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Pore types, pore size, and pore abundance vary systematically across thermal maturity in the Eagle Ford Formation, Maverick Basin, southern Texas. Scanning electron imaging of twenty samples from four wells is used to assess the complex response of pores to chemical and mechanical processes, entailing both destruction of primary porosity and generation of secondary pores.

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Increased rates of seismicity in tectonically quiescent regions like the midcontinent region of the United States have been hypothesized to be related to human activities such as oil and gas production and wastewater injection. It can be difficult to establish how human activities relate to earthquakes, particularly when local seismic networks are not available to provide a high-quality characterization of the seismic sequence in question.

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Energy Policy Blog

 

Wind power generation is growing rapidly. However, new installations have lagged since the initial expiration of the production tax credit in 2012 and the revised expiration in 2014. The EPA Clean Power Plan (CPP) will boost wind energy. Growing wind generation requires more than installing a wind turbine; it also requires building new transmissions lines to move power from rural generating areas to population centers that need the power. Wind energy also requires that system operators have sufficient reserve generating capacity, usually from hydro or natural gas, for use when the wind is not blowing—luckily, natural gas generation has grown 27 percent in the past six years.  

 

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Explorer Emphasis

 
As you probably already know, winners of the Grover E. Murray Memorial Distinguished Educator Award love students, education and helping to train the next generation of geologists. To that extent, winner James O. Puckette from Oklahoma State University fits right in. But there is something else, too, in his wheelhouse.
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When it comes to providing students “real-world” experience in the classroom, some schools stand out more than others. Consider the University of Kansas, where one interdisciplinary course teams geoscience and petroleum engineering students to analyze live data from partnering oil companies.
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If you plan to get one of the new energy-related business degrees now being offered at select schools across the country, prepare to devote your career to the industry. That’s the message from university educators working in the relatively new energy-themed, advanced-degree programs.
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The geosciences – which have typically never shared an equal seat in the classroom compared to biology, chemistry and physics – are now being fully included in many K-12 curricula across the nation.
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Explorer Policy Watch

 
There’s been a lot of good news recently about water and hydraulic fracturing: the EPA’s and other scientists’ research into water consumption for hydraulic fracturing found minimal strain on water resources, and natural gas power generation significantly reduces water use in power generation.
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Explorer ProTracks

 
Recently the AAPG YP Mid-Continent Section hosted several networking events in Oklahoma City. These events have increased YP interest in AAPG – and participation in the Mid-Continent Section is at an all time high.
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Learn! Blog

 
How many times have you kicked yourself because you made decisions without really having time to get all the expert opinions? When could your team have been better – both in determining where to explore and how to complete a well?
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Education Conference Course

Houston Texas United States 12 November, 2015 12 November, 2015 17736
 
Houston, Texas, United States
12 November 2015

Through applied mineralogy, the student will learn what questions are relevant when formulating a work flow for a project, when evaluating real data, or when trying to figure out what might have “gone wrong” during a project.

Houston Texas United States 09 November, 2015 10 November, 2015 17725
 
Houston, Texas, United States
9-10 November 2015

This course summarizes the major advances and current controversies in dolomite research.

Forum

Oklahoma City Oklahoma United States 23 September, 2015 23 September, 2015 20908
 
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
23 September 2015
With the recent surge in new techniques and technology, as well as new plays put into production, a tremendous opportunity exists in both U.S. and international reservoirs to apply lessons learned to existing reservoirs in order to economically increase production and recoverable reserves.

Short Course

Tulsa Oklahoma United States 06 October, 2015 08 October, 2015 13608
 
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
6-8 October 2015

Here is an introduction to the tools and techniques that geologists and geophysicists use to locate gas and oil, that drillers use to drill the wells and that petroleum engineers use to test and complete the wells and produce the gas and oil. Exercises throughout the course provide practical experience in well log correlation, contouring, interpretation of surface and subsurface, contoured maps, seismic interpretation, well log interpretation, and decline curve analysis.

Workshop

Austin Texas United States 03 November, 2015 04 November, 2015 20696
 
Austin, Texas, United States
3-4 November 2015
Where and how can drilling and producing unconventionals be economically viable? The latest techniques, technologies and lessons learned will be reviewed, with a focus on shale play optimization.
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