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1 Greetings, The Geological Society of America Rocky Mountain Section Meeting early registration deadline is April 20th . This years meeting, hosted in Casper, has a Symposium dedicated to John Albanese and his works in forming the subdiscipline of Geoarcheology, Theme sessions hosted by WGA members Phil Nickerson, Marron Bingle-Davis, and myself covering minerals, mining, stratigraphy, sedimentology, and advance- ments and issues in petroleum extraction techniques. WGA is also hosting a field trip to oil producing outcrops as well as the Osage Oil Field, which lasts one day and costs $60.00. Make sure to register ear- ly; if you are interested in only attending the field trip, that is also an option. WGA is also cohosting a four day fieldtrip in conjunction with the AAPG ACE conference titled, Geological Mechanics on the Rocks with a combination of lecture, field observations, group exercises, and technical discussions. The deadline for early registration for this fieldtrip is April 6th. WGA member Don Cardinal has been awarded the Robert J. Weimer Lifetime Contributions Award from the Rocky Mountain Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, following Julie Lemas- ters nomination. This award is designed to recognize an individual whose career has enhanced the prac- tice of the geosciences and/or petroleum geology in the region of the Rocky Mountains. It is similar to the national AAPG Sidney Powers Memorial Award, the AAPGs most distinguished honor. Don will receive his award in Denver during the RMS meeting. This is an amazing achievement award make sure to congratulate Don if you see him. Its truly great to be among such distinguished and hardworking, civically minded scientists- which brings me to a very important request. If any member has photographs of WGA events and members, either digital or physical copies, please bring them to a board member. We will make a scan or copy and protect them so we can keep better track of our amazing members and places they have been. Meetings are held at the Casper Petroleum Club unless noted. A lunch buffet ($12) is served from 11:15 a.m. to noon. Speakers presentation begins at noon. Reservations: email [email protected] or call and leave a message at WGA office 307.237.0027 Contact the WGA office to be added to the email lunch reminder list. Guests are always welcome! Date Name Title 3 No Meeting 10 Joseph Franz Shale Plays SPE 14-Tues Taury Smith Shallow Seasonal Anoxia Model for Organic Rich Mudrocks AAPG 17 No Meeting CONTACT APRIL 2015 PAGE 1 24 Jennifer Eoff Prediction of Continuous Hydrocarbon Accumulations

2 4 April Joseph Franz, Range Resources Corporation SPE Shale Plays: How Technology, Governments, Regulators, Academia, and the Public Have Changed the Worlds Energy Supply and Demand Equation Joseph H. Frantz Jr. is the vice president of engineering technology at Range Resources. He started working on shale reservoirs in 1984 and has been involved with studies on many shale fields across the United States. Frantz has authored or coauthored more than 40 publications and taught an industry school on developing shale reservoirs. He holds a BS degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering from Pennsylvania State University. The global shale revolution is just beginning. Production from US shale reservoirs has increased from 2.5 Bcf/D to more than 25 Bcf/D since 2007, illustrating the viability of this prolific new source of long-term gas supply. Other countries will undoubtedly use the knowledge developed in North America to jump start their own shale plays. Although technical advancements are largely responsible for unlocking the potential of shale gas, the industrys coordination with a broad set of stakeholders arguably have equal, and perhaps more, influence on the implementation of new shale developments. As such, they will increasingly affect our industrys ability to develop these resources. This presentation focuses on key technological advancements that drive shale gas development, but also the important aspect of how the industry is working with governments, regulators, academia, and the public more collaboratively to maximize the immense benefits from this opportunity while fostering the use of best practices. CONTACT APRIL 2015 PAGE 2

3 14 AprilTuesday Taury Smith, AAPG Distinguished Lecturer Shallow Seasonal Anoxia Model for Organic-Rich Mudrocks: An Alternative Hypothesis Taury Smith currently works as a geological consultant on integrated characterization of carbonate and unconventional reservoirs. He has a BS in Geology from Temple University, a Ph.D in geology from Virginia Tech and did post-doctoral work on carbonates at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Miami. In 13 years at the New York State Geological Survey, Taury worked as the State Oil and Gas Geologist and then as the Acting State Geologist. He has won three A.I. Levorsen best talk awards at AAPG Eastern Section meetings. As a consultant, Taury has worked on carbonate projects in Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, Canada and the United States and has recently worked on unconventional projects in Abu Dhabi, Argentina and the USA. Organic-rich marine mudrocks are commonly interpreted to have been deposited in deep, quiet, permanently anoxic basins. While this appears to the case in some modern and ancient examples, field relations, regional correlations and sedimentological observations show that at least some widespread organic-rich may instead have been deposited in relatively shallow (

