Bulletin Article

 
The δ18O values of zoned dolomite-ankerite cements within shaly sandstone beds decrease with depth of burial in the Upper Cambrian Eau Claire Formation of the Illinois Basin. This trend is largely consistent across the basin as determined through secondary ion mass spectrometry.
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Energy Policy Blog

 

The StatesFirst working group on induced seismicity just released its report,” Potential Injection-Induced Seismicity Associated with Oil & Gas Development: A Primer on Technical and Regulatory Considerations Informing Risk Management and Mitigation.” The report describes the causes of and ways to prevent induced earthquakes. It also looks at the interaction between regulators and the public, and the report includes case studies of how states have responded to instances of suspected induced seismicity in California, Oklahoma, Ohio, Illinois, and Colorado.

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Explorer Article

 

January and early February are going to be busy months for AAPG’s Distinguished Lecture program, with several speakers set to make tours.

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The ever-increasing number of hydraulic fracturing applications used to economically produce shale reservoirs impacts various businesses that profit from this phenomenon. Think sand mining/processing, for example.

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It's plentiful, it's accessible, it's a part of our lives – but can coal ever be the environmentally preferred choice of energy? A look at the current reality of clean coal technology.

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Explorer Emphasis

 

The idea of using lasers for drilling into the earth has long been to the oil and gas industry what flying cars and hoverboards are to the general public – the stuff of science fiction and futuristic fantasy. As 2015 fast approaches (contrary to what we were promised in the “Back to the Future” movies) we haven’t quite cracked the code yet on flying cars and hoverboards, but there might be a consolation prize in the works: Laser drilling may actually become a reality.

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Explorer Foundation Update

 

It has a new name, a new energy and a new lineup of experts, all primed to spread geoscience knowledge around the world. “It” is AAPG’s newly named Global Distinguished Lecture Program – emphasis on the “global” – which dates back to 1941 but continues to be the Association’s flagship initiative for offering the latest in geologic science to AAPG affiliated geological societies and universities.

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Learn! Blog

 

The solution to heavy oil and paraffin-clogged mature wells can often by heat, but heat is hard to economically introduce into a well. Welcome to an interview with Richard Snow, Chief Scientist at PyroPhase, whose new technologies are designed to economically heat the reservoir and allow the oil to flow.

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VG Abstract

 

Accurate interpretation of geophysical data, in particular reflection seismic data, is one of the most important elements of a successful oil and gas exploration program. Despite technological advances in data acquisition and processing and regular use of powerful computers and sophisticated software applications, you still face a tremendous challenge each time you begin to reconstruct the geologic story contained in a grid or volume of seismic data -- that is, to interpret the data. On occasion this interpretive tale can be clearly told, but most of the time each page of each chapter is slowly turned, and rarely is the full meaning of the story completely understood. Interpretation of Reflection Seismic Data from the Gulf of Mexico illustrates these concepts using real seismic data and actual exploration problems.

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wwwUpdate Blog

 

Karen Waterbury, a science teacher at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Mount Carmel, Ill., has been named the 2016 American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Foundation’s Teacher of the Year.

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