|Colorado Section Newsletter - Summer 2017|
|COLORADO SECTION OFFICERS|
|Government Relations - AIPG Legislative Update
2016 Proposed Colorado Legislative Bills
|ON-DEMAND WEBINARS ABOUT CONTAMINANTS YOU'RE LIKELY TO ENCOUNTER||Denver Mining Club Meetings - Mondays at lunch|
|FANTASTIC BOOK SALE at DERL|
|CSU Dept. of Geosciences Seminars - Thursdays at 12:30||CSM Van Tuyl Lecture Series - Thursdays 4-5|
|Dinosaur Ridge Event Schedule- Through October||FastTIMES Issue Available - Drone Mapping in CO|
|Denver Earth Resources Library - Premier Memberships (4/3/16)||AGI/AIPG Geoscience Online Learning Webinars|
|Oil &Gas Law Short course - October 16-20||Federal Oil & Gas Leasing Short Course - October 16-19|
|Aquifer Testing For Improved Hydrogeologic Site Characterization - October 17-18||Production Geology – Integrating Production Data into the Static Modeling Process- October 17|
|SME Colorado Section October Luncheon- October 19||RMAG Core Workshop- October 26|
|Free Mining History Online Course- Starts October 30||ROCKY MT ASSOC. OF GEOLOGISTS NOVEMBER LUNCHEON- November 1|
|Institute on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)- November 2-3||Introduction to Petroleum Economics- November 8|
|38th Annual New Mexico Mineral Symposium- November 11-12||Fundamentals of Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA)- November 13-14|
|RMAG Short Course- November 15-16||Grand Junction Petroleum & Mining Club November Dinner- November 16|
|DERL November Lecture- November 16||Sign-up to learn more about water well resource management|
|Groundwater Issues and Science Affecting Policy and Management in the Southwest|
Permanent Resources and Job Board
|CERCLA Section 108(b) Proposed Rule for Hard Rock Mining (5/8/16)||"Armadillos Can't Understand English", Publication (12/20/15)|
|How to make Gemstone cupcakes (10/16/15)||Websites of interest for information and education (10/16/15)|
|Articles on Colorado Geology (10/16/15)||Copper Compendium (10/8/15)|
|Colorado Mining Exhibit Railroads & Mining: Building the West (10/5/15)||60 Minutes Story About REEs (3/25/15)|
|AIPG Headquarters Job Search||Job Board|
|Historic River Basin Report Released by the USGS||MSHA and OSHA Training|
|101 Things to do with a Hole in the Ground||1974 Piceance Creek Basin Road Log|
Scholarship and Section Information
|Scholarship Fund||Rex Monahan Geological Student Scholarship|
|Colorado Section's Career Day handout 2002||Section President and Vice President Duties|
|Colorado Section Officers 1967-2016
Status of Colorado Legislation: Please contact your Senator or Representative if you see a bill that can stand an informed AIPG opinion. To keep track of any bill’s status as it progresses through the legislative process, use the following link, and then click on the individual bill (i.e., HB16-1004). And, please keep in mind that new bills can be introduced at any time so visiting the link on a regular basis may be advantageous: http://www.statebillinfo.com/sbi/index.cfm?fuseaction=Bills.Main&&mode=0&sortby=3&filter=b&page=1
2016-2017 Georesource House & Senate Bills and status at the following link. Bills are bills color-coded by: oil&gas, water, mining, use in connection with a State Bill Summary site: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0hog6uunr9qio7a/AAAlveqyqi1fH3CfBdWpI0vwa?dl=0go to top
(comp. by P. Modreski, USGS-Denver, email@example.com)
Thurs., Nov. 2, 3-4 PM, Jaelyn Eberle (University of Colorado, Boulder), Life at the Top of the Eocene Greenhouse World. Denver Museum of Nature & Science Earth Science Colloquium Series; VIP Room, DMNS; all are welcome, and museum admission is not required to attend.
Fri., Nov. 10, 3:00 p.m., Raymond Rogers (Macalester College), Twenty Years of Paleontological Adventure & Discovery on the Great Red Island, Madagascar. Denver Museum of Nature & Science Earth Science Colloquium Series; VIP Room, DMNS; all are welcome, and museum admission is not required to attend. [this talk had originally been scheduled for Sept. 22; date was changed]
October 2. Jim Askew, Chairman, Syrah Resources. “The Balama Graphite Project, Mozambique, and Associated Battery Anode Facility in Louisiana: A Game-changing Enterprise in LiB Supply Chain Dynamics.”
October 9. Peter Bojtos, Indepentent Company Director. “Gold: Its Past, Present and Future.”
October 16. Mark Bullock, Director of Rugby, City of Glendale. “Legacy, 15 Lessons on Leadership.”
October 23. “Kinross Fort Knox Mine: Exceeding Expectations Every Day.” Video about Alaska’s largest producing gold mine.
