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The LUSI mud volcano continued to generate spirited debate among geoscientists at a special session in Cape Town to discuss its causes.

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There were many reasons why the recent AAPG International Conference and Exhibition in Cape Town was a success – but “diversity” may be the word to remember.

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Gas shales have advanced to an economic gas play since the year 2000 thanks to a combination of high gas prices, shale reservoir characterization and advances in drilling and completion technology.

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Strong demand from both old and new unconventional plays is having a huge impact on drilling technology – and on rig availability as well.

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And now, the rest of the story: Production from some big-name field developments in the Gulf of Mexico is finally about to begin.

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Success stories may abound, but a lot of innovative thought already has been required for the complex Woodford Shale play in Oklahoma’s Arkoma Basin.

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A team effort: A special research consortium has been formed to better understand the geology and potential of the Bakken Shale.

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A brand new day: Louisiana's new Haynesville Shale play is being touted as the harbinger of what may open an untapped region to prolific gas production.

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What makes the Woodford shale play work? Hundreds of wells are about to be drilled to determine if the play is a bust or the next Barnett.

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Repulsion without a cause? A special forum at the AAPG International Conference and Exhibition in Cape Town will look at the possible reasons for the tragic Lusi mud volcano.

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Short Course
Houston, Texas
Thursday, 11 June Friday, 12 June 2020, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Deltas are extremely important depositional systems and often source and contain prolific hydrocarbon accumulations. This workshop includes topical lectures, key cores, and a suite of exercises that integrate core, well logs, experimental flume data, and seismic sections to develop identification and subsurface mapping skills of hydrocarbon accumulations within deltaic settings.

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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.

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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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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.

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VG Abstract

This lecture will discuss the differences between carbonates and siliciclastics from their chemical composition through their distributions in time and space. Building on these fundamental differences, we will explore the challenges carbonates pose to petroleum geologists in terms of seismic interpretation, reservoir quality prediction, field development, etc. Peppered with humorous personal stories, still raging academic debates, and the heartfelt frustrations of real industry professionals, the aim is to inspire students and young professionals to rise to the occasion and embrace the reservoir rocks that petroleum geologists love to hate.

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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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