Geologists Focus on Issues Making Headlines in the Energy Field, Sept. 25-27

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2016) — The Kentucky Geological Survey at the University of Kentucky and the Geological Society of Kentucky will host a significant meeting of geologists, earth-science educators and students interested in energy resources from around the eastern U.S. and Canada on Sept. 25-27.  

The 45th annual meeting of the Eastern Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) will focus on the opportunities and challenges of energy resources in the eastern part of North America. Borrowing from the world-famous bourbon industry of the region, organizers have chosen the theme of “Basins to Barrels” for the event.

Dozens of technical talks on current industry issues, research and regulation are planned for two days of morning and afternoon sessions, with poster sessions and networking breaks in between. Many session topics will include issues making headlines in the energy field. They include emerging sources and locations of oil and natural gas, new methods for improving energy resource recovery (such as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing), the potential for inducing earthquakes with oil and gas exploration activities, and environmental issues (greenhouse gas emissions, disposal of wastewater, and others).

Most of the meeting sessions will be held at the Lexington Convention Center complex in downtown Lexington. Pre- and post-meeting field trips are also planned, allowing participants to visit unique features in the Bluegrass region, such as the water resources needed for the bourbon industry and the coal geology of eastern Kentucky. A geochemistry workshop is also available, to give participants opportunities to improve their professional knowledge and skills.

University students and young professionals in the oil and gas field will have the chance to mingle with industry representatives, make presentations on their research, and share networking opportunities.

The Eastern Section is one of six North American sections of the AAPG, which was formed in 1917 to advance and promote the science of geology and energy exploration. The Geological Society of Kentucky is the state affiliate of the AAPG.

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