American Institute of Professional
Monthly luncheon meetings are held every third Tuesday, at the
Golden Corral Buffet & Grill
3677 South Santa Fe Drive, Sheridan, CO 80110
(Southwest side at Santa Fe Dr. & Hampden Ave.)
Lunch starts at 11:30 AM, Speaker 12:30 PM
Members/Non-Member/Visitors/Guests are all Welcome!
Price: Buffet lunch (approx. $10) must be purchased for entry to the Golden Corral. An additional voluntary tip of $1/person is requested for the wait staff in the meeting room. Free parking. For more info: Contact Jim Burnell at (303) 866-3458 or email@example.com.
(comp. by P. Modreski, USGS-Denver, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Even-tide Adventure #10 FRIDAY, August, 22, 2014, 6:00 pm in Jamestown, CO; visit the Emmett Fluorite mine to collected fluorescent minerals (fluorite).
Meet at the parking lot of the Jamestown Post Office. TRIP LEADER: Pete Modreski. Beth’s cell phone 303-902-1708; Pete’s, 720-205-2553 Bring battery powered black lights if you have one, flashlights & “headlamps”. We will be hiking out of the pit after pitch dark. For those who wish, meet to carpool at Lot F, CSM campus, Golden (south side of 19th St., at corner of 19th and Jones Road, just east of 6th Avenue) at 4:45 pm. This trip promises to be one of the great ones! Jamestown bore major damage during last year’s floods so we will observe damage from the 2013 floods and the 2003 Overland Fire, acid mine drainage problems, along with the “famous” Little James Creek waterfall. The highlight of the trip will be collecting fluorescent minerals at the open pit mine site, 0.8 miles beyond the center of town.
Meet at 6:00 p.m. at the Jamestown Post Office, IF there is suitable and sufficient parking available there (hard to predict, with all the excavating and construction activity taking place to repair flood damage). If parking here is a problem, we will proceed the additional 0.8 mile up the road to the gravel road turnoff on the right the leads to the Balarat and Cal-Wood institutes, and park there. From Golden go north on US-6, then CO-93 north to Boulder. From where Broadway (CO-7) merges with US-36 at the north edge of Boulder, it is 4.8 miles toward Lyons to Lefthand Canyon Road; turn left there. After 5.3 miles take the right fork to Jamestown (the left fork leads to Ward); it is 3.1 miles further to Jamestown where we’ll rendezvous at the Post Office, walk to the waterfall and the “rock worm infestation” site (???). Then we will drive 0.8 miles further up to the mine turnoff where we’ll share supper snacks. A short walk will take us in to the open-pit mine; we’ll look at it in the fading daylight, then wait until it’s dark to inspect the rocks (a fluorite-mineralized breccia pipe) for fluorescent minerals.
Fluorite here fluoresces violet to pinkish-white to green—some is phosphorescent green. There is also hyalite opal (fl. bright green) and orthoclase feldspar (fl. dark red). Sturdy shoes will help you from stumbling over rocks in the dark. Jamestown is about an hour‘s drive from Denver, so start from Denver by 5:00 pm. Be aware that we will be driving back after dark on mountain curvy roads. Take care to obey the speed limits in Jamestown and the stop sign in the center of town—remember they need money to reclaim the town! Pete: email email@example.com , cell phone 720-205-2553. Beth Simmons, cell phone 303-902-1708
Even-tide Adventure #11 FRIDAY August 29, 6:00 pm, Staunton State Park, US 285 at Shaffer’s Crossing. Meet at the park. Admission: $7.00 per vehicle.
Trip leader: Beth Simmons. This is Colorado’s newest state park, 12102 South Elk Creek Road, Pine, Colorado, at the base of picturesque thousand-foot cliffs of red Pikes Peak Granite. Make carpooling arrangements independently and meet at the park for an evening picnic. Take Highway 285 west to Shaffer’s Crossing about 6 miles west of Conifer. Turn right on Elk Creek Road and follow signs 1.5 miles to the park. Look for the group around picnic tables. Park info: http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Staunton
Sep. 5-7, San Juan Mountains Mineral Symposium, Ouray CO; lectures and field trips; sponsored by Friends of Mineralogy, Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, and the Friends of the CSM Geology Museum.
You can see more info about it on the FM-Colorado Chapter website, http://friendsofmineralogycolorado.org/ , and a LOT more on the symposium's new facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ouray-Silverton-San-Juan-Mountains-Mineral-Symposium/224883727702374?hc_location=timeline
It will be held at the Elks Lodge in downtown Ouray; there will be an icebreaker reception and keynote talk there on Friday evening, Saturday lectures from a selected group of presenters who are very knowledgeable about San Juans geology, mining history, and minerals; a Saturday eve. dinner and talk (the two evening presentations will be of special "general interest", one on geologic history, one on mining history), and a choice of field trips on Sunday, plus directions for more self-guided field trips on Monday or whatever future time you may choose to do them. Registration cost will be about $60 (banquet will be extra). This will be a busy time of the year in Ouray so as soon as you decide to come, making lodging reservations well in advance is definitely recommended. We already have about 40 people who have expressed interest in attending the symposium (we're not quite yet taking formal reservations or payments), and we expect at least 100 to attend; the capacity of the meeting room is 150.
Sep. 6-9, Denver Fine Mineral Show, at the Denver Marriott West, 1717 Denver West Boulevard, Golden, Colorado; see http://www.finemineralshow.com/
Sep. 6-14, Denver Coliseum Mineral, Fossil, & Gem Show
Sep. 7-14, Colorado Mineral & Fossil Show, Ramada Plaza Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn), Denver
Wed., Sep. 10 Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, Reception & Open House, 6-9 p.m. All are welcome to attend this reception at the CSM Museum, held two days before the Denver Gem and Mineral Show opens, and showcasing new exhibits installed in the museum, with complimentary refreshments, music, and cash bar. The Museum is located at 1310 Maple St. (the corner of Maple and 13th Streets) in Golden; no admission charge; normal museum hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun.
