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Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), who authored the bill and shepherded it through the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee last fall, describe the bill as building on recent technological breakthroughs. "Its provisions will save energy, expand domestic production, facilitate investment in critical infrastructure, protect the electrical grid, boost energy trade, improve the performance of federal agencies, and reauthorize certain programs that have proven effective.”

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In December 2015, the Committee on Offshore Science and Assessment held its inaugural meeting at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). The committee, which was established by NAS’s Ocean Studies and Earth Sciences Boards, is sponsored by The Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). The primary purpose of this new committee is for NAS to assist BOEM by providing ongoing scientific feedback to most effectively manage the nation’s offshore energy resources in a way that is both environmentally and economically sound.

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Explorer Article

 

With Shell abandoning its exploration plans in the Chukchi Sea in September and Statoil following suit in November, many might believe that the North Slope Basin off the northern coast of Alaska has been condemned. Yet those who have put decades into studying the geology of Alaska’s North Slope and Outer Continental Shelf believe the opposite.

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Explorer Division Column DPA

 
In the interest of continuing my theme of “Spreading the Word” about AAPG’s Division of Professional Affairs, here’s an update on some exciting events organized by DPA members for the spring of 2016. Many of you may be familiar with the Playmaker concept, as we have previously held five very successful events.
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Explorer Division Column EMD

 

The Energy and Minerals Division of the AAPG focuses on unconventional hydrocarbon energy resources, such as coalbed methane and gas hydrates and alternative energy resources, such as coal, uranium and geothermal energy. These resources are important to members of AAPG.

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Explorer Policy Watch

 

Three outer continental shelf (OCS) oil and gas issues were prominent in 2015 policy debates and will continue in the policy limelight in 2016 as the federal government moves to release final versions of the permits, plans and rules.

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The long-term projections have changed little in the year since this column last reported on the annual International Energy Agency (IEA) “World Energy Outlook,” but the tone is much different. Last year’s report was concerned about finding the investments to meet demand; now the world has surpluses of oil and gas and a booming renewables industry.  
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Learn! Blog

 
A mixture of thirteen courses being taught by outstanding instructors in their respective fields.  Five days of knowledge sharing, case studies, exercises and more to take with you and add to your working knowledge of geoscience.

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The 7th Annual AAPG Deepwater and Shelf Reservoirs Geoscience Technology Workshop will bring together the latest developments in geology, engineering, geophysics, and geochemistry in order to determine the best possible ways to understand and develop fields, as well as identify bold new exploration targets.
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wwwUpdate Blog

 

The AAPG Foundation grants the Professorial Award annually to a college or university professor who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of geoscience education. It's up to you to tell us who YOU think deserves this honor in 2016. Entry deadline is Feb. 15, 2016.

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Field Seminar

Columbia South Carolina United States 31 May, 2016 07 June, 2016 13368
 
Columbia, South Carolina, United States
31 May - 7 June 2016

This field seminar offers an excellent opportunity for the students to walk on a variety of modern terrigenous clastic depositional systems while observing sedimentary processes, modern sedimentary structures, and numerous trenches illuminating the three-dimensional architecture of each area.

Calgary Alberta Canada 16 June, 2016 18 June, 2016 23659
 
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
16-18 June 2016

This trip will feature exceptional, three-dimensional exposures of fluvial meander belt deposits in Late Cretaceous strata of southern Alberta.

Dinosaur Provincial Park has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its world-class fossil bone beds. We will also visit the world-renowned Royal Tyrell Museum of Palaeontology on this trip.

Forum

Denver Colorado United States 24 March, 2016 24 March, 2016 26478
 
Denver, Colorado, United States
24 March 2016

The Rockies Playmaker Discovery Forum is focused on the elements both, commercial and scientific/technical, required to successfully get from lease sale to discovery. It will focus on the skills as well as professional and ethics requirements for prospecting, play generation, and deal screening.

Short Course

Tulsa Oklahoma United States 19 May, 2016 19 May, 2016 24590
 
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
19 May 2016
This course is a quick review of the unique methods used in the analysis of older well logs. Course consists of lectures on different "old" well logs, what they measure and how they are used in the analysis of potentially hydrocarbon productive zone.

Workshop

Houston Texas United States 17 May, 2016 18 May, 2016 27184
 
Houston, Texas, United States
17-18 May 2016

The goal of this two-day workshop is to develop strategies for success in difficult times. We will bring together engineers, geologists and geophysicists to explore new ideas, workflows, techniques, and technologies for revitalizing existing wells.

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