Geologists Required: Solution-Centered, Performance-Enhanced Hydraulic Fracturing

Don’t miss the newest, perhaps most interdisciplinary hydraulic fracturing presentation & discussion-based conference this year.  The AAPG Hydraulic Fracturing: New Controversies and Key Plays  Geosciences Technology Workshop will take place August 13-15, 2012 in Golden, Colorado, and will feature more than 30 high-level presenters, and an open discussion forum, will focus on new developments in hydraulic fracturing with an emphasis on the importance of understanding the geology, rock properties, geomechanics, geochemistry, reservoir fluids, natural fracture systems and the nature of the reservoir itself. The approach is multi-disciplinary, and exploration and production issues will be expanded to consider environmental concerns, new technologies, and new findings about the reservoirs themselves.

This workshop is intended to bring together technology developers and users with environmental specialists, regulators, and policy makers to find common ground and open channels of discussion and understanding. This should lead to more technology-based and less emotional development of policies and regulations on O&G activities. As well as improve the understanding by the O&G industry of how to avoid confrontation and improve hydraulic fracturing practices to eliminate any potential hazards to the public and surface owners.

Hydraulic fracturing for both conventional and unconventional oil and gas development and production, has become a hot button issue for the public and regulators in most of the United States and Canada where this technology is being used or might be used in the near future. Concern and regulation of hydraulic also is growing in other areas of the world, especially in Europe. There is a disconnect in most places between how the technology is applied and the real and perceived hazards to aquifers and surface owners (including induced-earthquake hazards) that have led to the contentious state of affairs.

In conclusion this workshop, which is a part of the Geoscience Technology Workshop series, is intended to help you build the core skills and knowledge you need in petroleum exploration and development in today’s integrative environment.

For more information about the GTW, please visit the website:

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