Sep. 12-14, Denver Gem and Mineral Show, Denver Mart (formerly the Denver Merchandise Mart), I-25 at 58th Ave.; sponsored by the eight gem and mineral clubs that constitute the Greater Denver Area Gem and Mineral Council. This is “The” Denver Gem and Mineral Show: dealers, museum exhibits, lectures, kids' activities. Come by to say hello at our USGS booth and “Kids’ Corner” there. The theme of the 2014 show is “Agate”; see http://www.denvermineralshow.com/ for more info.
P.S., a note about the Denver Gem and Mineral Show. Volunteers are solicited to help with two educational booths at the show; the Kids Corner, sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey, and Minerals That Do Things!, hosted by Dr. Andrew Sicree of State College, PA. Both booths provide interactive demonstrations about rocks and minerals for kids (and anyone else). If you sign up to help at either, for at least 2 to 4 hours any day of the show, you’ll receive free show admission! Please contact Pete Modreski, firstname.lastname@example.org , if you’d like to offer to help at either booth. Only modest knowledge about rocks & minerals required (we’ll teach you, if you don’t think you know enough!).
Sat., Sept. 20, Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, Reception & Open House, 6-9 p.m. All are welcome to attend this reception at the CSM Museum, held two days before the Denver Gem and Mineral Show opens, and showcasing new exhibits installed in the museum, with complimentary refreshments, music, and cash bar. The Museum is located at 1310 Maple St. (the corner of Maple and 13th Streets) in Golden; no admission charge; normal museum hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun.
Wed., Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., an advance note--the monthly meeting of the Colorado Scientific Society will be held at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood. The speaker will be Dr. Emmett Evanoff, University of Northern Colorado—known for his field work in Colorado geology and paleontology, exact topic TBA but I am sure it will be a highly interesting talk. Please note that this will be a different day of the week than the normal meeting of the Society; ALL are always welcome to attend.
Thurs., Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m., one more: the Friends of Mineralogy, Colorado Chapter, will have its bimonthly meeting at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (V.I.P. Room), with a presentation by Ray Berry, longtime Colorado mineral collector and member of the Friends of Mineralogy and the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society, "My Experiences in Mineral Collecting in the Crystal Peak area--the First 30 Years". All are welcome to attend. (This meeting is also taking place a week later than this group's normal meeting date.)
LEGAL NOTICE AND PUBLICATION OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE JEFFERSON COUNTY LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATION AND THE ZONING RESOLUTION
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Planning Commission of the County of Jefferson, State of Colorado, will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to the Zoning Resolution within Jefferson County, Colorado, in Hearing Room 1 at 100 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden, Colorado, on August 27, 2014 at 6:15 p.m.
AND NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of County Commissioners of the County of Jefferson, State of Colorado will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to the Land Development Regulations and the Zoning Resolution within Jefferson County, Colorado, in Hearing Room 1 at 100 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden, Colorado, on September 16, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.
FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that said public hearings may be continued from time to time without further notice. Said proposed amendments in case #14-107842AM are as follows:
— To amend the regulations in the Drilling And Production of Oil And Gas Section in the Jefferson County Zoning Resolution.
BE IT ALSO KNOWN that the text relating to the above referenced regulation amendments may be examined in the offices of the Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Division, 100 Jefferson County Parkway, Suite 3550, Golden, Colorado between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. during any working day, holidays excepted. The proposed amendments are currently available for examination on the Jefferson County Planning and Zoning website ( http://planning.jeffco.us ) under Regulations-Regulation Revisions.
COUNTY OF JEFFERSON
STATE OF COLORADO
/s/ Tim Rogers, Chairman
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
COUNTY OF JEFFERSON
STATE OF COLORADO
Published July 31, 2014 /s/ Faye Griffin, Chairman
For further information on these proposed regulation changes, go to http://jeffco.us/planning-and-zoning/plan-regulation-updates/regulation-revision/
The Denver Well Logging Society would like to announce our 2014 fall workshop on Developments in Core Analysis.
Date: Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
Where: Colorado School of Mines
When: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Cost: Only $300
Deadline: R.S.V.P no later than 5 PM on Monday, September 22nd.
Reservations: Reservations must be made online with full payment via PayPal at the folloing URL: http://dwls.spwla.org/2014_Fall_Workshop.htm
Cancellations must be made no later than 5 PM on Monday, September 22nd. No refunds will be given after that date!
E-mail reservation cancellations to Kim Mosberger (email@example.com ), or call 303-770-4235.
An all-day workshop focusing on new techniques and technology regarding core and core analysis. Eight different speakers from both the service industry and operators come together to cover topics from NMR, fluid sensitivity, mineralogy and core chemistry.
- Shreerand Chhatre (ExxonMobil Upstream Research) - TBA
- Doug McCarty (Chevron) - Mineral-chemistry quantification and petrophysical calibration for multi-mineral evaluations
- Susan Herron (SLB) - Application and Quality Control of Core Data for the Development and Validation of Elemental Spectroscopy Log Interpretation
- Michael Lewan (USGS) - Hydrous-Pyrolysis on Cores
- AJ Kumar (Core Lab) - Digital Rock What?!*?!* What do you really do with it?
- Mark Knackstedt (Lithicon/FE) - Multiscale Imaging of Tight Reservoir Core Material
- Margaret Lessenger (Newfield) - Fluid Sensitivity Analyses - When Rocks Behave Badly
- Harry Xie (Core Lab) - High Frequency NMR for Tight Rock Cores
AEG, ASCE, and CAGE Biennial Geo-Conference Friday, November 7, 2014
Save the date for the next Rocky Mountain Geo-Conference!
