf Coast Association Geological Societies (GCAGS) Annual Meeting. Watch the website for details to come.

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