Explorer Division Column DEG

Every so often it is good to review and evaluate DEG’s mission and goals. This year AAPG is preparing a five-year tactical business plan, and as an AAPG Division, DEG also is preparing one.

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Explorer Policy Watch

This month’s comments are a reminder for AAPG members of rights (and responsibilities) with regard to getting involved in issues that impact your professional lives, the longevity of the profession and quite possibly our financial future.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

It was not so long ago that time lapse, or 4-D, seismic was a technology that kind of hovered in the background, being applied only in specific situations, such as when a reservoir began producing erratically rather than as predicted.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

If you're looking to get in on some big-time E&P action, head “down under” to Western Australia -- it’s a rockin’ scene these days.

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Correlator Article

We are all familiar with Al Gore's movie An Inconvenient Truth which argues that human-caused global warming will result in near-total destruction of the planet . We can excuse him as he is only a politician not a scientist. However, the Union of Concerned Scientists state unequivocally that they can identify the 'Human Fingerprint' on global warming. Even the EPA blames global warming on human activity in their web site where the opening paragraph states: According to the National Academy of Sciences, the Earth's surface temperature has risen by about 1 degree Fahrenheit in the past century, with accelerated warming during the past two decades. There is new and stronger evidence that most of the warming over the last 50 years is attributable to human activities.

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Explorer Division Column DEG

As one of my colleagues and fellow DEG members recently pointed out, what the DEG has to offer its members should be much more than receiving the annual ballot, quarterly issues of DEG’s journal 'Environmental Geosciences' and the DEG Web site. DEG should provide its members an opportunity for personal involvement and attachment. Let’s talk about opportunities!

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Explorer Director’s Corner

There is an increasing need for geologists who understand the development of unconventional reservoirs, such as exploitation of tight gas shales. One of the most interesting aspects of work force studies is the number of new jobs opening for geoscientists in energy-related fields worldwide.

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Explorer President’s Column

September for those in the Northern Hemisphere (or in Rio Linda) is harvest time; you finally get to reap what you have sown and nurtured during the spring and summer. So for 50-somethings, at this stage of our careers we have geologists younger than us -- and if we still have bosses, they actually depend on us. We initiate projects and manage people. Our decisions influence others in our companies.

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Explorer Article

To some, the academic world of colleges and universities represents Ivory Towers, detached from reality. To the U.S. Department of Energy, they represent a crucial – and practical – research potential.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

Acquiring all the necessary permits from various governmental agencies to conduct a seismic data acquisition program can be a particularly time consuming, expensive and tedious process. Once the permits are in hand, considerably more time and money is expended in implementing the appropriate procedures in the field -- particularly when it comes to protecting any endangered species that reside (or are thought to reside) in the area to be surveyed.

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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

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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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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