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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Explorer Geophysical Corner

The key elements for shale resource evaluation are the mineral content – such as clay, quartz and calcite – the total organic carbon (TOC) content, the brittleness and some mechanical properties of the shale rocks. Geomechanical studies are necessary both for understanding wellbore environment stability and also interpreting well log data, by estimating the mechanical properties of the subsurface.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

An acquisition of some unfamiliar geology in the Woodforth SCOOP shale play meant one exploration had to get creative in their use of geosteering.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

The discovery and imaging of a mammoth magma reservoir beneath the Yellowstone supervolcano is a capstone to decades of research. Scientists have long known of a smaller magma chamber, but the new chamber – 4.4 times larger – helps answer the questions about the volcanic system.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

Traditionally ignored, the azimuthal dimension enables more information to be squeezed out of 3-D seismic.

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Explorer Article

A research seismologist with the Oklahoma Geological Survey, Amberlee Darold has been studying the increase in seismicity that has attracted the attention of scientists around the globe. She will present the results of a recent study at the upcoming Mid-Continent Section meeting.

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Explorer Article

AAPG members Mark Zoback and F. Rall Walsh separate myth from fact regarding induced seismicity.

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Learn! Blog

The AAPG course on 'RQ Toolkit – Using Rock Data for Reservoir Quality Assessment' is designed to provide a general background in optimized reservoir quality assessment using rock data (core, SWC, cuttings, outcrops). This course is part of AAPG's upcoming Fundamentals Education Conference, taking place November 9-13, in Houston, TX. 

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Learn! Blog

The AAPG course on “Practical Geomechanics” is designed for geoscientists interested in stress measurements and their application to problems arising from rock failure. This course is part of AAPG’s upcoming Fundamentals Education Conference, taking place November 9-13, in Houston.

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Energy Policy Blog

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released an analysis of technologies available to cut water use in hydraulic fracturing and thermoelectric power plant cooling to identify how water-scarce areas of the country could benefit from these technologies (GAO-15-545). Perhaps of special interest to readers is the GAO analysis of waterless or low-water stimulation fluids, although GAO concludes they are either unproven or applicable to only a few geologic formations. Thermoelectric plant cooling, represents 38 percent of U.S. water withdrawals. However, natural gas produced using hydraulic fracturing and natural gas combined cycle power generation reduces water use in power generation by up to 60% relative to coal and nuclear plants.

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Short Course
Texas
Tuesday, 14 April Wednesday, 15 April 2020, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Software engineering is becoming a key skillset in the oil and gas industry. These skills are used to implement data science projects that increase production, lower costs, and improve safety. To boost the value of oil and gas practitioners, this course teaches software development in VBA for machine learning and the creation of a random forest tool in Excel. 

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Field Seminar
New York
Thursday, 11 June Sunday, 14 June 2020, 5:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

This field trip includes an overview of Enterprise Products Partners Houston Regional Operations at Mont Belvieu, Texas. Home of the world's largest salt dome.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Field Seminar
Utah
Thursday, 11 June Sunday, 14 June 2020, 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.

This field trip includes an overview of Enterprise Products Partners Houston Regional Operations at Mont Belvieu, Texas. Home of the world's largest salt dome.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Field Seminar
San Diego, California
Thursday, 11 June Saturday, 13 June 2020, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This field trip includes an overview of Enterprise Products Partners Houston Regional Operations at Mont Belvieu, Texas. Home of the world's largest salt dome.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Field Seminar
Houston, Texas
Thursday, 11 June 2020, 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

This field trip includes an overview of Enterprise Products Partners Houston Regional Operations at Mont Belvieu, Texas. Home of the world's largest salt dome.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Field Seminar
Houston, Texas
Saturday, 6 June 2020, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This all-day field trip to NASA Space Center Houston is a unique opportunity to see firsthand the history of U.S. Space exploration with Apollo 17 Astronaut Harrison Schmitt and Shuttle Astronaut Jim Reilly. Be prepared for a full day of exciting and interesting space adventures, including a morning tour of a full-scale model of the Space Shuttle atop a Boeing 747.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Field Seminar
Houston, Texas
Saturday, 6 June 2020, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

An excursion from the U.S. Corps. of Engineers office at Barker Reservoir to visit locations where where the manifestation of surface faults demonstrates the damage they can cause.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Field Seminar
Houston, Texas
Saturday, 6 June 2020, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

An excursion from the U.S. Corps. of Engineers office at Barker Reservoir to visit locations where where the manifestation of surface faults demonstrates the damage they can cause.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Field Seminar
Houston, Texas
Tuesday, 2 June Friday, 5 June 2020, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

A five day field trip held in conjunction with AAPG ACE 2020 in Houston, Texas, with visits to outcrops in Austin, Eagle Ford, Wolfcamp, and/or Bone Springs

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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.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Short Course
Houston, Texas
Thursday, 11 June Friday, 12 June 2020, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

This two-day workshop provides a review of the application of carbonate facies, diagenesis, and seismic sequence stratigraphy to exploration and production. The workshop combines seismic, well log and rock data, to develop interpretations that help predict carbonate hydrocarbon systems, and characterize conventional and unconventional carbonate reservoirs and seals.

