Energy Policy Blog

In December 2015, the Committee on Offshore Science and Assessment held its inaugural meeting at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). The committee, which was established by NAS’s Ocean Studies and Earth Sciences Boards, is sponsored by The Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). The primary purpose of this new committee is for NAS to assist BOEM by providing ongoing scientific feedback to most effectively manage the nation’s offshore energy resources in a way that is both environmentally and economically sound.

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Explorer Director’s Corner

The International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) is one of AAPG’s premier events in the eastern hemisphere. Emulating the integrated multidisciplinary nature of today’s E&P workflows, IPTC is a partnership of four geoscience and engineering societies: AAPG, the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

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Explorer Article

AAPG is the largest geoscience organization in the free world, and its members know more about frontier areas now being explored than anyone else. Part of our scientific responsibility is to act as advisers, not advocates for one political stand – either for or against climate change. AAPG needs to be part of the conversation.

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Events Blog

The AAPG | SEG International Conference and Exhibition (ICE) 2016 is heading to Cancun and it is time to prepare your abstracts for submission. Your expert contribution and practical guidance will help promote and advance the exploration and production of global energy resources.

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Explorer Division Column DEG

Last year at about this time, I looked back and hoped we would be going through an oil price shock similar to 2008; instead it has become apparent that we are facing something different and much more akin to the 1980s.

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Explorer Article

The shale boom has propelled the United States oil and gas industry to a leading position, not just in production, but also in navigating the perilous waters of public opinion.

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Explorer Policy Watch

On Sept. 30, AAPG Executive Director David Curtiss and 10 AAPG members participated in a day of visits to Capitol Hill to discuss the importance of strong federal investments for geoscience research and education. Geosciences Congressional Visits Day (GEO-CVD) is organized by AAPG in conjunction with other geoscience organizations.

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Explorer Article

There's long been much ado about the ongoing loss of coastal wetlands in south Louisiana. Not surprisingly, many fingers point to the oil and gas industry with its several thousand linear miles of pipelines in the region.

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Explorer Article

While the outcry against the petroleum industry drilling in residential areas is as high as ever, a small, privately-held petroleum and real estate company in Midland, Texas, is making headlines for pulling off what some might consider an impossible feat: creating communities where people are willingly moving onto active oil and gas fields and living harmoniously with t he industry.

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Explorer Policy Watch

A burst of new emissions regulations that affect the oil and natural gas industry has cheered the environmental community while distressing the industry and opponents of government regulation.

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Workshop
Lviv, Ukraine
Thursday, 21 September Friday, 22 September 2023, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Join us for a workshop where experts will  explore the Carpathian foreland and the Dnieper-Donetsk rift basins with a focus not only on hydrocarbons, but the utilization of geothermal resources, hydrogen exploration and CCUS.

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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

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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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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