4 24 April Jennifer Eoff, USGS Prediction of Continuous Hydrocarbon Accumulations in Self-Sourced Shale Reservoirs. Jennifer received a BS degree in Geology from Arkansas Tech University in 2000. She then earned her MS and PhD in Geology from the University of Oklahoma. Research initially focused on Late Cambrian trilobites, but it ultimately expanded into sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy of shallow-marine siliciclastics. Her experience now includes operations and development geology, reservoir characterization and New Ventures Exploration. At the U.S. Geological Survey in Denver, she assesses undiscovered, technically recoverable hydrocarbon resources in the onshore U.S. Gulf of Mexico region. Current projects evaluate sandstone reservoirs in the Upper JurassicLower Cretaceous Cotton Valley Group and continuous accumulations in the Upper Jurassic Haynesville and Bossier formations. Modeling of global and regional controls on the deposition of self-sourced shale hydrocarbon reservoirs is ongoing. Upwelling and anoxia are commonly cited to explain the accumulation and preservation, respectively, of marine organic carbon. That deposition of organic-rich shale was not simple, however, has been gaining support from the petroleum community. Unfortunately, not all facets of its stratigraphic distribution are fully understood. Conceptual modeling of the numerous allogenic controls on deposition of potential self- sourcing shale hydrocarbon reservoirs suggests that they share similar paleotectonic, eustatic, paleogeographic and paleoclimatic histories. In addition, many correlate with geologic time periods of calcitic seas and with macroevolutionary trends of marine metazoans and land plants. Integration of these subdisciplines is providing a first-order approximation of the distribution of these playsas a predictive tool in the exploration for continuous hydrocarbon accumulations. CONTACT APRIL 2015 PAGE 4

5 Past WGA president Don Cardinal has won the Robert J. Weimer Lifetime Contri- butions Award from the AAPG Rocky Mountain section. This award recognizes contributions to the practice of the geo- sciences and/or petroleum geology in the region of the Rocky Mountains, accord- ing to AAPGs website. The nomination from the WGA board de- scribed Dons work in petroleum geology fundamentals and exploration. His 1984 catalog of water resistivities in Wyoming and part of South Da- kota is still in use today. He took the lead in developing a stratigraphic model for the important Minnelusa and Leo formations, which was pub- lished in the WGA Guidebook and the AAPG Bulletin. Dons prospect origination has resulted in discovery or participation in more than a dozen oil fields in Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado and Montana. He was one of the lead geologists in the latest revision of the Wyoming stratigraphic chart, a 14 year project including a 1300 page data set on Wyoming formations. Don has been an active WGA member for more than 50 years, leading field trips, editing publications, and writing or co-writing more than 40 articles and field guides. Congratulations to Don for a well-deserved recognition! If you have a copy of membership directories from these years, please contact Dixie Eaton, WGA office manager, 307-237-0027, [email protected] The relevant years are: 1943 1949, 1977, 1989, 1994 1996, 1999, 2001, 2003 2007. Also, if you have any paperwork from board meetings, newsletters etc. and you dont need it anymore, the WGA would love to have it for our archives. CONTACT APRIL 2015 PAGE 5

6 March 3 2015Reprinted from Oil City ( Kenneth O. Huff was born December 17, 1926 to parents George Byron Huff and Mary Ethel (Smith) in Daleville Indiana, and passed away on February 27,2015. Ken grew up during the depression and learned how to make the most with the least. He enrolled in Army Specialized Training Program at Purdue University in 1944-45, and served as sergeant in the US Army 1944- 46. Upon his return in 1946, he attended Indiana University and received a bachelors degree in Geology in 1948. He then served 2 tours in Korea in 1950-51 where he was involved in extensive combat as a tank commander. On March 25, 1957, Ken married his soul mate Donna Mae Zimmerschied. Ken worked in the petroleum industry in the Rocky Mountain region where he eventually became self -employed as a consultant geologist. Using his oilfield experience, he developed and patented equipment used by oil companies and geologists involved in oil exploration. He and Donna went on to found Adventures Inc. in 1971 to provide services to the oil and gas industry with great success. Ken enjoyed inventing, designing and building things in his shop throughout his life. He developed first rate mechanical design skills and learned advanced machinery fabrication techniques working with stainless steel and other metals. He enjoyed welding, forming and machining many of his ideas into fmished products. He found time to enjoy the great outdoors and rode motorcycles and 4 wheelers exploring the back country fishing hunting and camping. Ken was a fiercely patriotic man, always proud of his country. He was a member of the District Export Council for US Dept. Commerce in Wyoming from 1977-1983. He was also a member of The Society of Petroleum Engineers, and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and Wyoming Geological Association and the Casper Petroleum Club. Ken and Donna have 4 children, John R., Robert B., Donald F., and daughter Patricia J. (McKenzie). He is also survived by 3 grandchildren, Alex, Logan and Laramie whom he truly enjoyed. Ken was a great father and always provided expertise and wisdom to his children in their endeavors. He will be truly missed by all who knew him. CONTACT APRIL 2015 PAGE 6

