“Basins to Barrels” will be the theme of the annual meeting of the Eastern Section of AAPG, which will be held Sept. 25-27 at the Lexington Convention Center complex in Lexington, Ky.
Co-hosted by the Geological Society of Kentucky and the Kentucky Geological Survey in the heart of Bourbon Country, the event will focus on the opportunities and challenges of energy resources in the Appalachian, Illinois and Michigan basins.
The event’s theme will be explored by opportunities to sample the region’s renowned variety of bourbon whiskeys, as well as by a field trip to explore the role of geology in shaping the region’s unique history with whiskey.
A variety of technical sessions have been planned and will take place throughout the meeting.
Presenters will provide a unique insight into topics that include:
- New production methods and analysis techniques.
- Ordovician shale resources.
- The Marcellus Shale Energy and Environmental Laboratory.
- Emerging unconventional shale plays.
- Structure and tectonic effects on reservoirs.
- Carbon dioxide use and storage.
- Groundwater and environmental issues.
Also, interactive workshops will feature topics about dolomite reservoir analysis, communicating with Washington legislators, unconventional reservoir quality analysis and introductory geochemistry for shale-gas, condensate-rich shales and tight oil reservoirs.
Field trips will explore the geology of the area. The first will cover the role of the regional geology in the origins and history of bourbon whiskey. Several production sites and two operating distilleries will be toured, complete with bourbon tastings.
The second field trip will showcase the Upper Ordovician Lexington Limestone, which contains a mosaic of carbonate facies.
The third will explore new roadcuts in the western margin of the Eastern Kentucky Coalfield. It will highlight the marine to fluvial coastal-deltaic facies in Pennsylvanian rocks.
In addition, an exhibition area will include booths for professional organizations and energy-sector companies where they will be available to share information about products and services they offer.
The Hyatt Regency will be the main hotel. Rooms are reserved at a discounted rate and are available through the website below.
For more details, visit www.esaapgmtg.org/