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Short Course
Houston, Texas
Sunday, 7 June 2020, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

This course provides an overview of different 3-D printing techniques that use both rock-like materials (e.g., sand, gypsum, clay) and polymers (e.g., plastics, resins). Participants will learn how to deploy 3-D-printed models to improve technical communication to diverse audiences (e.g., students, geoscientists, engineers, managers, community stakeholders).

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Short Course
Houston, Texas
Sunday, 7 June 2020, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

The purpose of the course is to help people who are immersed in the oil and gas industry to gain a practical understanding of what unstructured data is, what value there is in it, how it can be utilized, and why this is now relevant.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Short Course
Houston, Texas
Saturday, 6 June Sunday, 7 June 2020, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

A two-day course studying advanced methods in seismic stratigraphy including application of sequence stratigraphy to unconventional resources.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Short Course
Houston, Texas
Saturday, 6 June Sunday, 7 June 2020, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This course is designed to teach graduate students the principles, concepts and methods of sequence stratigraphy.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Short Course
Houston, Texas
Saturday, 6 June 2020, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This is a one-day short course on the various applications of petroleum and inorganic geochemistry throughout the lifecycle of unconventional reservoir from exploration, appraisal, to development.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Short Course
Houston, Texas
Saturday, 6 June 2020, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Any complete core analysis program should include companion thin sections for all core plugs on which measurements have been made. This course will describe the use of multimodal thin section imaging and image analysis to make quantitative estimates of rock properties that are important in hydrocarbon exploration and production.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Short Course
Houston, Texas
Saturday, 6 June 2020, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Entry cost and CO2 supply have long been barriers to traditional Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) applications, but new tax regulations may break the stalemate, providing both for feasible EOR capture from a larger range of anthropogenic sources, and potential CCS options. The course will provide participants with an overview of CO2 in the framework of the energy transition. Speakers will address the regulatory and policy issues as well as societal concerns.

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American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Short Course
Houston, Texas
Saturday, 6 June 2020, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This course is designed for geologists who interpret fine-grained rocks, explore for or develop conventional hydrocarbons, shale gas, or oil shale. Participants will practice recognizing and correlating significant stratigraphic packages through seismic stratigraphy, stacking pattern analysis of well-log, core and outcrop data, and facies analysis.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Short Course
Houston, Texas
Saturday, 6 June 2020, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

A short course discussing the Fast Wheeler Transform (FWT) and the role that synkinematic deposition plays in the masking of onlaps, offlaps, etc., and how FWT’s solve this interpretation challenge

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Short Course
Spring, Texas
Tuesday, 14 April Wednesday, 15 April 2020, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This course is designed for anyone who leads or coordinates field activities such as Field Trips, Field Seminars, Field Camps, or general field work, for companies or student groups. Participants will acquire and practice strategies to prepare for and conduct safe and effective field activities. (Although not required, previous participants have suggested that having NOLS - Wilderness First Aid or equivalent training will enhance the course experience.)

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Short Course
Houston, Texas
Saturday, 6 June 2020, 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Ever wondered “Why didn’t I say something?” after witnessing social bias—a stereotype, a prejudice or discrimination—that happened in your everyday life? You’re not alone. Deciding whether and how to respond to bias is complicated. Understanding what motivates us to speak up, the challenges we face when doing so, and strategies for effective responding can help bystanders to bias better evaluate their options and select effective strategies. This interactive presentation will invite attendees to learn about bystander reactions to social biases and how these reactions can help or hinder decisions to speak up.  

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VG Abstract

The following short course option was developed for geology and geophysics students that have not had much exposure to how geoscience is applied in industry. It can be tailored for undergraduate juniors and seniors or graduate students. The agenda can be modified to meet specific needs and time constraints. Contact the presenter to discuss options.

Request a visit from Fred Schroeder!

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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

The following short course option was developed for geology and geophysics students that have not had much exposure to how geoscience is applied in industry. It can be tailored for undergraduate juniors and seniors or graduate students. The agenda can be modified to meet specific needs and time constraints. Contact the presenter to discuss options.

Request a visit from Fred Schroeder!

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
VG Abstract

The following short course option was developed for geology and geophysics students that have not had much exposure to how geoscience is applied in industry. It can be tailored for undergraduate juniors and seniors or graduate students. The agenda can be modified to meet specific needs and time constraints.

Request a visit from Fred Schroeder!

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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

The following short course option was developed for geology and geophysics students that have not had much exposure to how geoscience is applied in industry. It can be tailored for undergraduate juniors and seniors or graduate students. The agenda can be modified to meet specific needs and time constraints. Contact the presenter to discuss options.

Request a visit from Fred Schroeder!

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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

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

In 1991, Gulf Indonesia and its partners discovered South Sumatra Basin’s first major gas field at Dayung in the Corridor PSC. A key feature of this field is that most of the reserves are held within fractured basement rocks of pre-Tertiary age. 

Request a visit from Charles Caughey!

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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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