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December 2013

More than 360 industry representatives from 36 companies registered to attend the 2013 AGL Industrial Associates Annual Meeting, held in Austin on November 12-13. Delegates heard 20 presentations over the course of the meeting related to geologic studies, physical models, and numerical models of salt structures from around the world. Presenters included BEG employees Dan Carruthers, Tim Dooley, Mahdi Heidari, Mike Hudec, Chris Jackson, Martin Jackson, Gang Luo, and Maria Nikolinakou.
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1On November 1st, a team of twenty Bureau researchers and graduate students, led by associate directors Jay Kipper, Eric Potter, and Michael Young, made a trek to South Texas' Eagle Ford Shale play to see firsthand what horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing operations are all about. Marathon Oil Company generously sponsored and hosted the entire expedition, a trip that was made possible by Kent England, Marathon's Gulf of Mexico exploration director (UT General Geology/Geological Sciences, '82), and the company's executive liaison to the University. That morning, after a safety briefing at the Marathon office in Kenedy, Karnes County, the BEG team suited up in fire-retardant jump suits, hardhats, gloves, and safety glasses for a comprehensive tour of a nearby drilling rig. The rig was engaged in drilling a horizontal well in the Eagle Ford shale formation to a total depth of over 15,000 feet. That afternoon, the group2 headed south into Atascosa County to investigate a fracking operation, an operation temporarily put on hold by Marathon for the safety of the Bureau visitors. On this equipment-laden location, three horizontal wells were being alternately fracked, one stage at a time. Marathon crew members at both sites expertly fielded the many technical questions posed by the BEG team. All of the participants concluded the day with a vastly greater knowledge of unconventional drilling and completion operations, each expressing gratitude to Marathon Oil Company for the tremendous educational opportunity and for its gracious hospitality.




 

 
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