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Petroleum geologists to meet in Cleveland

By Bob Downing Published: September 19, 2012

Press release on Cleveland conference:

The Eastern Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists will convene September 22-26 in Cleveland to discuss new discoveries and activities in major geologic basins, including the Marcellus, Utica, Point Pleasant, Huron, Rhinestreet and New Albany formations.

Presented by The Ohio Geological Society, the 41st Annual Meeting of the ESAAPG will take place at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. Cleveland was the host city in 1972 when the Section met for the first time.

The opening session Sunday afternoon features comments by the John T. Galey Awardee and the Keynote Address by Thomas M. O’Brien, CEO/Managing Director/President of TravelCenters of America who will address the delegation of principally upstream scientists with a downstream perspective on developing natural gas markets.

“Ohio is the focus of worldwide attention with the Marcellus and Utica shales - it is the most exciting new resource play on the planet,” said David E. Harmon, Geologist and current President of the ESAAPG, which covers four major geologic basins currently generating increasing interest and significant investments across the country.

The theme for the conference is “Classic Rocks, 153 Years of Performance.” BHP Billiton is the Prime Sponsor and will be among more than 50 exhibitors sharing new technology and services.

The meeting will also include open technical sessions and networking opportunities with geoscientists working toward a better understanding of the Appalachian, Michigan, Illinois, and Black Warrior Basins. Short courses, field trips and 113 original presentations delivered by world-renowned scientists cover a wide range of shale development related topics, including techniques for understanding the petrophysics and geochemistry to Marcellus Shale case studies and modern drilling and completion techniques.

In addition, a wide range of environmental topics will also be covered, including impacts of mineral extraction and carbon sequestration. Unique social and networking events are also on the playbill, including a reception at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Visit www.esaapg2012 for additional information and a full description of all conference offerings.

The stage is set for the preeminent scientific conference for geoscientists working the basins of eastern North America, and securing America’s energy future.

For more information, call 614-204-3534 or email to



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ODNR Division of Geological Survey.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Ohio State University Extension.

Ohio Farm Bureau.

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Utica Shale, a compilation of Utica shale activities.

Landman Report Card, a site that looks at companies involved in gas and oil leases.FracFocus, a compilation of chemicals used in fracking individual wells as reported voluntarily by some drillers.

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Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.

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Buckeye Forest Council.

Earthjustice, a national eco-group.

Stop Fracking Ohio.

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Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.

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