Energy Policy Blog

The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, chaired by Representative Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) recently held a hearing that investigated the environmental risks and economic benefits of Alaska offshore Arctic drilling. Two of the new Arctic offshore regulations attracted the most controversy: the requirement for a standby rig in case of a blowout, and the shortened drilling season. This hearing comes at the same time as Shell mobilizes its equipment for drilling in the Chukchi Sea later this summer. Groups opposed to Arctic drilling recently protested the Polar Pioneer drilling rig’s departure from the Port of Seattle.

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Learn! Blog

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.

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Explorer Policy Watch

Concerns over aging or inadequate infrastructure and changes in the energy mix led the Obama administration to focus the first Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) on transmission, storage and distribution infrastructure.

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Explorer Director’s Corner

I don’t want to completely dismiss the role of flashes of insight. But to borrow an old saw, we may miss scientific discoveries because they’re dressed in overalls and disguised as hard work.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

An intriguing program is afoot to assess the hydrocarbon potential of the Niobrara in south-central South Dakota. The assessment program was initiated in 2012, when the American Indian Higher Education Consortium funded a cooperative education program between the Sinte Gleska University on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T).

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Explorer Emphasis Article

The Wattenberg Field north of Denver has become a big deal in the industry since its discovery in 1970 by Amoco Production Company. It’s a twofer, kicking out both oil and natural gas. To many, mention of the field conjures up thoughts of the upper Cretaceous Niobrara shale, which is a prolific producer there, along with other geologic formations. The Codell sandstone, for example, is a major pay in this giant field.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

Some might argue that not much has changed in Colorado politics over the last year – except for the fact that the battle to ban drilling by certain groups has escalated from the local to statewide level.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

This may come as a surprise to a number of industry participants, but Utah is home to the largest oil sand resource in the United States. Largest, as in an estimated 16 billion barrels of bitumen and heavy oil.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

Are current conditions in oil and gas creating a big opportunity for petroleum geologists in the Rocky Mountain region? Some experts say today’s drilling slowdown gives geologists time to catch up on recent advances in science, providing a less hectic opportunity to analyze data, study reservoirs and create improved models.

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Explorer Article

On the heels of an April 23 article in The New York Times headlined, “A New ‘OPEC’ Emerges: The U.S.,” this year’s Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) will take that topic into the field, tracking the country’s shale boom from its inception to turning the United States into the world’s No. 1 petroleum and natural gas producer in 2014 – overtaking Saudi Arabia and Russia.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
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
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.

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Field Seminar
Austin, Texas
Sunday, 19 July 2020, 7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Whole core from both the Delaware and Midland Basins will be examined to understand the changes in slope deposits from both confined and unconfined settings. The goal of this course will be to understand how these deposits impact reservoir quality in the basins.

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Short Course
Virtual Event
Monday, 28 September – Thursday, 1 October 2020, 8:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

This virtual short course focuses on methods and workflows for identifying, characterizing, and developing tight-shale reservoirs. Participants will learn how to apply mudrock depositional, sedimentological, sequence stratigraphic, and geochemical principles to exploration areas and production assets in shale basins.

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Short Course
Virtual Event
Monday, 21 September Thursday, 24 September 2020, 7:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

This online short course is designed to provide a geologic perspective of the climate debate to both geoscientists and non-geoscientists. By completing the course participants will have a better understanding of how the earth’s climate/sea levels/plates have changed/moved over geologic time, the earth’s evolving climate/plate positions/sea-level variations affected life on earth, and the environment has impacted man & man has impacted the earth’s environment.

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Short Course
Virtual Event
Friday, 12 June 2020, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 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
Virtual Event
Monday, 13 July Wednesday, 15 July 2020, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

This course will allow beginner or intermediate professionals to provide with daily geochemical solutions to executional E&P projects from exploration to WIM/production and environmental footprints issues.

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Short Course
Virtual Event
Tuesday, 16 June Thursday, 18 June 2020, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

During this course, participants will gain the foundations for understanding and predicting the geometry, connectivity, and permeability trends of fluvial reservoir systems at the scale of boreholes, fields, and basins. A full range of topics needed to identify, correlate, and interpret fluvial reservoirs and encasing non-reservoir units will be covered.

