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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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Everywhere I go and in every conversation I have with AAPG members, sooner or later – and it’s usually sooner– I’m asked what I’m hearing about the duration of this low price cycle. We’ve all heard the old saying that prediction is difficult, especially of the future.

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Every major producer in the Middle East will be represented at AAPG’s upcoming GEO 2016 conference in Bahrain next month.

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For the oil industry, the most worrisome news coming out of the Middle East doesn’t involve geopolitics. It’s well known by now that Iran wants to increase production by at least 500,000 barrels of oil per day as the lifting of international sanctions allows it to resume crude exports. But Iran isn’t alone.

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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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In December 2015, the Committee on Offshore Science and Assessment held its inaugural meeting at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). The committee, which was established by NAS’s Ocean Studies and Earth Sciences Boards, is sponsored by The Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). The primary purpose of this new committee is for NAS to assist BOEM by providing ongoing scientific feedback to most effectively manage the nation’s offshore energy resources in a way that is both environmentally and economically sound.

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Despite the challenges to the industry and the profession, last year was an eventful one for the AAPG Foundation. Here are just a few of the highlights of Foundation programs in 2015.
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The idea of nationalizing Venezuela’s oil industry had been in the wind for a few years leading up to 1976, and conditions in the global oil market lent considerable momentum to the popularity of the proposal. Weighed in the balance of 40 years of hindsight, though, nationalization has proven to be nothing short of tragic for the nation’s oil and gas sector.
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The long-term projections have changed little in the year since this column last reported on the annual International Energy Agency (IEA) “World Energy Outlook,” but the tone is much different. Last year’s report was concerned about finding the investments to meet demand; now the world has surpluses of oil and gas and a booming renewables industry.  
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The International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) is one of AAPG’s premier events in the eastern hemisphere. Emulating the integrated multidisciplinary nature of today’s E&P workflows, IPTC is a partnership of four geoscience and engineering societies: AAPG, the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
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In-Person Training
Buenos Aires Argentina 11 May, 2015 12 May, 2015 14137 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/extending-mature-fields-life-cycles-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Structure, Structural Analysis (Other), Geomechanics and Fracture Analysis, Compressional Systems, Fold and Thrust Belts, Extensional Systems, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Sequence Stratigraphy, Clastics, Conventional Sandstones, Eolian Sandstones, Lacustrine Deposits, Carbonates, (Carbonate) Shelf Sand Deposits, Petrophysics and Well Logs, Geophysics, Seismic, Magnetic, Gravity, Direct Hydrocarbon Indicators, Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Basin Modeling, Maturation, Oil and Gas Analysis, Source Rock, Petroleum Systems, Environmental, Ground Water, Remote Sensing, Reservoir Characterization, Engineering, Seismic Attributes, Geochemical Fingerprinting, 3D Seismic, Production, Tertiary Recovery, Secondary Recovery, Primary Recovery, Drive Mechanisms, Development and Operations, Conventional Drilling, Coring, Business and Economics, Risk Analysis, Reserve Estimation, Resource Estimates, Economics, Deep Sea / Deepwater, Deepwater Turbidites, Marine, Shelf Sand Deposits, Slope, Carbonate Reefs, Carbonate Platforms, Hydraulic Fracturing
 
Buenos Aires, Argentina
11-12 May 2015

Join leading scientists and industry practitioners at Extending Mature Fields’ Life Cycles: the Role of New Technologies & Integrated Strategies, a Geoscience Technology Workshop (GTW) organized by the AAPG Latin America Region and the Asociación Argentina de Geólogos y Geofísicos Petroleros (AAGGP).

Houston Texas United States 02 March, 2016 02 March, 2016 24113 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/ec-wec-application-of-stable-isotope-geochemistry-in-the-petroleum-geosciences-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Isotopes, Oil and Gas Analysis, Business and Economics, Risk Analysis, Petroleum Systems, Geochemistry, Petroleum Systems
 
Houston, Texas, United States
2 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.

Houston Texas United States 04 March, 2016 04 March, 2016 13408 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/ec-wec-log-analysis-of-hydrocarbon-bearing-shale-reservoirs-v2.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Petrophysics and Well Logs, Oil Shale, Shale Gas, Business and Economics, Resource Estimates, Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Source Rock, Oil and Gas Analysis, Maturation, Geochemistry, Maturity of Source Rock, Geology, Petrophysical Analysis, Engineering, Reservoir Characterization
 
Houston, Texas, United States
4 March 2016

This one day course will include background material on hydrocarbon-bearing shales, methods of evaluation, and case studies of both gas and oil bearing shales.

Denver Colorado United States 24 March, 2016 24 March, 2016 26478 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/Midland-playmaker-forum-2015-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Business and Economics
 
Denver, Colorado, United States
24 March 2016

The Rockies Playmaker Discovery Forum is focused on the elements both, commercial and scientific/technical, required to successfully get from lease sale to discovery. It will focus on the skills as well as professional and ethics requirements for prospecting, play generation, and deal screening.

