September 2017 - Anita Paulssen

It is with a heavy heart we start our 2017-2018 season.  The suffering and loss of life in our state and in the Gulf Coast has been so hard to watch. Most of us that have been in the oil patch for a while have lived along the gulf at some point or still know lots of people that are down there trying to recover. However, the bravery, compassion, and outreach from our country and so many selfless individuals are inspiring.  Once the immediate danger has passed, we must start the difficult conversations: preventing future disasters, securing energy, funding recovery of the stricken areas, and the impacts of climate change, to name a few.  As geologists and earth science professionals, these conversations affect our lives and our jobs.  I believe our knowledge of the earth will be needed as our world grapples with the impacts of rapid changes in our society and our environment.

Our first summer social was a success with good food, good drinks and good conversation.  Thank you, Hunter Carr for arranging it.  Unfortunately, Hunter was in Houston preparing his home for the storm.  We hope he can make the next one he is coordinating with SPE on September 14th.  We will again be at Rose City Draft house, 5 pm.  Premier Pressure Pumping is generously sponsoring drinks and ETGS will sponsor the food.  Hunter had the great idea of making the social a fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey Relief, giving us all an opportunity to contribute. 100% of donations will be given to the Red Cross.

Don’t miss the annual ETGS Golf Tournament, Monday, October 9th.  1:00 pm Shotgun start at the Cascades Country Club.  Always a great time!  Your $150 fee gets you Lunch, Cart, Range, Green Fee and Dinner Buffet.  Thanks go to Nick Pollard for organizing it again.  Sign up on our website.

Our September luncheon will be on Wednesday, September 20th at the Cascades Country club, 11:30.  Please RSVP as early as possible - preferably before Thursday, September 14th - so the Cascades can plan for food.  Our speaker will be Peter Soto-Kerans.  Peter is an Unconventional Exploration VIE Geologist for Total E&P Americas in Houston. He is a Reservoir Geologist, with experience in unconventional exploration, exploitation, and production geology for the East Texas Basin and Permian Basin.  His talk is titled “Resedimented deep-water model for Albian Glen Rose ‘D’ Alabama Ferry Oolite ‘Shoals’: Lower Cretaceous Albian Platform Mixed Carbonate/Siliciclastic Strata of the Upper Glen Rose D Member, East Texas and Brazos Basins; Impact of the Houston Trough on Depositional Patterns and Facies Architecture”.  This is a very relevant talk dealing with unconventional resources.  Check out Peter’s complete Bio and Abstract on our website when you RSVP.

Look forward to seeing everyone.

Best regards,

Anita Paulssen

President, East Texas Geological Society