Explorer Historical Highlights

Hydraulic fracturing of rock formations has been hotly debated during the past several years, and public opinions have resulted in numerous legislative actions that closely control or even ban the practice in different parts of the nation. Fracturing, however, actually has been used in the oil and gas industry for 67 years and in the granite quarrying business in North Carolina since 1903.

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Explorer Division Column DEG

“Don’t you care about the environment?” DEG’s founder and first president – and an AAPG past president and legend – Bruno Hanson directly challenged me with that question.

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Explorer Article

In order to foster both excitement and pride in the work being done in geology departments on university and college campuses, the annual student chapter video contest has become a way for these student organizations to highlight their commitment to geology.

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Learn! Blog

How many times have you kicked yourself because you made decisions without really having time to get all the expert opinions? When could your team have been better – both in determining where to explore and how to complete a well?

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DPA Blog

The DPA is endorsing the International Petroleum Environmental Conference to beheld November 17-19 in Denver, Colo. The focus of the conference is solutions to environmental problems of a technical, legal and regulatory nature, which benefits the industry as a whole.

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Explorer Policy Watch

There’s been a lot of good news recently about water and hydraulic fracturing: the EPA’s and other scientists’ research into water consumption for hydraulic fracturing found minimal strain on water resources, and natural gas power generation significantly reduces water use in power generation.

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Explorer Emphasis Article

Some of AAPG’s most celebrated educators talk about the changing attitudes and image of geoscience education.

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Explorer Article

The AAPG Education Department has expanded its range of offerings, including several new themed workshops and forum events.

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Explorer Foundation Update

Foundation members and friends had a plethora of ways to mingle and reconnect with friends at the 2015 Annual Convention and Exhibition in Denver, at business meetings, receptions and in its own lounge area in the AAPG Center.

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Explorer Article

The proposal to make AAPG’s Elected Editor position an appointed one failed to receive the two-thirds majority it needed to be put into effect.

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Open Rank Professor - Geology/Subsurface Energy Systems

The Department of Geology & Geography at West Virginia University invites applications for an open-rank, tenured or tenure-track faculty position in Geology with a specialization in subsurface energy systems starting August 11, 2023. This is a 9-month, full-time position with full benefits. Candidates with research applications to sustainability challenges of the 21st century, and candidates whose research and scholarship support WVU’s land-grant mission are encouraged to apply.

Director, Energy and Minerals Group (Principal Research Scientist, Geology)

The Illinois State Geological Survey is seeking to hire a Director, Energy and Minerals Group (Principal Research Scientist, Geology) to provide leadership, clear scientific vision, and direction to the sub-disciplines and staff members who comprise the Energy and Minerals Group, facilitate coordination, communication, and teamwork throughout the Survey, PRI, and with other components of the University.

Timothy Olaf Nesheim Timothy Olaf Nesheim President (2022-2023) ND Geological Survey 701-777-2460
Anna Sheldon Phelps Anna Sheldon Phelps Past President (2022-2023) SM Energy (303) 837-2484
Riley Brinkerhoff Riley Brinkerhoff President Elect (2022-2023) SM Energy
Brianna  Berg Brianna Berg Secretary Treasurer Elect (2022-2023) AIM GeoAnalytics 4059216649
Clayton  Schultz Clayton Schultz Secretary Treasurer (2022-2023) SM Energy

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