The Mountain Geologist Best Paper for 2002

Title: The Mountain Geologist Best Paper for 2002
Awardee: Philip H. Nelson
Publication: The Outcrop, January 2003, p. 10

The RMAG congratulates Philip H. Nelson for having his outstanding paper, “A review of the Multiwell Experiment in Tight Gas Sandstones of the Mesaverde Group, Piceance Basin, Colorado” selected as The Mountain Geologist Best Paper for 2002.

This extremely well-written and well-illustrated paper characterizes an experimental drilling, coring, and well testing program called the Multiwell Experiment in the Rulison Field, Piceance Basin, northwest Colorado. The author has compiled, organized, and synthesized a tremendous amount of well log, core measurement, geochemical, and fracture frequency data to illustrate the nature of permeability and porosity, the characteristics of fractures, and the nature of overpressuring, all integrated controls on gas productivity in the Williams Fork and Iles Formations of the Mesaverde Group.

Although the number of submissions to The Mountain Geologist in 2002 was down from past years, selecting a best paper was just as difficult because of the high quality of all the papers. We thank all of the authors for their contributions and hard work, and encourage RMAG members to read all of these interesting papers. Again, congratulations to Philip H. Nelson.

– The Mountain Geologist best paper selection committee