October 30. Doug Swartz, Attorney, Sheridan Ross PC. Title to be announced.
The Denver Mining Club is a public forum for the many facets of the mineral industry. Volunteer to give a talk if you have an interesting story to share; we'll buy your lunch! Contact Ed Crabtree, 303-322-7460, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other coming events:
2017 Montana Mining & Mineral Symposium. Oct. 11-14, 2017. Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, Montana Tech, Butte, MT. For more information, see the web site: www.mbmg.mtech.edu
38th New Mexico Mineral Symposium. Nov. 11-12, 2017, at the New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology, Socorro, NM. For more information, see the website www.geoinfo.nmt.edu/museum/minsymp or call 575-835-5140.
Schedule posted at: http://www.colorado.edu/geolsci/colloquium.htm . All talks are held in the Benson Earth Sciences Auditorium (180) every Wednesday at 4:00 pm unless otherwise noted. **Refreshments are served at 3:30 on the 3rd floor**
October 4. Seth Pritchard and Todd LeVasseur, College of Charleston. “Soil carbon processes in managed plant systems in a changing climate; belowground chaos and uncertainty support an ignorance-based world view.”
October 11. Isaac Larsen, University of Mass Amherst. “Landscape evolution of the Channeled Scablands, eastern Washington.”
October 18. Leah Morgan, USGS. “Advances in 40Ar/39Ar geochronology: from K isotopes to the Table Mountain Shoshonites in Golden, Colorado.”
Colorado State University, Department of Geosciences October Seminar Schedule
Schedule posted at: http://warnercnr.colostate.edu/geo-news-and-events/department-seminars . Seminars are located in Room 320, Warner College of Natural Resources (NR) Building on Thursday afternoons, and will begin at 12:30 p.m. (alternative dates/times/locations may occasionally be noted). Questions? Please call 970-491-5661.
October 5. Cat Campbell, Bayless. “The EPA and Pavillion, Wyoming: Importance of science and public perception.”
October 12. No Speaker.
October 19. Ed Harvey, National Park Service. GSA Birdsall-Dreiss Lecture - “Water Resource Stewardship in the U.S. National Park Service.” Note change of time: 4 pm in Warner Rm 231.
October 26. Dan Wood, Retired Exploration Geologist from BHP and Newcrest Mining. Society of Economic Geologists Thayer Lindsley Visiting Lecture - “Discovery of the Kencana Au-Ag ore deposit, Indonesia.”
Colorado School of Mines Van Tuyl Lecture October Series
Schedule posted at: http://geology.mines.edu/GE_Lecture-Series , or call 303-273-3800. The Van Tuyl lectures are given every Thursday at 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Berthoud Hall Room 241.
October 5. TBD
October 12. Mason Dykstra, Anadarko. “Leveraging Machine Learning in the Geosciences”
October 19. Bill Zagorski. TBD.
October 26. Bob Raynolds, Denver Museum of Nature and Science. “Stratigraphy of Colorado”
September 27 Everything Dinosaur: Talk 9 Ceratopsians (Wednesday) 6 p.m. -7 p.m. Join the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge an interesting talk on horned dinosaurs, the ceratopsians! Meeting place: Dinosaur Discovery Center: 17681 W Alameda Parkway, Red Rocks Entrance #1. FREE TALK. Tours@dinoridge.org for more information.
October 4 – TriceraTOTS (Wednesday) 10 a.m. A story-time and craft program geared toward 2-5 year old kids. Siblings welcome! Non-members: $5/child. Members $3/child. Adults and 1 and under free. RSVP with Erin LaCount at email@example.com (or send us a message on our Facebook Page.) NOTE: This event will take place at the Discovery Center: 17681 W Alameda Parkway – Red Rocks Entrance #1.
October 14 – Discovery Day: Girl Scout Day/National Fossil Day (Saturday) 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Girl Scouts of all levels can earn badge requirements. Girl Scout registration information will be posted as soon as the event is finalized. Well also be celebrating National Fossil Day with the National Park Service and many other special guests! Hands-on activities at the Visitor Center for all ages, and scientists will be along the Ridge interpreting fossils and geology for all attendees. Public welcome! Contact: Erin LaCount firstname.lastname@example.org
October 25 Everything Dinosaur: Talk 10 Pachycephalosaurs (Wednesday) 6 p.m. -7 p.m. Join the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge an interesting talk on bone-headed dinosaurs, the pachycephalosaurs! Meeting place: Dinosaur Discovery Center: 17681 W Alameda Parkway, Red Rocks Entrance #1. FREE TALK. Tours@dinoridge.org for more information.
October 17, 2017
Recorded Webinar to be broadcast at 9:00 AM (CST).