Austin Texas United States 26 April, 2016 28 April, 2016 24006 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/Petrophysics-and-Well-Logs-Discussion-Group-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Petrophysics and Well Logs, Business and Economics, Reserve Estimation
 
Austin, Texas, United States
26-28 April 2016

Course Focus For Today’s Low Priced Oil Environment

This year a major focus of the course will be how to identify tight oil sand from DSTs to use as candidates for horizontal wells with multi-stage frac’s.  However we also identify better permeability zones which are damaged and can be simply re-entered and re-perfed in a cheaper vertical well. “No need for an expensive horizontal well where a simple vertical well will do the trick”. We also cover using water DSTs to find zones for water disposal wells pertinent today.
Houston Texas United States 17 May, 2016 18 May, 2016 27184 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/rethinking-reservoirs-new-approaches-techniques-solutions-for-difficult-times-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Business and Economics, Engineering, Development and Operations, Production, Drive Mechanisms, Depletion Drive, Water Drive, Hydraulic Fracturing, Primary Recovery, Secondary Recovery, Tertiary Recovery, Chemical Flooding Processes, Reservoir Characterization, Geochemistry and Basin Modeling, Oil and Gas Analysis, Oil Seeps, Petroleum Systems, Geophysics, Seismic, Petrophysics and Well Logs, Fractured Carbonate Reservoirs, Shale Gas, Stratigraphic Traps, Structural Traps, Subsalt Traps, Tight Gas Sands
 
Houston, Texas, United States
17-18 May 2016

The goal of this two-day workshop is to develop strategies for success in difficult times. We will bring together engineers, geologists and geophysicists to explore new ideas, workflows, techniques, and technologies for revitalizing existing wells.

Rio de Janeiro Brazil 18 May, 2016 19 May, 2016 24695 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/exploration-production-challenges-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true Business and Economics, Economics, Reserve Estimation, Resource Estimates, Risk Analysis, Development and Operations, Engineering, Conventional Drilling, Geophysics, Seismic, Carbonates, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, (Carbonate) Shelf Sand Deposits, Carbonate Platforms, Clastics, Conventional Sandstones, Deep Sea / Deepwater, Deepwater Turbidites, Marine, Reservoir Characterization, Structural Traps, Subsalt Traps, Stratigraphic Traps
 
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
18-19 May 2016

A Geosciences technology workshop hosted by the Associação Brasileira de Geólogos de Petróleo  (ABGP) and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

Online Training
21 August, 2014 21 August, 2099 10831 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/esymp-mexicos-oil-and-gas-history-new-discoveries-opportunities-and-energy-reform-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true
 
21 August 2014 - 21 August 2099
The goal of this e-symposium is to review the status of the Mexican upstream sector, and to provide a review of the most prolific and prospective areas in Mexico, with a focus on opportunities for international participation, given the upcoming energy reform in Mexico. 
02 October, 2014 02 October, 2014 10593 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/esymp-concepts-of-scale-horizontal-development-of-wolfcamp-shale-oil-of-the-southern-midland-basin-hero.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true
 
2 October 2014
This course is ideal for individuals involved in Midland Basin exploration and development. Successful development of Wolfcamp shale oil relies on complex inter-relationships (ultimately interdependencies) within and between a wide variety of scientific disciplines, financial entities, and company partnerships. 
01 January, 2014 01 January, 9999 3160 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/oc-toc-strategic-decision-making.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true
 
1 January 2014 - 1 January 9999

Learn to critically evaluate current issues that can impact growth and sustainability of oil and gas ventures.

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12 April 2012

This seminar focuses on the role geoscience leaders and mentors play in retaining top talent.

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1 January 2013 - 1 January 9999

This course will help you turn challenges into opportunities as you learn to strategically manage technological innovation, financial turmoil, a changing workforce, unpredictable social media, and tight deadlines.

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16 February 2012

This presentation describes a proven workflow that uses a standard narrow azimuth 3D seismic, conventional logs, image logs and core data to build five key reservoir properties required for an optimal development of shale plays.

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28 July 2011

This presentation discusses one operator’s approach to fully integrate data captured in the Marcellus Shale in order to optimize horizontal well performance.

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14 December 2010

Recent interest in unconventional gas resources has attracted several oil and gas explorers to sedimentary basins in Southern Quebec.

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9 December 2010

The Mississippian-Devonian Bakken Petroleum System of the Williston Basin is characterized by low-porosity and permeability reservoirs, organic-rich source rocks, and regional hydrocarbon charge.

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19 August 2010

This presentation will show where there are cases of missing sections, but none of them can be attributed to normal faulting.

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19 November 2009

This presentation will review the results of ongoing carbon storage research in Kentucky by the Kentucky Geological Survey (KGS) and industry partners.

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11 February 2010

Gas hydrates, ice-like substances composed of water and gas molecules (methane, ethane, propane, etc.), occur in permafrost areas and in deep water marine environments.

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1 January 2013 - 1 January 9999

Renewable & Non-Renewable Resources is an online course that enables participants to review, analyze, and evaluate opportunities in the rapidly expanding market for renewable energy.

01 January, 2013 31 December, 2016 1449 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/oc-cc-biomass-energy-basics.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true
 
1 January 2013 - 31 December 2016

Biomass Energy Basics is an online course that enables participants to review, analyze, and evaluate opportunities in the rapidly expanding market for biopower and biofuel.

01 January, 2013 01 January, 9999 1448 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/oc-cc-solar-energy-basics.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true
 
1 January 2013 - 1 January 9999

Solar Energy Basics is an online course that enables participants to review, analyze, and evaluate opportunities in the rapidly expanding market for solar energy.

01 January, 2013 31 December, 2016 1447 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/oc-cc-wind-energy-basics.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true
 
1 January 2013 - 31 December 2016

Wind Energy Basics is an online course that enables participants to review, analyze, and evaluate opportunities in the rapidly expanding market for wind energy.

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1 January 2013 - 1 January 9999

Geothermal Energy Basics is an online course that enables participants to review, analyze, and evaluate opportunities in the rapidly expanding market for geothermal energy.

01 January, 2013 01 January, 9999 450 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/oc-es-wind-farm-operations.jpg?width=100&height=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true
 
1 January 2013 - 1 January 9999

The presenters will discuss effective management of wind farm operations and the challenges often encountered. 

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