The Rocky Mountain Section of AEG, Geo-Institute Chapter of the Colorado Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the Colorado Association of Geotechnical Engineers (CAGE), are sponsoring the 15th biennial Rocky Mountain Geo-Conference. The conference this year is titled "Geo-Influence" and will cover topics related to the interacting (and counteracting) influences of nature, geology, and the geoscientist. Topics related to the influences of water, infrastructure design, classic geotechnical practices, and geologic hazards will be covered. Presentations will focus on flood repairs for the Great Front Range Flood of 2013, GIS modeling of economic risk associated with post-fire debris flow flooding, construction, evaluation and remediation for dams and levees, mountain tunnel rehab, and certain recent influences on classic geotechnical techniques and standards. Talks will also cover techniques and strategies for handling certain geologic hazards, including a landslide rating system for Colorado highways, a launched soil nail technique, and full-scale rockfall barrier testing in Colorado. The keynote speaker this year will be William McCormick with Fires and Floods and Dams….Oh My!. The conference also includes multiple exhibitors, breakfast, lunch, refreshment breaks, and a sponsored after-conference reception. The conference will be on Friday November 7, 2014, from 8:00am to 4:30pm at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel (360 Union Blvd, Lakewood, CO 80228) and will cost $150 per person.
Registration details coming soon!
Reclamation 101 for Oil and Gas
August 21-22, 2014
Successful reclamation of surface disturbance from oil and gas, mining, pipelines, transmission lines, and renewable energy projects brings financial benefits, permitting assurances, and is a highly visible demonstration of a company’s license to operate. Successful reclamation is best achieved by integrating it as a planning priority at the beginning of project design. This requires an understanding of basic reclamation concepts, including environmental conditions and project specifics, as well as the need for potential interim versus final reclamation, required reclamation success criteria, and available resources. This course will develop participants’ general understanding of these concepts as well as a range of possible reclamation techniques that are used to respond to specific conditions and issues.
This course also includes a visit to reclamation sites in different environmental settings along the Colorado Front Range.
You can visit the program website at
Sign up early and save!
If interested in attending this course, please be sure to register before August 8, 2014 in order to save $200 on your registration fee. If you believe you will not able to sign up before this date, but would still like to receive the early-bird rate, please call 720-988-1222 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be sure to secure this rate for you.
Register 3 Send 4th Free!
Any organization wishing to send multiple to this course may send 1 FREE for every 3 delegates registered. Please note all registrations must be made at the same time to qualify
Geomechanics for Unconventionals: Why the Fuss?
Thursday, August 28, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM (MDT)
Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Place , Denver, CO 80204
Instructor: Neal Nagel; Chief Engineer and Principal, Oilfield Geomechanics LLC
Cost: $200. The fee includes refreshments, workbook, and PDH certificate
The science of geomechanics – the evaluation of the interplay between stress, pressure, mechanical properties and strength in rock and soil – has become a critical, go-to technology in the characterization and engineering of Unconventionals Plays. But why the fuss? Why has geomechanics, which has its roots in the development of tunneling technology in the 19th century, become so important in the optimization of Unconventionals? Equally important, how is the non-expert supposed to make sense of the confusion, gaps, and controversial opinions on the application of geomechanics to Unconventionals?
The short course will cover the geomechanical considerations for unconventional developments with a focus on its critical role in formation characterization and completion optimization. Unquestionably, geomechanics does play a critical role in the understanding and development of many unconventional reservoirs – chiefly due to the complicated and variable geomechanical impact of natural fractures and weakness planes in completions and drilling. Within the short course, we will introduce unconventional developments and their characteristics. Following this, the nature and geomechanical behavior of natural fractures and weakness planes will be reviewed. With this foundation, the role of microseismic monitoring – as it portrays rock failure – will be presented. The course will then conclude with an extensive review (based upon stress, pressure, and mechanical property fundamentals) of common geomechanical issues (i.e., brittleness, complexity, stimulated rock volume - SRV) in the characterization and engineering optimization (i.e., stage spacing, landing location, etc.) of Unconventionals.
To register or get more information, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/geomechanics-for-unconventionals-why-the-fuss-tickets-12167616669?ref=enivtefor001&invite=NjI5Mjc1Ny9kY3BldGVyc0B0dXZlcmFleHBsb3JhdGlvbi5jb20vMA%3D%3D&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformal001&utm_term=eventpage
Popular Geology Book Announcement
Golden Publishers is pleased to announce the publication of their latest book, Geology of Colorados Parks & Monuments, by Dr. John Lufkin, Golden, CO. The book is written in a style that non-geologists and geologists alike can understand and appreciate.
Features of the book include:
- 129 pages in large format, 8.5 x 11 inches
- Descriptions of 16 sites in Colorado, including all nine of the National Parks & Monuments, and seven other parks and protected areas
- 218 color illustrations and photographs
- Eight geologic maps redone in Adobe Illustrator
- 127 terms defined in the Glossary
- 86 References
For a limited time only, the books will be sold direct from the publishers at the wholesale price of $25.00 plus shipping and handling. In ordering a book, please fill out the information on the Order Form, and send to Golden Publishers. If you are unable to print out the Order Form, then simply send me a check or money order for the book that you want. For further information, please contact Dr. Lufkin at email@example.com .