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Short Course
Austin, Texas
Saturday, 18 July Sunday, 19 July 2020, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This course will discuss the Huff-n-Puff gas EOR process specifically, but will also address relevant fundamentals of displacement-based gas EOR methods (miscibility, vaporization, and displacement) in tight unconventionals.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Short Course
Austin, Texas
Saturday, 18 July Sunday, 19 July 2020, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Data driven modeling is becoming a key differentiation to unlock higher recoveries from existing fields as well as identify new opportunities. In this course, we will be introducing advanced analytical tools and techniques - machine learning and data mining algorithms used to identify of trends and patterns in any given dataset and predict future trends.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Short Course
Austin, Texas
Saturday, 18 July Sunday, 19 July 2020, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This course provides a comprehensive methodology for the diagnosis, analysis, and forecasting of well production data in unconventional resources. An extensive evaluation of the diagnostic tools for assessing data viability, checking data correlation along with flow regime identification is presented.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Short Course
Austin, Texas
Saturday, 18 July Sunday, 19 July 2020, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This course focuses on the assessment of unconventional plays and the identification of initial well locations within them.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Short Course
Austin, Texas
Saturday, 18 July Sunday, 19 July 2020, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This course focuses on the assessment of unconventional plays and the identification of initial well locations within them.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Short Course
Austin, Texas
Saturday, 18 July Sunday, 19 July 2020, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

The course is designed for both graduate students majoring in applied geophysics and more experienced geophysicists working in research, technical service, or exploration. Attendees are expected to be familiar with the basics of seismic wave propagation and data processing.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Short Course
Austin, Texas
Saturday, 18 July Sunday, 19 July 2020, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This course is an overview of carbonates from geology to seismic interpretation, with particular emphasis on karst topography and seismic expression thereof.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Short Course
Austin, Texas
Sunday, 19 July 2020, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This course is an overview of carbonates from geology to seismic interpretation, with particular emphasis on karst topography and seismic expression thereof.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Short Course
Austin, Texas
Sunday, 19 July 2020, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This course is an overview of carbonates from geology to seismic interpretation, with particular emphasis on karst topography and seismic expression thereof.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Short Course
Austin, Texas
Sunday, 19 July 2020, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Geomechanics – in both completions and drilling operations – has become a critical technology in the development of Unconventional Plays. This course presents the basics of oil field geomechanics and its application to unconventional developments, specifically, the role of stress, pore pressure, mechanical properties, and natural fractures on hydraulic fracturing operations.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Short Course
Austin, Texas
Sunday, 19 July 2020, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This one-day session will include a view of best practices for Carbon Management with a focus on fugitive methane reduction. It will include global and local examples of Carbon Regulations, give tools for de-risking regulatory compliances and field-proven methane reduction technology cases.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Short Course
Austin, Texas
Sunday, 19 July 2020, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

The workshop objective is to discuss the main challenges of stimulation design and how modeling tools can be used to aid the design.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Short Course
Austin, Texas
Sunday, 19 July 2020, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

The workshop objective is to discuss the main challenges of stimulation design and how modeling tools can be used to aid the design.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Short Course
Austin, Texas
Saturday, 18 July Sunday, 19 July 2020, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Unconventional gas reserves are transforming energy outlooks around the world. This course introduces workflow and reviews methods for performing quantitative ratetransient analysis of fractured vertical and multi-fractured horizontal wells (MFHWs), produced from unconventional (low-permeability) gas and light oil reservoirs, including shales.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Short Course
Austin, Texas
Saturday, 18 July Sunday, 19 July 2020, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This course will review the theory of fracture-injection/falloff testing, the design of DFITs, and interpretation of DFIT data using both straight-line and type-curve methods

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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)
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.

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.

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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.

Request a visit from Fred Schroeder!

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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

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 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

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

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

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

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!

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. 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. Contact the presenter to discuss options.

Request a visit from Fred Schroeder!

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