In the initial stages of exploration, geologists may rely on only a few wells, or they might be lacking existing well information. As more wells and more data become available and development and production commence, geologists will have access to much more information and must take that into consideration, to gain a better understanding of the reservoir.
Production data provides a great deal of information about the behavior of geological models. This data are real-time indicators that show whether interpretations and geologic models comply with subsurface reality. In this presentation, we will demonstrate how Paradigm allows us to change modeling practices in order to enhance performance, increase recovery and assess geologic hot spots. Using this solution, we can efficiently perform an enlightened production data analysis that will serve as a quick indicator of reservoir performance, and enhance the accuracy of reservoir description and characterization. This results in a deeper understanding of the reservoir, with clear identification of compartmentalization and more knowledge about the depositional environment and fluid interaction.
For more info or to register, go to
October 19, 2017
Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th St., Denver, CO
Networking at 11:30 am, Lunch at Noon, Speaker at 12:30 pm
Lawrence Clark will be speaking on "Building the Business: From Concept to Commercialization". Today's mining industry needs technology to stay competitive. But to be successful these technologies must deliver value over a sustained period which requires a successful company behind the technology. This talk will cover some important aspects of building the business that, while not technically complex, escape some entrepreneurs.
Mr. Clark is a mining engineer with nearly four decades of practical experience, starting as a underground miner at the Henderson Mine in 1978. Mr. Clark worked for Newmont Mining for 17 years running the Mining Technology group and his career has spanned mine operations, construction, consulting, technical sales, and private equity. Mr. Clark now owns Clark Mining Technologies, LLC and devotes his time investing in mining technology companies through Jolimont Global Mining Systems.
Dinner Cost: $35 per person. Students welcome at $15 per person with reservation.
RSVP and online payments can be made through the Colorado Section SME Community Events page: http://community.smenet.org/colorado/events/
Select the event you would like to attend from the Colorado Section Events page and then select “Register Now”. You will be asked to log in if you have not already done so, using your SME national login credentials. There is also an option to register for a new account if you are a non-member of SME.
Credit card payments can be made online for an additional processing fee. If you plan to pay by check or cash, select the option to generate an invoice. This invoice will serve as your RSVP, with check or cash payment due at the meeting.
Please contact Laura Fletcher, email@example.com, or Richard Schwering, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions regarding the meetings, or if you are interested in presenting in the future.
October 26, 2017
Selected Rocky Mountain Tight Oil Sandstone Plays: Symposium and Core WorkshopFor more information and to register go to: http://www.rmag.org/october-2017-core-workshop.
Humphry Davy: Laughing Gas, Literature and the Lamp
Mr. Davy was the first person to inhale nitrous oxide, he isolated nine chemical elements and, most famously, he invented the miner's safety lamp, known as the Davy Lamp. Beginning October 30, this four-week, three hours per week, free online course is being offered by Lancaster University, UK.
For complete information and to register, visit www.lancaster.ac.uk/
November 1. 2017
Maggiano's Little Italy – 500 16th Street Mall #150, Denver, CO
Check in: 11:15 am; Lunch: 12:00 pm; Talk: 12:20 pm
Speakers: Zane Jobe, research professor at Colorado School of Mines and the Director of the Chevron Center of Research Excellence (CoRE)
Topic: “Applying scaling relationships to enable better reservoir prediction in submarine depositional systems: Bridging the gap between geomorphology and the stratigraphic record."
Submarine depositional systems are an integral segment of source-to-sink sediment routing systems and host large reserves of hydrocarbons. The linkages between modern geomorphic seascapes and the complexity of the stratigraphic record are, however, sometimes unclear. My research focuses on the intersection between geomorphology and the stratigraphic record, and using one to understand the other. In order to enable more accurate hydrocarbon reservoir prediction, we must understand how depositional processes sculpt the geomorphic seafloor into stratigraphic architecture. Scaling relationships are used to predict the absolute scale and spatial distribution of reservoirforming elements (i.e., channels or lobes). In particular, the spatial arrangement and evolution (i.e., the kinematics) of reservoir forming elements and barriers to flow are not only critical for successful field development, but also help to constrain the formative depositional processes. While these relationships are well-known for river systems, the scaling and kinematics of submarine depositional systems are still poorly understood. I will present new work that helps constrain the scaling relationships and kinematics for (1) submarine channels and (2) between submarine channels and the lobes/fans that they construct. This methodology links stratigraphic architecture and scaling relationships in a source-to-sink framework, leading to a more holistic understanding of submarine depositional systems and has tremendous power for hydrocarbon reservoir prediction.
For more information and to register, go to http://www.rmag.org/upcoming-luncheons
Online luncheon registration closes on Thursday, October 26, 2017. Online registration for walk-ins (no lunch included) closes on Monday, October 30, 2017.
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Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
November 2-3, 2017
Grand Hyatt Hotel, Denver, CO
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) plays a pivotal role in the permitting and approval of more natural resources and energy development projects than any other federal law. NEPA is the principal federal charter for the protection of the environment.