Table of Contents
1.0 INTRODUCTION 1
2.0 GEOLOGIC HISTORY OF COLORADO 1
3.0 GEOGRAPHY OF COLORADO 7
4.0 GEOLOGY OF COLORADOS PARKS & MONUMENTS 11
4.1 Rocky Mountain National Park 11
4.2 Red Rocks Park 20
4.3 Dinosaur Park 24
4.4 Roxborough State Park 27
4.5 Garden of the Gods 30
4.6 Picket Wire Canyonlands, Comanche Grassland 32
4.7 Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument 38
4.8 Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve 50
4.9 Wheeler Geologic Area 58
5.0 Mesa Verde National Park 62
5.1 Canyons of the Ancients National Monument 72
5.2 Chimney Rock National Monument 81
5.3 Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park 85
5.4 Colorado National Monument 92
5.5 Dinosaur National Monument 97
5.6 Trinidad State Park 109
ABOUT THE AUTHOR 129
RMAG On the Rocks Field Trip
Floods and Hydrology - Front Range
Saturday, September 6th, 2014
For Professionals: $10; For Educators & Students: Free
To register, go to http://www.rmag.org/i4a/ams/amsstore/category.cfm?category_id=20
LED BY: Bill Hoyt, Chair of Earth & Atmos. Sci., UNC Greeley and Bob Jarrett, Applied Weather Assoc., Monument, CO Introduction and Logistics
The September 2013 floods in the Northern Colorado Foothills and Plains were unexpected in many ways; not only were they incorrectly and widely referenced in the media as of “Biblical” proportions, but also the areal extent, duration, record runoffs, and total rainfall amounts were truly astounding. Damages to many communities were devastating, and infrastructure of roads, water delivery systems, and basic services has been extraordinarily expensive to repair or replace. We will be paying for this for many years to come. Figures printed at the end of this guide detail Antecedent Conditions in early September, Satellite Images of Moisture Plume, Total Storm Rainfall, Colorado generalized Mean Annual Precipitation compared to 7-day rainfall totals, and Applied Weather Associates Flood Documentation. Refer to them as well as the photo documentation there in order to get the big picture of how this happened, and geological hazards which accompanied the event.
Consider these statistics: $400 million road damage; 486 miles; 102 bridges, 24 affected counties; $3.5 million crop losses; 32,000 acres (~1% of Colorados irrigated land); 225 water diversions and $540,000 in state-owned stream gauges destroyed; 200 million gallons of untreated sewage released; 14 oil and gas “significant spills”; 48,250 gallons (which is 0.02% of the amount of spilled sewage); 39,000 acres of pasture/rangeland damaged; more than 11,000 people displaced; 9 deaths; more than 19,000 homes damaged; 1,500 + destroyed; precipitation records in Foothills with up to 20 inches in some areas (typical average annual rainfall is 15 to 20 inches); up to $450 million of Federal Aid available, out of ~$2 billion total economic losses (about 22.5% of total); recurrence probability of event happening in any given year: as high as 1/500 to 1/1000 in some locations.
The purpose of this trip is to discuss the hydrometeorology of the flood, see the damage, and various geologic hazards that still exist in canyons of the St. Vrain, the Little Thompson, and the Big Thompson Rivers. We also plan to see landslides and debris flows in the Mt. Meeker and Twin Sisters area south of Estes Park.
Exceptional flood flows occurred on many Front Range streams, including the Big Thompson River, Lefthand Creek, Little Thompson River, Cache la Poudre River, St. Vrain Creek, Coal Creek, Boulder Creek, Sand Creek, and others.
EXTREMELY WIDESPREAD!! How many of YOU live, commute or work within a few miles of one of these rivercourses???
Logistics of this trip are tricky because every day rebuilding of US 36 and US 34 reroutes traffic in new ways, and some sites may have to be skipped or modified. In addition, some unanticipated road closures may occur. Communication among vehicles will be necessary if we need to deviate from the log below. RMAG has several requirements in place to encourage safety and security of all participants and leaders:
*Leaders or RMAG Logistics volunteers collect participant data-sheets (which includes: participant names, phones, addresses, a contact-person, and RMAG release of liability). Those riding in the UNC van will need to fill out an additional waiver required by the State of Colorado.
*Leaders or RMAG Logistics volunteers distribute this Accident and Emergency Plan to Participants advise all to read and know the contents.
*Leaders or RMAG Logistics volunteers identify location of a first-aid kit and a case of bottled water. At least one first-aid kit will be included with the field trip. Leaders, RMAG Logistics volunteers, and Participants may not be trained in First Aid or CPR, though they may provide First Aid and CPR to the best of their abilities as the situation requires.
*Leaders or RMAG Logistics volunteers advise participants of potential hazards through the trip.
*Leaders or RMAG Logistics volunteers make a head-count; note vehicle association and vehicle drivers.
*Drivers be ready to account for whereabouts of your passengers at head-counts.
* Leaders or RMAG Logistics volunteers designate and describe the Lead Car and Trailer Car.
*Participants inform Leaders or RMAG Logistics volunteers of mobility and health issues; condition prior to the trip.
* Leaders or RMAG Logistics volunteers advise the group as to stops for food, hydration, and relief.
Route is clockwise: Lyons, Estes Park (with leg south on Rt. 7, also known as the Peak-to-Peak Highway), Glen Haven, Drake, Loveland, then south on I-25 back to the Park N Ride at Route 66 north of Longmont to finish the fieldtrip loop.
Submit your abstract for ACE 2015 in Denver Explore the Summit of Petroleum Geosciences
Earn recognition and maximize the visibility of your ideas, theories and innovative concepts by submitting an abstract for the AAPG 2015 Annual Convention and Exhibition (ACE) to be held 31 May–3 June 2015 at the Colorado Convention Center.
ACE serves as an important vehicle for participants to strengthen their roles through learning, sharing and networking with professionals throughout the many facets of petroleum geology. Be a part of this endeavor and submit your abstract today!
Industry professionals and students are invited to submit abstracts that relate to any of the topics listed below. You can view all themes and subcategories on our website. Abstract submission deadline is 2 October 2014.
