56th Annual RMS-AAPG Meeting, October 7-9, 2007

Title: 56th Annual RMS-AAPG Meeting, October 7-9, 2007

Author: Stephanie Carney, Publicity Chair, RMS-AAPG Convention Committee

Publication: The Outcrop, September 2007, p. 1, 6

The 2007 RMS planning committee invites you to join us for the 56th Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Section of the AAPG! This year’s “rendezvous” will be held at the beautiful Snowbird Resort in scenic Little Cottonwood Canyon of Utah. An excellent technical program is ready with a variety of Rocky Mountain area hot topics like tight-gas sands, shale gas, structure, tectonics, sedimentology, and more. We’re excited to announce a new addition to the meeting this year, ROCKS (core poster sessions). These sessions will be held all day, each day during the meeting. Also new for this year, we will have prospect booths and interview rooms available for companies/individuals to show prospects and interview for potential employees and employers.

This year’s guest speakers are outstanding! Charles B. (Chuck) Stanely of Questar Corporation will be the All Convention Luncheon speaker and he will be talking about “Natural Gas in the Rockies – The Challenges and Opportunities of Resource Development on Public Lands.” You always want a long lunch and we deliver! Join us for our “View from the Top” tram ride and box lunch on Tuesday, with Joe Gates “geologizing” on the spectacular view at the top of Hidden Peak, or just take in the view and fresh air. The keynote speaker for this year’s Public Forum will be Dr. Charles G. Groat, Director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Texas and president of the AAPG Division of Environmental Geosciences. The forum is dedicated
to discussing Energy Development on Public Lands.

Three invigorating field trips and two stimulating short courses will be taking place this year. Take a trip to learn about the evolution of the Wasatch Front, the structural geology of the central Utah thrust belt, or the classic geology and reservoir characterization studies of central Utah. Or attend a short course to get a hands­-on lesson on depositional environments, diagenesis, and hydrothermal alteration of carbonates from core of the Mississippian Leadville Limestone. If shale gas lights you up, then attend a course on the geological aspects of shale gas exploration, exploitation and development.

The social events scheduled this year are sure to please! For the traditionalist we’ve got the opening “icebreaker.” Don’t miss the Monday evening Oktoberfest celebration with bratwurst, an oompah band, and dancing under the giant Snowbird tent, what could be better? To finish off the meeting, we have a closing reception on the last afternoon in the exhibits and core poster area.

This year’s meeting is sure to be intellectually stimulating, socially invigorating, and a good time! Come on …. join us! For more information and to register online go to: http://www.utahgeology.org/rms-aapg.htm. Register before August 17th and receive a FREE CD copy of the new 2007 geology of central-Utah (future best seller) from the Utah Geological Association.

Hope to see you there!