EMD Offers Varied Dallas Program

From Hydrates to Policy

The Energy Minerals Division's technical program for the annual meeting in Dallas April 18-21 brings the latest research findings and up-to-date information on commodities and topics of EMD interest.

Creties Jenkins and Ron Grubbs were primarily responsible for the program, so thanks to them for their fine work.

The EMD leadership/business meeting will be held on Saturday, April 17, from 5-8 p.m. at the Hyatt Reunion Hotel. Details of the EMD program and paper abstracts can be assessed on the AAPG Web site.

Here are some highlights of the technical program:

EMD's program starts with a pre-convention short course on Sunday, April 18, at the Dallas Convention Center, titled "Advances in Coalbed Methane Exploration and Development: A Review of Coalbed Methane Potential and Opportunities in North America." If you are involved in this field of work, this course will be informative, educational and beneficial, so sign up early.

There are three oral sessions on Monday (morning and afternoon) on "Gas Hydrate Exploitation, Sediment Strength and Slope Instability Along Continental Margins" (EMD/SEPM).

A poster session on this topic is set for Tuesday morning, and an afternoon oral session on Monday on "Unconventional Gas" (AAPG/EMD) will be followed by a poster session on Tuesday morning.

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The Energy Minerals Division's technical program for the annual meeting in Dallas April 18-21 brings the latest research findings and up-to-date information on commodities and topics of EMD interest.

Creties Jenkins and Ron Grubbs were primarily responsible for the program, so thanks to them for their fine work.

The EMD leadership/business meeting will be held on Saturday, April 17, from 5-8 p.m. at the Hyatt Reunion Hotel. Details of the EMD program and paper abstracts can be assessed on the AAPG Web site.

Here are some highlights of the technical program:

EMD's program starts with a pre-convention short course on Sunday, April 18, at the Dallas Convention Center, titled "Advances in Coalbed Methane Exploration and Development: A Review of Coalbed Methane Potential and Opportunities in North America." If you are involved in this field of work, this course will be informative, educational and beneficial, so sign up early.

There are three oral sessions on Monday (morning and afternoon) on "Gas Hydrate Exploitation, Sediment Strength and Slope Instability Along Continental Margins" (EMD/SEPM).

A poster session on this topic is set for Tuesday morning, and an afternoon oral session on Monday on "Unconventional Gas" (AAPG/EMD) will be followed by a poster session on Tuesday morning.

Also on Tuesday morning are three additional poster sessions: A "CO2 Sequestration" (DEG/SEPM/EMD) poster, followed by an oral session on the same topic. The other two poster sessions are "Environmental Geology and Geochemistry" (DEG/EMD) and "Advances and Applications in Non-Seismic Methods: Remote Sensing, GPR and GIS" (EMD).

A forum on "The Future of Global Energy: Technical, Environmental, Economic and Policy Issues" (DEG/SEPM/EMD) is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon as is a poster sessionwtufbfyfwwyuxedftvzsxbuuzevtrxvrydxt titled "New Advances in Geothermal Energy."

Wednesday features two poster sessions: "Oil Sands and Other Unconventional Oil Plays" (EMD), and "Sedimentary Geology of Coal Bearing Strata" (SEPM/EMD).

The EMD Luncheon and Awards will begin at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Dallas Convention Center, featuring P. Patrick Leahy, associate director for geology, U.S. Geological Survey, who will speak on "The USGS Role in Preparing for the Energy Mix of the Future."

I urge convention attendees and especially EMD members to sign up early for this event and make it a resounding success.

As reported in the January EXPLORER, our Honorary Membership award will be presented to Douglas C. Peters; the Distinguished Service award will be given to Thomas E. Ewing and Michael A. Wiley; the Past President awardee is Rebecca Dodge; and EMD Certificate of Merit winners are Dennis L. Nielson, Dennis McMurdie and Gayle H. "Scott" McColloch Jr.

EMD awards also will be given for presentations at last year's annual meeting in Salt Lake City. Those winners include:

  • Frank Kottlowski Memorial Presentation Award (best paper) — to Jack C. Pashin, Marcella R. McIntyre and R.E. Carroll, for "Defining the Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Window for Coalbed Methane Reservoirs in the Black Warrior Basin: Implications for Carbon Sequestration and Enhanced Coalbed Methane Recovery."

  • Best Poster Award — to Adam R. VanHolland, for "Coal Stratigraphy of the Southern Powder River Basin: Converse County, Wyoming."

  • President's Certificate of Excellence in Presentation (oral presentation) — to Jonathan M. Pearce, T.J. Shepherd, J.P. Girard, Y.M. Le Nindre, S.J. Kemp, H. Pauwels and I. Czernichowski, for "CO2 -Pore Water-Rock Interactions from Natural CO2 Gas Pools."

  • President's Certificate of Excellence in Presentation (oral) — to James W. Johnson, J.J. Nitao, S.C. Blair and J.P. Morris, for "CO2 Reservoirs: Are they Natural Analogs to Engineered Geologic Storage Sites?"

  • President's Certificate of Excellence in Presentation (oral) — to Amy E. Whitaker and J. Caldaro-Baird, for "A Methodology to Predict Fracture Permeability at Depth in Coalbed Methane Prospects, with the Ferron Coal, Utah as an Example."

  • President's Certificate of Excellence in Presentation (poster) — to William J. Winters, W.F. Waite, D.H. Mason, I. Novosel, O.M. Boldina, S.R. Dallimore, T.S. Collett, T.D. Lorenson, C.K. Paull, R.E. Rogers, W.R. Bryant and T.M. McGee, for "Physical Properties of Sediment Containing Natural and Laboratory-Formed Gas Hydrates."

  • President's Certificate of Excellence in Presentation (poster) — to Robert B. Hunter, S.A. Digert, R.R. Casavant, T.S. Collett, S.L. Patil, R.A. Johnson, M.M. Poulton, C.E. Glass, K.M. Mallon and A. Dandekar, for "Resource Characterization and Quantification of Natural Gas-Hydrate and Associated Free-Gas Accumulations, Prudhoe Bay — Kuparuk River Area, North Slope of Alaska."

  • President's Certificate of Excellence in Presentation (poster) — to Harry Roberts, J.M. Coleman, J.M. Hunt, W.W. Shedd and R. Sassen, for "Seafloor and Subsurface Geology of Gas Hydrate Exposure Sites — Northern Gulf of Mexico Continental Slope."

The final EMD event will be a post-convention field trip starting on Wednesday evening and ending late Thursday. This field trip, led by Brian Cardott and Jeffrey Levine, will provide an "Overview of Coal and Coalbed Methane in the Arkoma Basin, Eastern Oklahoma."


EMD, working together with the other AAPG divisions and SEPM, has brought you this wide-ranging and diverse program. Thanks to all who have worked to put this all together.

As always, we need judges for the EMD sessions — so, please, volunteer to be a judge and indicate your commitment on the registration form.

We look forward to seeing you all in Dallas for our technical offerings.

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