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Buhr-stone: The French Connection

April 20,2017

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What has been happening with Induced Seismicity since the release of the Induced Seismicity Primer by the States First Initiative?

March 8,2017

In September of 2015, the States First Initiative (a joint IOGCC (Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission) and GWPC (Ground Water Protection Council) Initiative) released a Primer on Technical and Regulatory Considerations Informing Risk Management and Mitigation to serve as a reference to regulatory agencies in setting rules on addressing potential injection induced seismicity.  Since … Continue reading “What has been happening with Induced Seismicity since the release of the Induced Seismicity Primer by the States First Initiative?”


Geological aspects on productivity variation along a Marcellus lateral – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

February 16, 2017

The Marcellus Shale Energy and Environment Laboratory (MSEEL) involves a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional team undertaking integrated geoscience, engineering and environmental research in cooperation with the operator, key technology partners and the National Energy Technology Laboratory of the US Department of Energy.  MSEEL has generated an extremely large and diverse (multiple terabyte) dataset that provides significant … Continue reading “Geological aspects on productivity variation along a Marcellus lateral – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”


Upper Devonian Burket/Geneseo Shale – Appalachia’s Little Brother to the Marcellus

11/12/2016

The Upper Devonian Burket/Geneseo Shale is the organic-rich mudstone that lies immediately above the Tully Limestone and 20’ to more than 800’ above the Marcellus. The thickness of the shale expands from only a few feet in western West Virginia to more than 150’ in its depo-center in central Pennsylvania. Drilling depths increase from less … Continue reading “Upper Devonian Burket/Geneseo Shale – Appalachia’s Little Brother to the Marcellus”


Low Oil Prices and Big Data Analytics – What’s the Synergy?

10/20/2016

The current challenging environment for oil prices has renewed the focus on improving efficiencies across all facets of E&P operations.  Petroleum engineers and geoscientists are continually being asked to ensure that “faster, cheaper, better” strategies become standard operating practice.  Unfortunately, a good understanding of the factors that are key to achieving these efficiencies is often … Continue reading “Low Oil Prices and Big Data Analytics – What’s the Synergy?”


Lessons Learned from Wireline Logs and Core Analysis of an Appalachian Basin Cambrian-Ordovician Core: Exploration for Vugular Carbonate

May 13, 2016

Battelle has collected significant sections of whole core as a part of their Carbon Sequestration research efforts. Two of these wells, located in Mason County, West Virginia, represent a uniquely complete data set for the Cambrian-Ordovician section in the Appalachian Basin and will be available for viewing following the presentation. The data set comprises whole and … Continue reading “Lessons Learned from Wireline Logs and Core Analysis of an Appalachian Basin Cambrian-Ordovician Core: Exploration for Vugular Carbonate”


The Lima-Indiana oil and natural gas field; a bridge to the future

April 21, 2016

With the 1884 discovery of natural gas in Findley Ohio, a new and explosive wave of oil and natural gas development was about to be unleashed upon the upper Midwest. From Findlay, development continued north to Wood County and south to Allen County with the discovery of the North Baltimore and Lima oil fields. The … Continue reading “The Lima-Indiana oil and natural gas field; a bridge to the future”


Determination of Wellbore Orientation in the Utica Shale of Southeast Ohio

March 16, 2016

The Utica Shale is fast becoming one of the premier shale plays in North America.  As the number of wells drilled in the play is growing daily, optimizing well performance by nailing down wellbore orientation, landing point, and proper completion strategy is vital to the play’s success.  In this presentation we will examine wellbore orientation.  … Continue reading “Determination of Wellbore Orientation in the Utica Shale of Southeast Ohio”


Air-FTG® – Full Tensor Gravity Gradiometry: What it is and how it is being used to advance exploration programs

February 18, 2016

Air-FTG® directly measures different components of the 3D gravity field using the world’s only multi-accelerometer moving platform. Developed during the 1970’s and 80’s and first deployed on sea-going vessels in the 1990’s, the technology is now arguably the industry’s most successful exploration tool on offer. Much heralded success has resulted from deployment over Salt Basins … Continue reading “Air-FTG® – Full Tensor Gravity Gradiometry: What it is and how it is being used to advance exploration programs”


