November 2016 - Anita Paulssen

I start this newsletter on a sad note.  We will be losing some of our members as EOG closes its office here in Tyler and consolidates to Fort Worth.  We wish our friends, whether moving or staying, all the best, and hope those who are moving will come back to visit us.

Many thanks to Nick Pollard for organizing another successful golf tournament, with help from Jacob Gray, Curt Bateman and Thomas Knight.   There was beautiful weather for the 108 golfers that participated.  Congratulations to Team Hene for taking top honors.  Stephen F. Austin University students had a raffle at the tournament and made $500 to help with their AAPG events.  The students will have another raffle at our November luncheon, so break open those piggy banks.

Thank you Jared Morris for serving as our Social Committee chair.  We wish you well on your new posting with EOG.  Hunter Carr has stepped up to fill the position.  If you have any suggestions or would like to assist, please contact Hunter.

ETGS will offer a one day sequence stratigraphy course on February 23, 2017.  Watch for the registration notice coming soon.  

In spite of the poor press our industry sometimes receives, particularly in this crazy election season, the reality is that most of us became geologists because we love being out in nature and do care about preserving the environment, while proudly exploring for and providing life sustaining energy.   Our luncheon speaker this month brings us an alternative energy solution that can actually make an oil or gas well greener.  Maria Richards is the SMU Geothermal Laboratory Coordinator.  Her primary research is focused on the conversion of oil and gas fields into production of geothermal energy.  In her presentation, “Roadmap to Developing Geothermal Energy in Texas”, she will explain how geothermal energy is stored along the Texas Gulf Coast and how Texas has the potential to remain “the energy state” indefinitely.   Please join us at 11:30, November 16th, at the Cascades Country Club.  Don’t forget to RSVP on our website.

And mark your calendar for December!  Our luncheon will be December 14th instead of the 21st.  Also stay up to date on our ETGS Facebook page.

The Awards Committee of GCAGS is looking for members to recognize for their hard work, service and commitment.  Please send me your ideas; there are so many of our ETGS members that have given so much over the years.

All the best,

Anita Paulssen

President, East Texas Geological Society