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A helping hand? Perhaps, because a new royalty relief initiative is being proposed by the Minerals Management Service.

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Shallow water, deep gas: In the scramble to find and produce new gas resources, operators are looking to the Gulf of Mexico to save the day.

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Fighting the 'good fight' ... this geologist helps the environmentally conscious understand her job.

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Access to public lands for natural resources development continues to be a hot-button topic for much of the United States — but in the Rocky Mountains, it is becoming a “battleground.”

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While the technology to drill a horizontal well has been with us a long time, asset teams now have the background to consider the geology in planning to maximize the reservoir.

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A recent geologic study may shed light on the New Madrid, a mid-western U.S. seismic zone that is much discussed but little understood.

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Tom Temple's poster on 'The Use of Seismic Stratigraphy for Waste Site Characterization' will be presented during the morning of Tuesday, May 13, at the AAPG Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City.

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They're not just for oil anymore: Seismic technologies are proving their value in the environmental arena.

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Anthropology and energy exploration may seem to be strange bedfellows, but when it comes to global efforts in exotic locations, it's an increasingly valuable marriage.

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It’s technically challenging to drill through 640 meters of permafrost and 110 meters of gas hydrates.

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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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Request a visit from Noelle Joy Purcell!

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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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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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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!

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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!

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