Challenges and Strategies for Monitoring Induced Seismicity

October 29, 2015

Induced seismicity is potentially caused by activities such as mining, reservoir or dam impoundment, geothermal reservoir stimulation, wastewater injection, hydraulic fracturing and CO2 sequestration. Induced seismic events are rarely large enough to be felt locally or detected regionally. However, between 2013 and 2015, several events larger than M3.0 were recorded in British Columbia, Alberta, Ohio … Continue reading “Challenges and Strategies for Monitoring Induced Seismicity”


Berea Sandstone Horizontal Oil Play, Northeastern Kentucky

November 13, 2014

Presentation given November 2014: The Upper Devonian Berea Sandstone is a major natural gas and oil reservoir in eastern Kentucky. Oil and gas production dates back to the early 1900’s. Production is from stratigraphic traps in tight siltstone and very fine-grained sandstone reservoirs interpreted to have been deposited in turbidite fans and channels, and storm … Continue reading “Berea Sandstone Horizontal Oil Play, Northeastern Kentucky”


EO-Ulrichian to Neo-Ulrichian Views: Lessons from an Ordovician “Layer Cake”

March 10, 2014

Classical notions of “layer cake stratigraphy” have been denigrated as representing an antiquated view of the geologic record. The American paleontologist E.O. Ulrich was vilified as the quintessential advocate of “layer cake stratigraphy”, perhaps best exemplified by his views of the Ordovician Cincinnatian rocks in the Ohio-Kentucky area, because he failed to acknowledge the possibility … Continue reading “EO-Ulrichian to Neo-Ulrichian Views: Lessons from an Ordovician “Layer Cake””


Hydraulic Fracturing and Earthquakes: Ethically, How Do We Move Forward and Do the Right Thing?

March 11, 2015

This presentation was given March of 2015 at the Geological Society meeting hosted by OOGA in Columbus, Ohio:  In 2010 Senator Bingaman of New Mexico requested that Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu engage the National Research Council (NRC), the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering, to form … Continue reading “Hydraulic Fracturing and Earthquakes: Ethically, How Do We Move Forward and Do the Right Thing?”


What’s Shaking in Ohio? Using Earthquake Waveform Similarity to Investigate Whether They Are Caused by Deep Wastewater Injection Wells

February 10, 2014

From March to December 2011, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Seismic Network (OSN) recorded 11 earthquakes in Youngstown, leading to speculation that the earthquakes were caused by wastewater injection. In fact, this occurred during a dramatic rise in small to moderate seismicity in the central and eastern United States over the past decade that … Continue reading “What’s Shaking in Ohio? Using Earthquake Waveform Similarity to Investigate Whether They Are Caused by Deep Wastewater Injection Wells”


More Informed Drilling and Completions Through Advanced Cuttings Analysis at Wellsite

May 23, 2015

Routine geochemical screening methods combined with advanced mineralogical and elemental stratigraphy data are integral to successful unconventional petroleum reservoir assessment and development. Advances in instrumental technology and field deployment strategies are shown to facilitate “near real time” acquisition of these data sets while drilling. Specifically, data obtained from drill cuttings and core chips are organic … Continue reading “More Informed Drilling and Completions Through Advanced Cuttings Analysis at Wellsite”


Weighing the Greenland Ice Sheet using GPS

February 17, 2015

Presentation given February 2014: Greenland GPS Network (GNET) is being used in combination with other geophysical sensors to examine ice loss in the world’s second largest and most unstable ice sheet. Crustal uplift manifests delayed viscoelastic rebound due to the loss of ice since the Last Glacial Maximum, a phenomenon known as Postglacial Rebound, but … Continue reading “Weighing the Greenland Ice Sheet using GPS”


Investigations and Mining the OARS Tunnel

April 10, 2014

The OARS Tunnel is a 20-foot diameter sewer tunnel being constructed for the City of Columbus to prevent combined sewer overflows from downtown Columbus entering the Scioto River. The tunnel will eventually extend from the Jackson Pike Waste Water Treatment Plant on the City’s south end to north to Interstate 670, just north of the … Continue reading “Investigations and Mining the OARS Tunnel”