- Theme 1: Unconventional Resources
- Theme 2: Developments and Discoveries: From Known to Re-Emergent
- Theme 3: Carbonates and Evaporites
- Theme 4: Siliciclastics
- Theme 5: Structure, Tectonics and Geomechanics
- Theme 6: Energy and the Environment
- Theme 7: Geochemistry, Basin Modeling and Petroleum Systems
- Theme 8: Geophysics: Integration, Inversion and Illumination
- Theme 9: The Other Unconventionals: The Expanding World of Energy Minerals
- Theme 10: Core — The Ultimate Source of Underground Truth
- Theme 11: The Past Is the Key to the Present! History of Facets of Petroleum Geology
- Theme 12: SEPM Research Symposium — Channels From Geomorphic Expression to Stratigraphic Record
- Theme 13: AAPG and SEPM Student Poster Sessions
For more information on he meeting or to submit an abstract, go to http://ace.aapg.org/2015/technical-information/technical-program .
Denver Mining Club Schedule
DENVER MINING CLUB LTD.
Local Chapter of the INTERNATIONAL ORDER OF RAGGED ASS MINERS, Establ. 1891
Golden Corral Buffet & Grill
3677 South Santa Fe Drive, Sheridan, CO 80110 (Southwest side at Santa Fe Dr. & Hampden Ave.)
(Purchase of buffet lunch required)
Every Monday, except when noted
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (+/-)
VISITORS ALWAYS WELCOME!
Dick Beach, Secretary, (303) 986-6535. See past and future DMC talks at the web site: www.denverminingclub.org .
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 about your specialty; we'll buy your lunch! Phone Dick Beach, 303-986-6535.
EUCI Short Courses
Reclamation 101 for Oil & Gas
August 21-22, 2014
For more information, go to http://www.euci.com/events/index.php?ci=2345&p=7064#19174c563262Sm01091
Speaking on behalf of all NGMDB project colleagues, it's a distinct honor to invite you to the new "TopoView" site. Why is it an honor? Because TopoView highlights what many consider to be the USGS's flagship product, the topographic map.
TopoView is intended to serve the immediate need for the older, conventionally printed topographic maps to become easily searched, viewed, and downloaded. The ~163,000 maps available through this interface were scanned by the USGS Historical Topographic Mapping Collection (HTMC) project.
In terms of design, TopoView is an outgrowth of the NGMDB's MapView application. It was developed with guidance and support of the HTMC project, and the USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP), and we're grateful for their cooperation and support.
TopoView was developed relatively quickly and may continue to evolve in cooperation with the NGP. We're not yet sure where it's headed, but here are some possible directions it might take:
• extending TopoView to also show current (and superseded) maps that are produced by the US TOPO project
• providing links to downloadable geoTIFFs, and map sales
• replacing bounding boxes with historical quadrangle map images
• providing access to any paper topographic maps missing from this collection that may, in the future, be found and scanned.
For TopoView's development, I gladly acknowledge the fine work from NGMDB colleagues, principally Chris Garrity, with assistance by Rob Wardwell and Nancy Stamm. And of course, a sincere thanks to Greg Allord, for developing and executing the HTMC project.
We hope you find TopoView useful, and look forward to comments that will improve it.
David R. Soller
Editor’s Comment: Have patience with the site. It is in beta mode and a little slow at least when I tried it. Also, you MUST allow pop-ups on your browser to be able to even see the backgound search map!.
We are looking for an Assistant Director at DOGAMI for managing our mine regulatory programs. Please send along the job announcement to anyone you think may be interested.
This is the link to the state recruitment site: Principal Executive/Manager F (DOGAMI Assistant Director and Manager of the MLRR Program) http://agency.governmentjobs.com/oregon/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=902885
This is the general description of the position responsibilities. The applicant does not have to be a geologist by training.
The person in this position will supervise the Mineral Land Regulation and Reclamation (MLRR) Program; both staff and the regulatory programs. This position directly supervises 10 professional, technical and clerical employees, plus independent contractors and temporary employees. The position is responsible for budget and financial oversight of the MLRR Program. The position is responsible for developing and implementing statewide policies and procedures in the administration of the state’s Mined Land Reclamation Act, as well as its oil/gas and geothermal statutes and rules. In addition to program policy guidance, administration and supervision, this position also performs tasks such as special program analyses, tracking legislation, lobbying for agency policy statutes, attending and testifying at legislative and other governmental and judicial hearings, and preparing draft rules and statutes for consideration by the Agency Governing Board. This position administers agreements and MOAs with other state agencies as needed (e.g., the MOA between ODEQ regarding management of stormwater program). This position also leads the development and implementation of multi-agency team permitting for complex mine sites and for merging state regulations for other mineral mines with developing regulations for mines at the federal level. The program administrator is regularly engaged in coordination, reclamation, the protection of natural resources, and control or mitigation of physical or chemical hazards at mine sites throughout the state. The position also serves as the oil/gas and geothermal supervisor for Oregon, taking the lead on complicated energy mineral issues such as unit spacing, correlative rights, compulsory unitization and Governing Board orders. The position serves as the Legislative Coordinator for the agency.
Vicki S. McConnell, Ph.D., R.G.
Oregon State Geologist
OR Dept. of Geology & Mineral Industries
800 NE Oregon St.
Portland, OR 97232
My name is Julie Page. I recruit and staff for TPD Workforce & HR Solutions. We are one of the approved vendors to staff for Rio Tinto, Kennecott Copper, and Kennecott Exploration. Currently we have two openings for Geologists/Geotechnical Engineers. It is a high-paying contract job to go through the end of the year.
If you are aware of anyone who might be interested in this would you please pass my name and number to them. Below is the job link: http://tpd.theresumator.com/apply/IiOgNH/GeologicalGeotechnical-Engineer.html
If you are aware of any organizations- Professors, or contacts that I should check in with for help in filling these I would really appreciate your help.
Regional Chief Geologist, Mexico
Reports to: Exploration Manager (Mexico)
Role Overview: The Regional Chief Geologist will be the lead technical expert in Mexico. Their primary role is to work alongside the Exploration Manager in Mexico to ensure that all technical aspects of work programs of the Company’s exploration projects adhere to the highest level of geoscience standards in both the Greenfields and Brownfields environments. The Regional Chief Geologist’s role will maintain a split between technical and managerial responsibilities of approximately 75% technical to 25% managerial. The Exploration Manager’s role, on the other hand is split 25% technical to 75% managerial. The incumbents in these roles will work as cross-shifts to one another.
