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The latest news and views from around the world, with a focus on the topics that matter most to AAPG members.

Energy Policy Blog

Formerly known as the "GeoDC Blog." Dedicated to where the energy geosciences, public policy, politics, and business meet—both in the United States and abroad.

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In mid-June the Democratic party is evidently debating whether a carbon tax should be part of the party’s election platform. Donald Trump does not support a carbon tax. Congressional Republicans consistently oppose a carbon tax. However, there is a sense that Republicans may prefer a carbon tax to additional carbon emissions regulations or as part of comprehensive tax reform.

Currently, California and nine other states, most of Canada, and the European Union price carbon, generally through cap and trade systems. These systems have operational problems and their benefits are unclear.

Events Blog

This is your source for learning about the opportunities, trends and people shaping AAPG's conferences and conventions. From ACE to ICE, APPEX to Geo, Conventions Marketing Manager Samantha Knowlton brings you the latest events news. You'll also hear from event committee members serving as guest bloggers.

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Ensure your brand, ideas and innovations are on the front lines as these exciting changes unfold in the Mexican oil and gas sector. Book your exhibit space and secure a sponsorship at ICE 2016 Cancun today!

Learn! Blog

Dr. Susan Nash, AAPG’s Director of Education and Professional Development, shares the new territory she’s introducting to AAPG with courses and dynamic new workshops. She is also planning more interactive, Web 2.0 offerings. So, give her your input about the best and worst of the wild and woolly world of webinars, Web-based training, and open courseware.

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High resolution fault visualization from seismic is an area that shows new promise, especially in finding compartments and new productive zones. High resolution fault volumes can be used to find small faults that have been intersected by wells and led to drilling problems (fluid losses, borehole stability issues, casing damage), as well as production problems. Fault volumes can be used to identify and e.g. shut off faults that are delivering water, or that allow cross-flow between zones and wells. The volumes can be also used to stay clear of faults, or target sweet spots or compartments in future wells.

Student Outlook

News and discussion geared toward AAPG’s Student Chapters and their members, maintained by Mike Mlynek, AAPG Student Affairs Coordinator.

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Active U.S. military service members (including National Guard and Reserve) or veteran members are encouraged to apply for an AAPG Foundation scholarship of up to $4,000. Application deadline is 11:5 (CST), April 15, 2016.

wwwUpdate Blog

News, updates, and commentary from all corners of AAPG’s Web world. Web Producer Bogdan Michka keeps you up to date on what’s new and exciting around aapg.org and its subsites, with input from AAPG HQ staff including Datapages, GIS-UDRIL, Information Technology and more.

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Do you know someone who is worthy of AAPG honors? The AAPG Honors and Awards Committee seeks nominations for 2017 awards to be presented at the 100th Annual Convention and Exhibition in Houston, April 2-5, 2017.

Foundation Update

News and announcements from the AAPG Foundation, brought to you by April Stuart.

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Do you know a college or university professor who is setting a gold standard in earth science education? Nominate him or her today for an opportunity to be acknowledged for his or her efforts.

EMD Blog

Stay up-to-date on EMD news, announcements and events. EMD supports technical program sessions at several of AAPG's meetings including the annual meeting, international meetings and section or region meetings.

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The results are in for Energy Minerals Division 2016-17 officer election.

DEG Blog

Stay up-to-date on DEG news, announcements and events. DEG supports technical program sessions at several of AAPG's meetings including the annual meeting, international meetings and section or region meetings. Often, DEG members hear of symposia and workshops of interest to the DEG membership. These are included in this blog.

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The results are in for Division of Environmental Geosciences 2016-17 officer election.

Africa Blog

News and announcements from the Lagos office of the AAPG Africa Region, brought to you by Delia Kuye and friends.

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AAPG Africa Region in partnership with ExxonMobil Nigeria kicked-off a 5-day short course on Structural Geology in line with ExxonMobil Nigeria’s commitment towards developing Nigerian geoscientists under ExxonMobil Nigeria’s Universities Assistance Program, UAP.

Asia Pacific Blog

News and announcements from the Singapore office of the AAPG Asia Pacific Region, brought to you by Adrienne Pereira and friends.

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Join our keynote speakers for the second GTW in New Zealand - submit your abstract no later than 1 July 2016. Learn more about the tentative session themes and speakers paper topics ...

Canada Blog

News and announcements from the AAPG Canada Region, brought to you by AAPG Headquarters staff.

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The AAPG DPA Playmaker Forum debuted in Canada on March 31 through collaboration among AAPG, the AAPG Division of Professional Affairs and the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG).

Europe Blog

News and announcements from the AAPG Europe Region, brought to you by the London Office staff.

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ExxonMobil has been exploring in the Romanian sector of the Black Sea since 2008, with our partner, OMV Petrom. After acquisition of a 3D seismic survey in 2009, we drilled the Domino-1 gas discovery in 2012. This was the first deepwater discovery anywhere in the Black Sea. This discovery was followed by acquisiiton of a second 3D survey, the largest that had ever been acquired in the Black Sea at that time. The results of the first well and both 3D surveys were then used to plan an extensive drilling program to appraise the Domino discovery and conduct further exploration in the block.

Latin America Blog

News and announcements from the Bogota office of the AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region, brought to you by Emily Smith Llinás and friends.

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The 2016 semifinal participants included Universidad Simón Bolíviar and Universidad Central de Venezuela, both from Caracas, Venezuela; Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, from Lima, Peru; and University of the West Indies, from St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago.

Middle East Blog

News and announcements from the AAPG Middle East Region, brought to you by the Dubai Office staff.

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Developed in 1941, the Distinguished Lecturer Tour continues to be AAPG’s oldest and most prestigious program. The initiative offers outstanding lectures by speakers who are respected scientific leaders in their disciplines of petroleum geology. Anyone can attend the lectures which are hosted by AAPG affiliated geological societies or university departments.