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The Energy Minerals Division is excited to present its technical program and activities for the upcoming AAPG Annual Convention in Houston April 9-12. EMD has a very attractive program and both EMD and AAPG members will be treated to a variety of technical sessions, short courses and a lignite field trip.

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Explorer Article

Still going strong: The Barnett Shale continues merrily on its prolific ways, thanks in part to the Texas-sized success there of horizontal drilling

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Arkoma Basin gas play. The next big thing? Explorers are scrambling to grab leases in the Arkoma Basin’s shale-gas play.

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Check out some of the major discoveries reported over the past year.

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Let's get small: The Department of Energy's Microhole Technology Program is intended to slash costs and reduce the environmental impact of oil and gas drilling.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

You say 'well' and Geoprober respond 'how deep?' with this use of coil tubing drilling costs for simple deepwater, shallow microhole exploration may diminish.

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There are several projects pushing microhole technology closer to commercial hands through DOE funding

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Saving private history: Some valuable core data from Panhandle oil booms and busts have a new home and a new lease on life.

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A little help from their friends: The Rockies have taken on an international feel this year, thanks to drilling demands that are outpacing equipment availability. China to the rescue?

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A gift that keeps on giving: The Gulf of Mexico is not only healthy, it continues to be the star of the show for the U.S. petroleum industry.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
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.

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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Request a visit from Sherilyn Williams-Stroud!

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 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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Request a visit from Noelle Joy Purcell!

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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.

Request a visit from David Weinberg!

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