September is annual meeting month for four AAPG Sections:
Last month's column provided details of the Mid-Continent and Eastern meetings -- this month, the spotlight is turned on the month's later gatherings.
Rocky Mountain Section Meeting
The Section will hold its annual meeting Sept. 24-26 at the Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Like the gatherings of fur trappers in the early 1800s, this modern-day Rocky Mountain Rendezvous -- hosted by the Wyoming, Nevada and Idaho local affiliates -- offers professionals a chance to prepare themselves to meet the challenge of securing our country's energy needs.
It all begins with Saturday's Environmental Forum, "How the Federal Land Use Planning Process and Other Regulatory Programs Impact Oil and Gas Exploration and Development on Public Lands," followed by the opening/awards session.
A variety of sessions are offered Sunday and Monday, including:
- The multi-part "Mega-Session: Increasing the Supply of Rocky Mountain Natural Gas" highlighting CBM and the economic, technical and geologic aspects of this challenge.
- Exploration Challenges of the Great Basin and Utah Hingeline, featuring talks about activity generated by Wolverine's central Utah discovery.
- Geologic Developments in the Rockies.
- Resource Plays.
- Advanced Technologies for Exploration and Production.
The Exhibit Hall will be filled by vendors demonstrating the latest in a range of products and services, and social events include Saturday evening's Welcoming Reception, Sunday afternoon's Icebreaker in the exhibits hall and Sunday evening's BBQ dinner and western dance.
Sunday's All Convention luncheon features Robert Smith, who will relate the exciting story behind the evolution of the Yellowstone hotspot.
Guests will have the opportunity to visit the renowned National Museum of Wildlife Art, as well as tour Grand Teton National Park by raft or van.
For additional information visit http://www.wyogeo.org.
The Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies' annual meeting, "Geological Gumbo -- A Gulf Coast Recipe for Success, will be held Sept. 25-27 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Orleans.
The New Orleans Geological Society will serve as hosts for the Section's 55th annual gathering.
- The opening session and awards ceremony at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, featuring keynote speaker Robert Ryan Jr., general manager-global exploration, Chevron Corp. Following the session will be the icebreaker.
- A first-time special event: "Restoring America's Coastal Heartland -- A Symposium on Coastal Processes and Restoration." (See related story, page 16.)
- The Arnold Bouma Turbidite Symposium, honoring Bouma's career.
- Technical presentations on such topics as case studies, emerging trends and new concepts from onshore to deep water.
- The All Convention luncheon on Monday, Sept. 26, featuring David Kerstein, Helis Oil and Gas.
For details, go online to www.gcags.org.