Explorer Policy Watch

This month the Senate will take up the bill addressing leasing the OCS Area 181 in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. The expectation is that the Senate bill (S. 3711, called the “181 Bill”), if passed, will be the counterpart to H.R. 4761, the Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act passed by the House of Representatives on June 29. Conference proceedings likely will begin shortly after Senate action and naming of conferees for both the House and Senate. Both houses are expected to move quickly to name conferees if the Senate passes its OCS legislation.

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American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Explorer President’s Column

As the calendar turns to September I am struck by the similarity between the agricultural significance of this time of year and the careers for all “50-somethings,” which would include the largest single age group of AAPG members.

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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 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

The annual meeting of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, which will use a unique, high-tech site for its technical program, will be held Sept. 25-27 in Lafayette, La.

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Explorer Article

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This time-worn admonition appears to have been ignored by certain administrators at Louisiana State University (LSU), where there’s an effort under way to phase out the venerable 54-year-old Coastal Studies Institute (CSI). The irony of the timing is notable given that coastal issues are “front and center” in Louisiana following the devastation incurred by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

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Explorer Article

The AAPG 2007 Education Calendar is in the final production stages, and when it’s delivered to you in an upcoming EXPLORER you’ll see all of the exciting things being planned. Meanwhile, some valuable training opportunities are available for you this fall as well.

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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

Even with a proven product and willing investors putting together a big money deal can be a daunting project.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

There’s nothing quite like a successful field project to demonstrate the commercial viability of a particular technology. So chalk one up for the recently completed wide-azimuth OBS (ocean bottom sensor) node survey over the BP-operated Atlantis field in the challenging deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

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Workshop
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Tuesday, 21 February Wednesday, 22 February 2023, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This workshop will be held Feb 21-22 in Oklahoma City, and will bring together industry practitioners, government and state agencies, nonprofit and academic institutions in a first of its kind event that will spark new ideas, motivate interdisciplinary and multi institutional collaboration and support the establishment of best practices for cleaning up and repurposing wells across the nation.

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Sara Elliott Sara Elliott Vice President (2022-2023) Bureau of Economic Geology
Bryan Guzman Bryan Guzman Treasurer (2019-2023) Premier Corex (832) 503-4645

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