Explorer Policy Watch

The president’s Climate Action Plan, released June 25, aims to slow the effects of climate change.

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Explorer Division Column DEG

After just a couple of days back from our AAPG Leadership Days gathering in Tulsa, on a whim, I did a Google trend search on the terms “environment+natural gas” + “water,” “energy+water” and “energy+environment.”

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Explorer Policy Watch

Starting in 2012 and continuing through this fall, the National Academies (NAS) are hosting workshops to inform the public about shale gas development. 

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Explorer Division Column DEG

This will be my last column in the EXPLORER as president for DEG. In June I will turn over the reins to Doug Wyatt, and I wish him well.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

New data presents a new picture of health and safety issues in plays involving the Marcellus Shale.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

Author Seamus McGraw sees both the upside and downside for the landowner in the development of the Marcellus shale.

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Search and Discovery Article

A collection of 65 abstracts for papers concerning the Fundamental Controls on Petroleum Systems in Lower Paleozoic and Older Strata. Abstracts of papers presented at the AAPG Hedberg conference in Beijing, China in April, 2013.

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Learn! Blog

Because of new technology and the high cost of disposal of produced saltwater, and the even high cost of disposing of flowback from stimulation (usually hydraulic fracturing), but also acidizing and other treatments, treating and purifying produced water to the point that it is useable in EOR and in hydraulic fracturing is an attractive option, particularly if hauling costs are not too high, and also the quality can be assured.

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Field Seminar
Houston, Texas
Friday, 1 April 2022, 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Denbury Inc. has been operating a continuous CO2 EOR flood in the West Hastings oil field since December 2010 resulting in the associated storage of over 26 million MT of CO2 and 31 million barrels of tertiary oil produced. As part of the tour, Denbury geologists and engineers will provide an overview of the field history; current operations and CO2 management; and a discussion of the structure, stratigraphy, and reservoir characteristics of the Frio Fm.

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Field Seminar
Houston, Texas
Friday, 1 April 2022, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

This course will explore the best techniques and workflows when approaching a whole core analysis program where the end goal is to mitigate risk associated with any carbon monoxide/dioxide injection project.

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Workshop
Lviv, Ukraine
Wednesday, 21 September Thursday, 22 September 2022, 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

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

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

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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