PSGD Blog

The AAPG Petroleum Structure and Geomechanics Division (PSGD) has announced the 2016 Best Paper Awards at the Annual Convention and Exhibition in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Congratulations to William L. Ellsworth, awarded 'Best Recent Publication' for 'Injection-induced earthquakes, Science, v. 341, DOI: 10.1126/science.1225942'. We thank everyone for nominating the candidates. We also thank Bob Krantz, Bob Hatcher, and Gary Couples for their diligent work on the PSGD Best Paper Committee.

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American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Explorer Emphasis Article

One of the most productive regions in the petroleum world for almost a century, the Permian Basin is far from tapped out, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey assessment.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Explorer Emphasis Article

The recent and apparently large oil discoveries on Alaska’s North Slope by Caelus Energy Alaska and Armstrong Oil & Gas, Inc. and its partner Repsol have shown the world that giants may still exist in the 49th state. And, more might be waiting to be found.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Explorer Article

The first installment of our new monthly feature celebrating “The Next 100 Years” of AAPG examines our global energy future. The world of the future will need energy that is affordable, available, reliable and sustainable. But no form of energy is perfect and the availability and use of resources – from fossil to nuclear to renewable – vary by region.

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Learn! Blog

Optimizing reservoirs and developing an ever-evolving intelligent model of a reservoir are key concerns for operators, particularly in challenging times. For that reason, they must have good production geologists on hand. A production geologist bridges a number of disciplines, most notably geology and engineering, but also geochemistry, geophysics, and numerical methods. Welcome to an interview with Terngu Utim who discusses production geology, its new potential and opportunities.

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American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Explorer President’s Column

One of the most gratifying functions I have had the honor to perform as AAPG president is the interaction with those selected to receive awards from AAPG.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Explorer Emphasis Article

Technological innovations are the life-blood that keeps the oil and gas industry not just alive, but growing, albeit sometimes at a snail’s pace. The current improved, yet still-struggling industry is testament to what technology can accomplish.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Explorer Emphasis Article

The Catoosa Test Facility recently completed a $2.5 million expansion that will double borehole testing capacity for oilfield manufacturers in the research and development phase of new product development.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Explorer Emphasis Article

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?

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Learn! Blog

Finding new ways to reduce the cost of hydraulic fracturing while improving its effectiveness has been the focus of much research. AltaRock (http://altarockenergy.com/) has developed unique new diverters that can be customized to increase zonal coverage. Welcome to an interview with Laura Nofziger, AltaRock Energy, who discusses new geothermal crossover technologies to improve stimulation and production in oil and gas wells.

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Workshop
Virtual Workshop
Tuesday, 8 March Wednesday, 9 March 2022, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This two-day virtual conference aims to bring together industrial and academic persons to present, explore and develop approaches that will benefit both sectors in the future. The virtual conference will focus on current techniques, the challenges and future solutions in understanding the Triassic stratigraphy of the North Sea, Norwegian Sea, West of Shetland, Atlantic margins, and northern Europe.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
VG Abstract

Hydraulic fracturing has been around for decades. This talk describes some of the first applications of the technology, how it developed over time, and our current understanding of its impacts with some discussion of both water and earthquake hazards.

Request a visit from Sherilyn Williams-Stroud!

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
VG Abstract

Analysis of microseismicity induced by hydraulic fracture stimulation in the Marcellus Shale shows changes in stress state for different zones of failure. During the treatment, shear failure occurs on both the J1 and J2 fracture orientations in response to different maximum stress orientations, indicating localized changes in the orientation during the treatment. Reactivation of a fault near the wellbore is associated with failure mechanisms with a higher volumetric component, indicating possible inflation of faults and fractures by the introduction of the slurry. Quantification of the stress conditions that are associated with inflation could potentially be used to optimize the stimulation by identifying which fractures will preferentially take on slurry volume.

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American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
VG Abstract

Microseismicity induced by hydraulic fracture stimulation of a horizontal well was mapped with a near-surface buried array. Distinct linear trends of events were not parallel to the direction of fast shear wave polarization measured in the reservoir with a crossed-dipole anisotropy tool. Analysis of core from a nearby well revealed numerous calcite-filled fractures that did not induce shear wave polarization, but did significantly impact the failure behavior of the reservoir rock during the stimulation treatment. Hydraulic fracture simulation with DFN modeling and source mechanism analysis supports the interpretation of reactivated existing fractures rather than the formation of hydraulically-induced tensile fractures.

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Request a visit from Sherilyn Williams-Stroud!

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
VG Abstract

This is a less-technical education topic. It can be condensed to an hour or given as 2 two-hour sessions. It stresses selected controversial aspects of fracking that touch some combination of environment and economics and includes a short video of how fracking is done.

Request a visit from David Weinberg!

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