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Unconventional resource plays are sprouting up across the country, especially projects in search of gas or oil production from shale.

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In the under-appreciated “The Two Jakes,” a 1990 film in part about the burgeoning oil deposits in the Los Angeles Basin circa 1940, we hear the line: ' ... you might think you know what's going on around here, but ... you don't.'

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For many outside the oil industry, the term scenic oil island may be something of an oxymoron, on the order of concerned banker or designer t-shirt.

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A dirty shame: In a country where earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis are a constant threat, a deadly mudflow is wreaking havoc.

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Vertical seismic profile (VSP) has been around for some time as a tool to provide time-to-depth for seismic well-ties.

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The next few years will begin a dramatic increase in coiled-tubing drilling (CTD), slimhole drilling and microbore applications. That could bring a handsome payoff to anyone who solves the downhole geology puzzle.

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The success of technological plays such as the Barnett Shale and other shales has proven the potential of shale-gas resources -- and if the recent number of technical sessions, short courses and workshops on gas shales is any indication of its significance, gas shales will be an important component of the world gas supply in the future.

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Since 1994, the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC) has been a recognized force in the realm of technology transfer in the oil and gas industry.

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Alberta’s Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) is underlain by numerous, stacked coal seams permeated with methane, and contains twice the amount of gas in place than all of the CBM basins in the continental United

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Southwestern Energy Co. of Houston pioneered the Fayetteville shale play on the Arkansas side of the Arkoma Basin.

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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

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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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

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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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

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!

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