Explorer Article

“Bill always demanded that I show him why a prospect couldn’t be great rather than why it wouldn’t work.” That’s Jesse Sommer, one of this year’s Norman H. Foster Outstanding Explorer Award winners, talking about the lessons learned from his boss, Bill Armstrong, who is the other winner of this year’s Foster Award. They both work for Denver-based Armstrong Oil and Gas, and the company culture encourages explorationists to not only ask the right questions but to find both the science and the art in the oil or gas play.

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Explorer Foundation Update

Call it unprecedented, call it exciting and unpredictable, call it historic – and you’re right each time. The 2020 Imperial Barrel Award global finals competition was one for the record books – for the first time ever, the entire competition, impacted by the global pandemic that threatened to end it before it began, was held virtually in early June, adding a new chapter in the program’s illustrious history. Indeed, this year’s competition had many firsts – a global pandemic, an entirely virtual competition and the introduction of the IBA Exploration Leadership Series.

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Explorer Geophysical Corner

Exploration of the Brookian-age Nanushuk and Torok formations on the North Slope of Alaska is a hot topic these days. The Nanushuk and Torok formations are Cretaceous progradational clastic deposits in the Colville basin of Alaska. These formations offer new opportunities to the oil and gas community because of their shallow depth, vast spatial extent, publicly available data, scope of development and other appealing features.

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Explorer Division Column DEG

The DEG leadership unanimously endorsed EnergySource Minerals in San Diego to receive a DEG Corporate Award for their efforts to harness for lithium extraction the brine flow supplying the John L. Featherstone geothermal power plant in the Salton Sea region. EnergySource Chief Operating Officer Derek Benson shared with us that a proprietary process called “Integrated Lithium Adsorption Desorption,” or “ILiAD,” was demonstrated to be the key that unlocks Salton Sea lithium development. They have succeeded in producing battery-grade lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide utilizing the brine flow as it exits the power generation.

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American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Explorer Article

Energy sustainability and environmental responsibility are major pillars for the future of the energy industry. They will also be important themes for the upcoming Pacific Section Annual Meeting April 4-8 in Oxnard, Calif. The meeting’s overall theme is “2020 Vision: Producing the Future.

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Explorer Article

A few dates and names might be a little slower to come to mind, but at the age of 100, Helen Foster’s love for geology remains clear and strong. “You can learn and enjoy geology by observing the Earth around you … mountains, streams, you learn to enjoy and appreciate them more,” she said. Foster might be AAPG’s longest-tenured member, and one of its oldest, having recently celebrated her 100th birthday on Dec. 15.

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Explorer Historical Highlights

In the summer of 1865, Thomas Bard arrived in Ventura County, Calif., to begin exploration drilling on properties owned by his uncle, Thomas Scott, in the area of Sulphur Mountain. Scott had made a fortune investing in Pennsylvania railroads in the 1850s and in Titusville oil fields in the early 1860s. Scott undertook petroleum exploration in California on the basis of sensational reports of the oil potential there published by Yale professor Benjamin Silliman in 1864. Writing to Scott about the Sulphur Mountain area, Silliman said, 'Its great value is in its almost fabulous wealth in the best of oil.'

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Short Course
Virtual Short Course
Monday, 26 October Wednesday, 28 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 Short Course
Monday, 16 November Wednesday, 18 November 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 Short Course
Wednesday, 16 December Friday, 18 December 2020, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

In an area where palynology still has a significant impact, this course will cover all aspects of Palaeozoic applied palynology for the Middle East including regional and industry case studies. We will look at real applications of Late Palaeozoic palynology specific to the industry. There are no other courses that cover applied Middle East Late Palaeozoic Palynology, nor has the regional and industry focused on solving these geological problems.

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Online e-Symposium
Thursday, 20 August 2009, 12:00 a.m.–12:00 a.m.

This e-symposium covers advances in geothermal energy, integration with petroleum operations, and lessons learned in recent cases.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Online e-Symposium
Thursday, 21 October 2010, 12:00 a.m.–12:00 a.m.

This e-symposium covers how to conduct an interdisciplinary evaluation of mature fields to determine the best approach to recover remaining reserves.

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Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) seeks Executive Director

The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) is seeking outstanding candidates for the position of Executive Director. With some 12,000 members in 120 countries, we seek an exceptional individual who will be an effective leader of SEG’s staff, business, and operations.

STARR Project Manager/Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology

The Bureau of Economic Geology (Bureau) at The University of Texas at Austin seeks a highly talented individual to lead the State of Texas Advanced Resource Recovery (STARR) research program. MS, or PhD in geosciences or petroleum engineering or related technical discipline. 15 or more years of oil and gas industry and/or academic experience, including supervising and/or managing complex exploration, development, or research projects.

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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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.

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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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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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Rebecca Lanners Schempp Rebecca Lanners Schempp President (2019-2021) California Resource Corporation (661) 381-0478
Richard J. Behl Richard J. Behl Past President (2019-2021) California State University (562) 985-5850
Vaughn Grant Thompson Vaughn Grant Thompson President Elect (2019-2021) Carbon California Operating Company (661) 583-5784
Plamen Nikolov Ganev Plamen Nikolov Ganev Vice President (2019-2020) Aera Energy LLC (661) 665-5459
Wanjiru Njuguna Wanjiru Njuguna Secretary (2019-2020) (562) 743-9108
Brandi Johnson Brandi Johnson Editor-in-Chief (2018-2020) Chevron (661) 654-7528
Simarjit Kaur Chehal Simarjit Kaur Chehal Treasurer (2019-2020) Aera Energy LLC (661) 665-5738
Lisa Ann Alpert Lisa Ann Alpert Treasurer Elect (2019-2020) Aera Energy LLC 661-665-5557
Anne C. Draucker Anne C. Draucker Advisory Counselor (2018-2021) Chevron (661) 428-0350

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