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June 2005

Scott Tinker

"It's not about Peak Oil" is the title of Bureau Director Scott Tinker's recent op-ed article printed recently in the Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, and San Antonio Express-News. Scott's commentary is about the hot topic of "peak oil" and the array of experts who believe that a pending peak in world oil production will soon lead to global economic collapse. "All of this might be entertaining were it another Hollywood film," said

Scott, and summarized his discussion by saying that "U.S. energy policies must be aggressive, must focus on efficiency and conservation measures, and should lead the world in a smooth transition to an unconventional-oil, clean-coal, natural-gas, nuclear, and emerging energy-supply future. Our economy and environment will be the prime beneficiaries." Click here for Scott's original full text. 06/27/05

Bureau Director Scott W. Tinker presented the Bureau of Economic Geology’s Alumnus of the Year Award to Charles G. “Chip” Groat at the annual meeting of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists in Calgary. Groat worked at the Bureau from 1968 to 1978, conducting environmental and mineral resources research in West

Chip Groat, left, receiving the award from BEG Director Scott Tinker.

Texas and the Gulf Coast and serving as Associate Director. Groat has served as director of the U.S. Geological Survey since 1998. He is returning to the Jackson School this month to head the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy, a new public policy center at The University of Texas at Austin focusing on energy and the environment. Groat has been a member of the Bureau’s Advisory Committee since it was formed in 2000. 06/24/06

Deep Shelf Gas Consortium

Angela McDonnell addressing members of the Deep Shelf Gas Consortium at the Houston Research Center.

A project review meeting of the Bureau's Deep Shelf Gas Consortium was held on June 9, 2005, at the Houston Research Center. Bob Loucks, Angela McDonnell, Shinichi Sakurai, Shirley Dutton, and Eric Potter addressed 39 attendees on the status of the program and initial results. Topics included

3-D seismic interpretation, petrophysics, and reservoir quality of deeply buried sandstones in Texas State Waters. 6/17/05

On June 8–9, PTTC Texas Region teamed up with Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute and other groups to host the 3rd annual Barnett Shale Symposium in Farmers Branch. Approximately 200 people from Texas, the U.S., and Canada attended the 2-day event. Attendees heard excellent presentations from speakers with backgrounds as diverse

Bo Henk, Matador Resources

Bo Henk, Matador Resources, gave a core miniworkshop during one of the breaks at the symposium. Barnett core from the Mitchell T.P. Sims #2 well in Wise County is archived at BEG's Core Research Center. During the symposium, Bo gave a presentation titled "Lithofacies of the Barnett Shale Formation from Outcrop to Subsurface."

as real estate, investment strategy, geochemistry, geology, and reservoir management, along with perspectives from operators themselves. Presentations included "Hydraulic Fracture Monitoring in the Barnett Shale" by former BEG scientist Dr. Joel Le Calvez, Halliburton, and "Shale Gas Potential of Source Rocks along the Ouachita Thrust Front" by Dr. Dan Jarvie, Humble Geochemical. 6/13/05

Left to right: Members of Rep. McCaul’s staff Gene Irisari (Deputy Chief of Staff/Legislative Director) and Victoria Miller (Director of Field Operations); Dr. Juan Sanchez (UT Vice President for Research), Representative McCaul, Dr. Scott Tinker, and Dr. Manthiram.

Michael McCaul, U.S. Congressman for Texas’ 10th District, and members of his staff were visitors to the Bureau on Friday, June 3, to hear two presentations on future energy issues. BEG Director Scott Tinker discussed fossil energy and related environmental issues, and Dr. Arumugam “Ram” Manthiram of UT’s Mechanical Engineering Department discussed fuel cell research. 6/10/05

Julie Fowler is a new Administrative Assistant assigned to help researchers on the 2nd floor. She is a UT graduate with a B.S. degree in history (2004; specializing in world cultures), and she worked as an administrative assistant during college. Most recently, Julie was a Travel Advisor for Great Wall China Adoption, helping families with the travel and postplacement phases of their adoptions. Welcome, Julie! 6/10/05

Researcher Paul Sava has been awarded his third Award of Merit from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists — the most student-presentation awards to be given to one person in SEG history. The prestigious award was bestowed in recognition of the student paper that Paul presented at the last SEG International Convention titled "Wavefield Extrapolation in Riemannian Coordinates." Congratulations, Paul! 6/2/05

Paul Sava
Dennis Campa

Dennis Campa is a new Administrative Assistant who will be leading a double life at the BEG: in the morning he'll be working in the Office of Publication Sales, and in the afternoon at the Geophysical Log Facility. Dennis enjoys researching old movies and, more recently, music, and in his spare time he works as a deejay. 6/2/05

   

 

 
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