The Regional Chief Geologist should also be prepared for involvement, when required, in matters pertaining to corporate development. Other key aspects of this role include involvement with exploration stakeholders and new exploration opportunities and interaction with technical specialists.
Part time to Full Time position
Western Lithium Corporation
Western Lithium Corporation (WLC) is seeking to hire an MSHA Safety Director for the WLC Kings Valley Clay Mine site located near Orovada, Nevada. This is a relatively small start-up industrial minerals operation. Planned start-up is within two months. This would be a full time position during start-up for the first few months. The Safety Director position could turn into a part time position after initial start-up or, depending on interest and company needs, could turn into a permanent position and involve other duties including OSHA safety at a new clay plant currently under construction in Fernley, Nevada.
The MSHA Safety Director would be responsible for site wide health and safety concerns, implementation of the companys safety policies, evaluation of safe work procedures and ensuring compliance with MSHA regulations, including the preparation of MSHA report forms as required and responding to on-site inspections, etc. The position would also maintain accurate records of employee training, employee health monitoring, MSHA reporting, and be responsible for enforcing the drug and alcohol policy. In addition, the position would also be responsible for updating the companys Product Safety Data Sheets and product warning labels; controlling employee exposure to hazardous waste and chemicals; and responsible for the proper disposal of regulated and hazardous waste which may be generated by the company. Additional duties may include implementing EPAs Toxic Release Inventory reporting, State Air Quality permit compliance reporting, and performing other related duties as assigned.
The position will be based in WLCs Reno, Nevada Office. Travel to the mine site would be required.
Qualified candidates need to show expertise in the safety field. Must have 5 years minimum experience, the ability to conduct on site audits and be able to identify and correct hazardous workplace conditions. Certification as an MSHA instructor is beneficial or must be willing to work towards becoming an MSHA instructor. Additional requirements include strong communication skills, presentation and writing skills, ability to perform work independently and without supervision. Candidates must be proficient in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Programs. Candidates must be able to push/pull/lift 50 pounds on a limited basis, stand for up to 8 hours, hold a current valid Nevada drivers license, and be able to drive a vehicle for up to 5 hours in one period. Position requires employees to successfully complete a pre-employment reference check, background check, and pre-employment physical.
Interested candidates should forward a cover letter and detailed resume to:
Jessica Maples, Office Manager
Western Lithium Corporation
3685 Lakeside Drive, Reno, Nevada 89509
Proficiency in ESRI ArcGIS
Understanding of coordinate systems, projections, datum Cartography (map making, layouts, etc)
What we do:
Receive/process data (from clients, agencies, subcontractors, Enviroscientists’ field personnel).
Create/edit GIS data. May require digitizing from paper products or ungeoreferenced digital products.
Organize/manage GIS data.
Create/edit metadata for GIS data.
Convert between digital data formats (ESRI ArcGIS, MapInfo, AutoCAD, GPS (Garmin, Trimble)).
GIS analysis of data (measurements, buffers, intersections, slopes, viewsheds, etc.)
Create maps/illustrations for project documents, proposals, etc.
Convert data from one coordinate system and datum to another, as necessary.
Compile GIS data and send to clients, agencies, and subcontractors.
Anyone interested should contact Gail Liebler in Reno at (775) 826-8822 and/or send a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org .
USGS just listed two uranium geologist positions located in Denver. Please forward to anyone you might think of who would be interested in applying.
PAC-2014-0514 (GS-09): https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/374840400
PAC-2014-0573 (GS-12/13 MP): https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/374840800
PAC-2014-0574 (GS-12/13 DEU): https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/374840900
Position Location: Denver, CO
This position assists the Exploration Manager of Business Development in the geological interpretation and evaluation of major proposals for the acquisition, divestment and large-scale changes to the operations of the Company in developing optimal crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids marketing opportunities and strategies.
As a Senior Exploration Geologist you will be responsible for the following:
- Provide innovative geological expertise as part of a multi-disciplinary team to identify, evaluate and develop acquisition opportunities
- Perform detailed geological mapping of assets leading to optimal development projects
- Generate exploitation and exploration investment opportunities incorporating log, core, petrophysical, regional analysis, production, and other data to assess play potential
- Assist in generating prospects, screen and review submittals, and invitations to bid
- Coordinate with other Company departments to evaluate prospects
- Make recommendations for approval to bid
- Frequently required to direct the necessary analysis on projects and involve others as needed
- May serve as project leader on assignments requiring a broad knowledge of exploration and exploitation geology
- Communicate key geological concepts to team members and senior management
- Provide input for areas of future technical geologic assessment/development
- Provide technical review and leadership in land strategy discussions
Education, Experience and Skills:
- Minimum ten years industry experience including actively working in the role of exploration geologist
- Must have a Master’s Degree in Geoscience
- Must provide a proven track record as a successful oil finder
- Must have extensive experience pertaining to the exploration of the oil phase of the hydrocarbon system
- Must be able to apply geological and geophysical concepts in the assessment of both conventional and unconventional petroleum systems and demonstrate adaptability to work any basin as expected within an explorationist’s skill set
- Must have strong petrophysical and core analysis experience and be able to develop appropriate coring and logging programs for exploration projects
- Must have experience assessing play potential incorporating multiple data types such as outcrop, log, core, seismic, production, etc., to generate exploitation and exploration investment opportunities
- Experience working the Denver-Julesburg Basin is also desirable but not mandatory
- Must be meticulous and relied upon to provide thoroughly vetted results
- Must have experience working in a multi-disciplinary team and have strong communication and presentation skills
- Strong ability to work in a consultative manner with every level of internal/external staff/contacts
- Must have extensive proficiency with Petra and some form of petrophysical software such as Interactive Petrophysics as well as Spotfire
We pride ourselves in our strong employee base. We are committed to hiring candidates that value a strong work ethic, have a great attitude, and are flexible team players. We offer a great company culture as well as industry competitive pay and benefits. If you hold these qualities and experience, we encourage you to apply today.
