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On the cover: This month’s EXPLORER celebrates and examines some of the innovations that are driving successful projects in surprising places all over the world – including some new approaches in the U.S. Mid-continent involving shales. The cover shot of Desoto Drilling’s initial rig at its first Fayetteville Shale well is a good example of exploration innovation. See story on page 6.

Photo courtesy of Southwestern Energy Co.

PDF of this Issue (52 pages, 23.74 Mb)

STANDING ARTICLES:

President's Column:

New Dues Structure Being Considered

Director's Corner:

Plan Provides Road Map to Goals

Division Column -- EMD:

Gas Shales Tricky to Understand

Geophysical Corner:

S-Waves and Fractured Reservoirs

Washington Watch:

OCS Offers Something to Think About

Regions and Sections:

European Region


Officer candidates bios, responses and photos.

Longtime renowned educator Arnold H. Bouma is this year’s Sidney Powers medalist, heading the list of those chosen to receive AAPG honors and awards.

International stories What’s new? Challenges in both new and old shale gas plays are forcing operators to find innovative approaches.

One Houston company uses innovative techniques to more than double gas shale production in about three months in Fayetteville, Ark.

Canada’s Horseshoe Canyon is part of a truly great coalbed methane frontier – and thanks to technical innovations and a lot of learning, its potential just got a lot clearer.

News flash: The media made the recent “Jack 2 well story” in the Gulf of Mexico a very big deal – but the full story is yet to be told.

Shut-in: The U.S. Department of Energy has served notice – funding for the high-profile Petroleum Technology Transfer Council is about to end.

Question: Why do some people in the oil industry look at Kermit the Frog with envy? Answer: He has his own official U.S. postage stamp. Can Col. Drake be far behind?

London calling: The AAPG European Office, the Association’s first Region satellite bureau, is open for business at the Imperial College.

AAPG expands Distinguished Lecture program to include the Distinguished Instructor.

Distinguished Lecture program begins five tours during November.

House of Delegates candidates announced.


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