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December, 2009

More than 250 delegates from the Applied Geodynamics Laboratory’s 32 member companies attended the 22nd AGL Annual Meeting, held in Austin December 3-4. This number represents a record for the AGL. Attendees listened to 20 presentations on salt tectonics over the course of the meeting, ranging in topic from physical modeling of allochthonous salt to numerical modeling of subsalt drilling hazards to subsalt structure in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
BEG director Scott Tinker welcomes delegates
at the opening of the AGL Annual Meeting.

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DOE, BEG logo On December 4th, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced funding of the $350 million Texas Clean Energy Project. The 8-year, DOE-sponsored program managed by Summit Texas Clean Energy, LLC, will integrate coal-gasification and power-generating technology with carbon-capture
technologies to capture 90% of the CO2 at a 400-megawatt plant to be built near Midland-Odessa, Texas. The captured CO2 will be treated, compressed, and transported by pipeline to oil fields in West Texas for use in enhanced oil recovery (EOR) operations. As part of that program, the Bureau of Economic Geology will design and assure compliance with a state-of-the-art CO2 sequestration monitoring, verification, and accounting program. Much of the groundwork for the Texas Clean Energy Project was done by BEG for FutureGen Texas, an earlier DOE coal-gasification clean-energy initiative.

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Maharaj, Wood
Vishal Maharaj and Lesli Wood won Third Place in the Thomas A. Philpot Excellence in Presentation Award competition at the recent 2009 GCAGS convention in Louisiana. The paper presented was titled “A Quantitative Paleo-Geomorphic Study of the Fluvio-Deltaic Reservoirs in the Atoka Interval, Fort Worth

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Basin, Texas, U.S.A.” and represented a portion of Vishal’s Master’s thesis research. The research was partly supported by a grant from GCAGS. Vishal is currently working on his doctoral research in the BEG QCL IA research group under the supervision of Dr. Wood.
On December 8th, Sergey Fomel gave the final presentation of the Bureau's Centennial Distinguished Lecture program to 40 people at the Calgary Society of Exploration Geophysicists. Sergey, along with the Bureau's other distinguished lecturers, gave 50 presentations in 10 states around the U.S., Canada, Africa, and Mexico. More than 3,700 people attended these events and all the lectures were well received. Thanks to Shirley Dutton, Sergey, Bob Hardage, Sue Hovorka, Mike Hudec, Martin Jackson, Charlie Kerans, Steve Laubach, Bob Loucks, Jerry Lucia, Steve Ruppel, Bridget Scanlon, and Lesli Wood for taking time from their very busy schedules to make the Centennial Lecture Series a great success.

 

 

 

 
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