With ongoing required federal permitting and approvals on energy and mineral projects, and a new Administration in Washington, an understanding of NEPA law and litigation is of critical importance for natural resource attorneys from government, private practice, and NGOs, as well as for environmental consultants and landmen. The third in the Foundation’s highly successful NEPA series, this two-day Special Institute will open with an overview of the NEPA process, requirements, and standards, and then quickly move to focus on advanced topics and new developments.
Experienced attendees will benefit from deeper insights into critical, cutting-edge topics, while resource professionals who are relatively new to the practice will benefit from the experience of our distinguished speakers. We hope you can join us in Denver to continue the tradition of valuable educational and networking opportunities provided by our NEPA institute.
For more info or to register, go to https://www.rmmlf.org/conferences/nepa3-national-environmental-policy-act/overview
Cutoff date for discounted registration fees: October 13, 2017.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (MST)
Denver Place Conference Room, 999 18th Street, Denver, CO 80202
The course begins with an overview of a hypothetical multi-national oil and gas company with existing production assets, development investment opportunities and exploration projects. Concepts of cash flow, debt service, capital and expense budgets and return to shareholders are revealed. In the second portion of the course, the nuts and bolts of cash flow estimation, time value of money, cost of capital are discussed. The attendees will have an exercise to estimate cash flow, NPV and IRR from a production profile. In the third portion of the course, the attendees will be introduced to decision analysis and capital budgeting by returning to the hypothetical multi-national's portfolio with a closing exercise to develop an 'un-risked' capital budget.
To register or get more info, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduction-to-petroleum-economics-tickets-36523092553
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November 11-12, 2017
Macey Center, New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology, Socorro, New Mexico
New Mexico Bureau of Geology Mineral Museum
Albuquerque Gem and Mineral Club
Los Alamos Geological Society
Grant County Rolling Stones
Friends of Mineralogy
White Mountain Gem and Mineral Club
Friends of Minerology-Colorado Chapter
City of Socorro
The New Mexico Mineral Symposium provides a forum for both professionals and amateurs interested in mineralogy. The meeting allows all to share their cumulative knowledge of mineral occurrences and provides stimulus for mineralogical studies and new mineral discoveries. In addition, the informal atmosphere encourages intimate discussions among all interested in mineralogy and associated fields.
This year’s symposium will consist of a day and a half of formal papers presented in 30-minute time blocks. Papers will focus on mineral occurrences from New Mexico and adjacent states, as well as Mexico. A few selected papers may be presented from other parts of the world. An informal pre-symposium social and tailgating session will be held at local motels beginning on Friday, November 10, 2017, and will last through the weekend.
The general registration fee for the symposium is $40.00, and the fee for students is $20.00 (with student ID). Registration includes a copy of the abstracts, two continental breakfasts, and coffee breaks. A cocktail hour and dinner will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017. A cash bar will be available. The cost for the dinner is $30.00 for adults, $10.00 for children (2-12 years old). An auction to benefit the symposium will conclude the evening's activities. The dinner and auction will be in the Fidel Center, Ballrooms A and B.
Online registration should be available Monday, October 9, 2017
November 15-16, 2017
8:30 am-4:00 pm with lunch provided; Check in starts at 8:00 am
Liberty Oilfield Services (950 17th St., Denver, CO 80202)
“Sequence Stratigraphic Correlation in Well-logs a Hands-on Training Workshop”
Dr. Junaid Sadeque, senior geologist at AECOM
Since the 1970s, sequence stratigraphy has arguably revolutionized stratigraphic analyses in the oil and gas industry because of its power to predict flow-units in petroleum reservoirs. The same sequence stratigraphic principles are also presently applied to predicting flow-units in groundwater aquifers. However, even after about 50 years since the founding of the concept, many of us are still lost in the labyrinth of terminology and struggle when it comes to applying the concepts into practice. This is particularly true in case of sparse dataset from well-logs and cores, rather than full 3-D seismic data coverage.
Our 2-day hands-on workshop aims at addressing that skill-gap in inferring sequence stratigraphic markers and systems tracts for clastic rocks in absence of seismic information. This goal will be achieved through a series of interesting correlation exercises following a brief recap of the fundamental concepts. The curriculum is focused to benefit both new hires and experienced professionals by providing real correlation examples from the industry with particular emphasis on understanding facies architecture in well-logs and cores for recognizing different depositional sequences. At the end of the course, the students will learn how to avoid common correlation pitfalls in developing a sequence stratigraphic framework and how to make valid stratigraphic predictions for petroleum exploration or groundwater remediation.
For more information or to register, go to http://www.rmag.org/2017-short-course . Registration closes November 10, 2017.
Registration is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register as a student, please download the registration form and turn it in along with a copy of your student id.
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