For more information or to apply, see
Excellent career opportunity for motivated senior geologist/engineer with good technical and people skills to take over successful mining/exploration consulting firm in SW Montana. The company conducts industrial minerals and metals exploration, evaluations and mine geology. The company has a sound client base, competent employees, and efficient office facilities.
Founder/owner is retiring but will be available for transition. If interested please call (406) 223-1139.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has published: “Century-scale perspective on water quality in selected river basins of the conterminous United States." The report provides an overview of water quality and anthropogenic changes in selected river basins over the past 100 years. River basins situated within and near Pennsylvania that are included in the report include: the Delaware, Schuylkill, Potomac, and Ohio River basins. An electronic copy of the report can be downloaded at the following link:
An informed homeowner needs to know geology. Now, thanks to Google Earth, some property owners can see the trace of the San Andreas Fault as it cuts across their neighborhood, their property or even their living room. Check it out at http://www.thulescientific.com/san-andreas-fault-map.html.
Armed with this information, does it add or detract from the value of one’s home? Home ownership for most is a big investment that needs to be protected from both man-made and geohazards. If you think your homeowner’s insurance policy covers geohazards you may be in for a surprise. To learn more, click the link below to learn why it’s important for a homeowner to know geology: http://geology.com/articles/homeowners-insurance.shtml
We have now put our latest schedule on our website. Just go to www.aandmsafetyandenvironment.com and click on the schedule tab. If you would like to schedule for any of the classes, you can either call us or click on the contact us tab on the web site.
A&M Safety & Environment, LLC
5815 W. 6th Ave., Ste. 2PB, Lakewood, CO 80214
For those interested in geothermal energy in Colorado, here is a website of interest:
101 Things to do with a Hole in the Ground is an introduction to the incredible range of activities that transform old mines into new futures. Color photographs and brief descriptions take the reader on a world tour of heritage and tourism attractions, wildlife habitats, educational, sport and leisure facilities and dozens of industrial uses - demonstrating that the impacts of mining can be converted from liability to opportunity and benefit for local communities. Produced by the Post-Mining Alliance of the Eden Project, Cornwall UK, this book is an example of how this group promotes good practice in post-mining regeneration by becoming a centre of excellence and repository of knowledge on post-mining regeneration projects.
Copies of this book are available from their online shop www.edenproject.com/shop/101. The price is £9.99 plus a delivery charge of £5. For multiple orders the delivery charge is £15 to anywhere in the world.
For further information on the Post Mining Alliance go to: www.postmining.org. The Post-Mining Alliance plan to continue to collate good examples of post mining land uses, the highlights of which will be posted on their website so if you know of any others, please contact:
On-Line Ethics Course (07/08/09)
The Division of Professional Affairs of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists is pleased to announce the release of its first online ethics course. Many of you may be subject to mandatory continuing education via a state board of licensure/registration (for example, the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists) or the DPA's "Board Certified" level of professional certification that requires 1.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) annually in ethics. As a matter of personal professional development goals others of you continue to further educate yourselves by attending seminars, workshops, presentations, etc. to further that end. With that said, the course that the DPA now has online should satisfy most state and DPA "Board Certified" ethics requirements, as well as your own personal, professional development goals.
The course is free to all DPA members, $25.00 for AAPG members, and since ethics has no ties to any one profession, it is also available to non-AAPG members for $35.00. It is comprised of a video presentation lasting approximately 40 minutes followed by a 15-question examination. Once you have successfully passed the examination a certificate of completion will be generated signifying the 1.0 PDH that you have earned and the date on which it was awarded.
Go to the Division of Professional Affairs home page (https://www.aapg.org/dpa/video/video.aspx) to review the video.
The DPA hopes that you will take advantage of this offering. The Division has several additional ethics courses in various stages of completion and will be making those available as they are completed.
Rick L. Ericksen
Reminder on E-Mail Addresses
Please, if your e-mail address is about to change, or if it changes in the future, let me (Doug Peters) know about it as well as sending the update to AIPG Headquarters (email@example.com). This will ensure that you stay on our e-mail list and receive all notices in a timely fashion as well as additional information from AIPG Headquarters.
American Institute of Professional Geologists
2013-14 Scholarship Awards
Rex Monahan Scholarship Fund
April 12, 2013
Up to $500 Available to Undergraduate or Graduate Geology Students
REX MONAHAN GEOLOGICAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Colorado Section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (CO-AIPG) is pleased to announce a scholarship program to support and encourage undergraduate and graduate students in the geological sciences. An award will be made for the 2013-14 academic year through the Rex Monahan Geological Scholarship.
The principal aim of this scholarship program is to offer financial support to undergraduate and graduate geology students and to encourage serious and deserving students to continue their studies in the geological sciences.
Size Distribution from the Rex Monahan Geological Scholarship Fund for the year 2013-14 will consist of one award of $500 given to one student.
Use of Scholarships
Scholarship awards may be applied toward tuition, fees, field activities, or other costs related to undergraduate or graduate study.
Use Fields of Interest
Undergraduate or graduate students majoring in a geological science at an accredited college or university in the State of Colorado are eligible to apply for a scholarship.
Basis of Award
The Scholarship Committee, which is comprised of officers and members of the CO-AIPG, will make the final selection of students to receive a scholarship. The selection will be based on a review of the application form and two letters, one from the student and one from a department faculty member or advisor.
How to Apply
The Scholarship Committee requests an application form and two letters. The first letter, from the applicant, should discuss three evaluation criteria: qualifications, career goals, and financial need. The letter from a faculty member should include a brief summery of the student’s qualifications and accomplishments, and reasons for selecting the candidate.
