Explorer Policy Watch

Commercial interest in the Arctic has grown with declines in summer sea ice cover – since 2007 the extent of Arctic sea ice has been significantly less than it was in the decade after satellite measurements started in 1978.

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Explorer Historical Highlights

The well drilled in the Gander Block was called “Blue” after the world’s largest mammal, the blue whale, since it was going to be drilled on one of the world’s largest prospects. In mid-1979 Blue H-28 spudded in 4,876 feet (1,486 meters) of water and was drilled problem-free to a drill depth of 20,023 feet (6,103 meters).

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Energy Policy Blog

As 2015 begins, the oil and gas industry is preparing itself for a plethora of regulatory activities. 

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Energy Policy Blog

Russia, Denmark (through Greenland) and Canada all claim that their territories extend to the North Pole. This is despite the fact that the Pole is well over 400 miles from the shores of any Arctic country. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea Treaty provides a mechanism for recognizing national territorial claims beyond the traditional 200-nautical-mile limit if a country’s continental shelf extends further. The United States is not a party to the Convention so it will not be staking a claim.

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Energy Policy Blog

Arctic exploration and production is heating up: Shell plans to resume drilling in the arctic offshore Alaska in 2015, and in the spring of 2015 the U.S. is assuming the leadership of the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum created to address the concerns to Arctic nations and the region’s indigenous peoples. Undiscovered Arctic oil and gas resources are huge, as are producing onshore fields. There are only a few producing fields in the offshore arctic, but that number could expand with planned drilling offshore Russia and Alaska.

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Learn! Blog

This conference will provide an opportunity for attendees to share knowledge and identify differences in depositional processes, define how variability affects play elements, and define differences in stratigraphic models and sedimentary concepts.

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Explorer Historical Highlights

The history of oil development in Alaska is often presented as a heroic tale, but long before the 1968 discovery of the Prudhoe Bay field (16 billion barrels and counting), the industry experience was marked by a great deal of frustration and failure.

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Energy Policy Blog

As Arctic ice thins and retreats, growing commercial access–from cruise ships to oil and gas drilling–will increase the risk of an oil spill. A recent National Research Council report found that resources, technology, research, manpower, funding and logistics are inadequate to respond to an Arctic oil spill.

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Correlator Article

Playmaker 2.0 was a highly successful one-day event co-sponsored by DPA and the AAPG education department held Jan. 23, 2014 in Houston.

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Explorer Regions and Sections

European Region office is on the move. They are relocating and it is now a good time to look back over the year and reflect on has occurred for 2013.

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