DEG Spheres of Influence December 2016

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

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The DEG already is halfway through its year, which begs the timely questions: What have we accomplished, and what does the future have in store for us?


What is the DEG? Get a refresher of the mission statement and purpose of the Division of Environmental Geosciences.


Meet the Vice-President and Managing Editor for 2016-17.


Yes, the movie may get an Oscar for spectacular visual effects. Yes, noteworthy actors play key wellsite leaders who will shock viewers with disturbing actions and decisions. Yes, the movie treats with great respect those who survived and the 11 who died.


The U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) is facing significant challenges related to the storage and availability of its crude oil resources. Approved for construction by the 1975 Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), the storage sites were envisioned to be needed for 25 years and are subject to an estimated five drawdown cycles (Shages, 2014). In retrospect, the design has not matched actual use, and this has led to degradation of the SPR and impacted its ability to perform its function.


Geoscience students, survey workers and a professor conducted a one-month field project in southern Malawi to better understand the role of pre-existing structures on the architecture of new faults created by rifting.