7 Mickey McMurry passed away March 10, 2015. His legacy however, will last for generations. Mickey, his partner John Martin, and others discovered how to commercially produce gas from what is now the Jonah Field located near Pinedale, Wyoming. The sale of the Jonah Field made it possible for Mickey, in his words, to begin living the dream, and allowed him and his wife Susie to become Wyomings greatest philanthropists. Key moments and major philanthropic contributions are listed in the March 11, 2015, Casper Star Tribune. The following are selected personal memories. Mick enjoyed having friends drive his new cars. He would pitch the keys to a brand new Corvette to you and say have fun, but the tickets are yours. Once after driving Micks car, I was telling him how much I would love to have one. He said youll never again be as young as you are right now, go get yourself a Corvette. I did and I think about him every time I drive it, which is often. Meeting at 7am for a trip to the rock and mineral show a thousand miles from Casper and getting back in time for dinner, taking a helicopter for an aerial view of a prospect, WOW, hanging with Mickey was a rush! He was the common mans millionaire. I will miss him. He will be missed by everyone who knew him, as well as by many who never did. Mick was that kind of guy. Jimmy Goolsby Photo of Mick and Susie McMurry taken by Alan Rogers, Casper Star- Tribune CONTACT APRIL 2015 PAGE 7

8 Key Dates: Abstracts are due by April 10, 2015. Symposium happens May 8-10, 2015 CONTACT APRIL 2015 PAGE 8







15 Mike Bingle-Davis 701.740.8425 Mike Kozimko 303.572.3550 [email protected] Lyn George 307.265.6338 Carl Babb 307.234.7376 Kirkwood Oil and Gas Don Cardinal 307.237.4245 Gary Winter 307.265.8888 Marron Bingle-Davis 307.237.7854 Lyn George 307.265.6338 [email protected] Dixie Eaton 307.237.0027 Sunshine Valley Petroleum Corporation Brent Breithaupt 307.775.6052 James Glover 307.261.7701 Ralph Specht 307.237.7891 [email protected] [email protected] BLM Julia Lemaster 307.266.3199 Lyn George 307.265.6338 Mike Mellin 307.702.0813 Please contact board for info [email protected] Ur-Energy Kent Sundell 307.268.2498 Ralph Specht 307.237.7891 Joanie Dunlap 307.237.7771 [email protected] Martha Horn (WGA Chairwoman) Barb McGavern-Atkinson 307.258.7526 [email protected] Phil Nickerson 307.752.2473 Con Trumbull 307.277.1695 [email protected] [email protected] Bronco Creek Exploration Dave Chase 307.261.7685 Annette Hein 307.277.8049 Arnold Woods 307.237.0027 [email protected] Phil Nickerson 307.752.2473 Julia Lemaster 307.266.3199 [email protected] $100/month Full Page 7.5 x 9.5 $1000/year Submission deadline $50/month 1/2 Page 7.5 x 4.5 for May 2015 issue is $500/year Monday, April 20th. 1/4 Page 3.5 x 4.5 $25/month $250/year All ads must be prepaid. $10/month Send ad and payment to: Business Card 3.5 x 2 $100/year WGA $3.50 per column inch Various Sizes PO Box 545, per month ($10 minimum) Casper WY 82602 Advertising space is also available in the membership directory and the annual [email protected] field conference guidebook. Discounts are available for advertising in all three publications. CONTACT APRIL 2015 PAGE 15

16 Wyoming Geological Non-Profit Org. Association U.S. Postage P.O. Box 545 PAID Casper, Wyoming 82602 Casper, Wyoming Website: Permit No. 299 1 2 3 4 NO MEETING 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 FRANZ SPE 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 SMITH NO MEETING AAPG 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 EOFF 26 27 28 29 30 CONTACT APRIL 2015 PAGE 16

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