The application form and both letters should be submitted to the Rex Monahan Scholarship Committee
12000 Washington St., Suite 285
Westminster, Colorado 80241.
APPLICATIONS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM YOUR DEPARTMENT CHAIR AND MUST BE SUBMITTED ON OR BEFORE July 15, 2013
SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY AUGUST 2013
Rex Monahan, CPG 424
2005 Recipient - AIPG Honorary Membership Award
Rex started his career in the petroleum industry in 1950, after having served as an infantry officer in Europe in World War II. Upon graduating from college, he moved to Sidney, Nebraska, to work in the oil field as a roughneck for Loffland Brothers Drilling Company. After about a year as a roughneck, his independent oil business began where he developed geologic prospects and raised money to drill wells. Rex has drilled, or been a party to drilling, approximately 200 exploratory wells in Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, and Arkansas. This drilling resulted in 40 discoveries, most of which were commercial. He currently operates producing wells in Colorado, Nebraska, and Kansas.
He is a founding Trustee Associate of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), a senior member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), past Chairman of the Colorado-Nebraska Sub-Section of SPE, a Certified Petroleum Geologist, #58, through AAPG, a Certified Professional Geologist, #424, through the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG), and a Registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Colorado. He has also authored and co-authored articles which have appeared in the Oil and Gas Journal.
The benefits of geology and the oil industry have provided financing for Rex's lifetime goal, "to better the human condition," and he has pursued this goal chiefly in the field of education. Since a large part of his endeavors have been in education, he began at home in Sterling Colorado, where he has been a member of the Board of Trustees at Northeastern Junior College of Sterling for the past 22 years. For thirteen of these years he also has served as Chairman.
At Northeastern Junior College, Rex sponsored and financed many students for General Equivalency Diplomas under what he called the Monahan Second- Chance Program. In addition he has financed individual junior college scholarships for single parents. Over 1300 individuals have benefited from these scholarships to date. Rex assisted Regis University in a project to offer a Master of Business Administration Degree through Northeastern Junior College. Twenty students received this degree after the first year, and Rex was among the group, having earned his MBA at the age of 65.
Rex Monahan’s current enterprise, the Monahan Second-Chance Academy, begun in 2001, involves financing scholarships for an Associate in Arts Degree in General Studies for prisoners at the Colorado Department of Corrections facility at Sterling. This was not a new idea for him. From 1969 to 1979 he provided funding for 300 inmates at Colorado State Prison at Canon City to obtain GED diplomas. Since GED study is now state-sponsored, Rex has progressed with the present program to offer the opportunity for an advanced degree. Actually the concept of post-graduate education for offenders is believed to be an innovation in the state of Colorado.
Monahan's previous experience left him with the belief that education is an important factor in rehabilitation, and this is supported by studies which have shown that recidivism decreased markedly with prisoners who have participated in college level courses. With the enthusiastic cooperation of Northeastern Junior College and Sterling Correctional Facility, the program is in place, and the number of students is increasing. In accord with his goals he was one of the founders and serves on the Board of Directors of the Logan County Literacy Coalition, an organization designed to train tutors for literacy improvement among individuals with limited reading skills.
Away from his home turf, as a tireless champion of education, Rex has contributed countless hours of his time, encouragement and financial support to various colleges, the University of Nebraska--his alma mater, Regis University, Morgan Community College, Trinidad State Junior College and the Colorado School of Mines. He takes an active interest in--as well as contributing to--the Friends of Nursing organization of Denver, focusing specifically on scholarships for single parents.
As well as academic education, he has served the community on the Board of Directors of the High Plains Easter Seal Society for twenty-two years, where the chief service was rehabilitation for handicapped, and was on of the founding members of the Rundus Foundation to provide organ and vocal music training.
Consider contributing to the Scholarship Fund. Why? the Colorado Section's Scholarship Fund is new and growing slowly with other members' contributions. The Scholarship Fund was established to support one or more undergraduate and/or graduate students in Colorado as they pursue geological degrees. The Section has not yet made an award from this fund because we are working to build the fund to a point where it can provide funding for a least one award to one student and eventually sustain itself at the same time. From one award, we expect to expand the fund and award more students.
Please support the students who are the future of the geologic profession.
YES! I wish to support the Scholarship Fund in providing assistance towards tuition or travel to field camps, research and thesis preparation, travel to present the results of thesis work, and recognizing excellence in scholarship and leadership.
Here's my check made out to AIPG-Colorado Section, and sent to:
James A. Russell
1909 Sage Circle
Golden, CO 80401
In the amount of: ___ $25 ___ $50 ___ $100 ___ $500 ___ other
The Scholarship Fund and Future Geologists
CONTACT INFO FOR COLORADO SECTION BOARD
To aid communication between our Colorado Section members and the current Section Board, below are the addresses, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail addresses for our Board members. Note that the Vice-President also serves as chairman for the monthly luncheon program committee.
2014 Colorado Section Board
2266 Forest St.
Denver, CO 80207
Work: (303) 394-0321
2598 S. Xenophon Street
Lakewood, CO 80228
Work: (303) 825-0777
PO Box 260965
Lakewood, CO 80226
Work: (303) 726-6431
13741 Braun Dr.
Golden, CO 80401
Work: (303) 279-3118
825 Raptor Point Road
Golden, CO 80403
Work: (303) 278-1540
Advisory Board Representative
5733 W Hoover Ave
Littleton, CO 80123
Work: (303) 241-2572
Tom Van Arsdale
1436 Jasmine Street
Denver, CO 80220
1842 Clarkson Street
Denver, CO 80218
Work: (303) 830-1188
Reg. & Leg. Committee
12640 W. Cedar Dr.
Lakewood, CO 80228
Work: (303) 674-6484
825 Raptor Point Road
Golden, CO 80403
Work: (303) 278-1540