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American Institute of Professional Geologists
Colorado Section

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 dialjeemincolo@aol.com.

Colorado Section Newsletter - June 2014

AIPG Conference on Social Licensing - Achieving Public Support
November 10, 2014 ♦ Denver, CO 80203
Advertising FlyerRegister Online

GeoEvents (9/5/14) RMAG October Luncheon (9/12/14)
RFP for Placer Gold Mining Project (9/17/14) NGWA Workshop (9/17/14)
2014 FCGS Meeting and Presentation (9/17/14) The Science Behind Fracking (9/17/14)
RMAG On the Rocks Field Trip (9/12/14) Edgar Mine Open House (9/12/14)
UNC Seminars (9/5/14) Water Well Meeting (9/3/14)
Dino Ridge (9/3/14) PTTC Fall Symposium (9/3/14)
Mine Waste Conference (9/3/14) Colorado State University, Geosciences Seminar Schedule (9/3/14)
University of Colorado Benson Earth Sciences Colloquium Schedule (8/25/14) Hydrofracturing Wastewater Reuse Webinar (8/25/14)
DWLS Workshop (8/18/14) AEG, ASCE, and CAGE Biennial Geo-Conference (8/18/14)
Popular Geology Book Announcement (7/16/14) ACE 2015 Explore the Summit of Petroleum Geosciences Abstract (6/5/14)
Denver Mining Club Schedule (9/5/14) USGS TopoView (05/13/13)

Job Board

AIPG Job Board
UTAH GEOLOGICAL SURVEY Position (9/17/14) Kansas Geological Survey Position (9/12/14)
BLM - Mining Engineer/Geologist (9/12/14) BLM - Geologist (9/12/14)
Deputy Director - Arizona Geological Survey (9/5/14) New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (9/5/14)
Geologists Needed (8/25/14) Geologists/Geotechnical Engineers Needed (7/22/14)
MSHA Safety Director (7/16/14) GIS Specialist (7/16/14)
Senior Exploration Geologist-Colorado (6/24/14) Senior Geologist/Engineer (6/24/14)
Historic River Basin Report Released by the USGS (01/31/13)
MSHA and OSHA Training (11/16/10)
101 Things to do with a Hole in the Ground 1974 Piceance Creek Basin Road Log
Scholarship Fund Rex Monahan Geological Student Scholarship
Colorado Section's Career Day handout 2002 Section President and Vice President Duties

Government Relations


(comp. by P. Modreski, USGS-Denver, pmodreski@usgs.gov)

Sat., Sept. 20, Dinosaur Discovery Day, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Public tour day at the Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center, Morrison, with expert interpretive guides stationed along the Dinosaur Ridge trail to point out the dinosaur tracks, bones, and other fossils and geologic features. Special booths & activities for kids, with the theme, “Geologic Hazards”. 16831 W. Alameda Parkway; see www.dinoridge.org for more info or call 303-697-3466. Also, stop and see the brand new “Discovery Center” on the west side of Dinosaur Ridge; it’s the first right turn along the north entrance road into to Red Rocks Park, at the W. Alameda Parkway intersection with Hwy 93/26 (Hogback Road).

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, 7:00 p.m., at the monthly meeting of the Colorado Scientific Society, “In the Footsteps of the Early Bone Diggers: Locating Historic Photographic Sites in the Bridger Basin of Southwest Wyoming” by Dr. Emmett Evanoff, University of Northern Colorado; at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood. All are welcome.

Thurs., Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m., Friends of Mineralogy, Colorado Chapter, bimonthly meeting, Denver Museum of Nature and Science (V.I.P. Room), with a presentation by Ray Berry, longtime collector of Colorado minerals in the Pikes Peak batholith, "My First Thirty Years of Mineral Collecting". All are welcome.Thurs., Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m., Friends of Mineralogy, Colorado Chapter, bimonthly meeting, Denver Museum of Nature and Science (V.I.P. Room), with a presentation by Ray Berry, longtime collector of Colorado minerals in the Pikes Peak batholith, "My First Thirty Years of Mineral Collecting". All are welcome.

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RMAG October Luncheon

Speaker: Michael Holmes
Talk: A comparison of petrophysical analytic sequence to describe both conventional and unconventional reservoir.
Date: 10/1/2014
Location: Denver City Center Marriott

Check in: 11:30 am; Lunch: 12:00 pm;
Talk: 12:20 pm
Lunch $30/ Walk-in without lunch $10. Please note online registration closes Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 4pm!
To register, go to http://www.rmag.org/i4a/ams/amsstore/category.cfm?category_id=3

A comparison of petrophysical analytic sequence to describe both conventional and unconventional reservoir.

Digital Formation has developed a series of petrophysical models to analyze reservoir properties. This presentation demonstrates how the models can be combined into a comprehensive petrophysical reservoir evaluation. In addition to standard deterministic petrophysical analysis, the model includes information from:

Rock Physics Modeling: Create pseudo acoustic (both compressional and shear) curves, based on Gassmann and Kreif geophysical models. The model allows for the estimate of acoustic data where no (or limited) acoustic data exists. From this modeling, mechanical properties including brittle vs. ductile distinction can be made. Reference Holmes, SPWLA 2004, SEG 2005

Relative Permeability Modeling: Procedures are available to estimate profiles of irreducible water saturation, which can be compared with the actual water saturation. Reference Holmes AAPG 2009. Using the technique of Corey (1954) continuous profiles of relative and effective permeabilities to both wetting and on-wetting phases can be created. Knowing viscosities of reservoir fluids water/oil or gas/water ratios can be determined as continuous curves.

Petrophysical Analysis of Unconventional Reservoirs: Involves examination of the shale intervals independently of the clean formation. Additionally consideration of the Kerogen and total organic carbon (TOC) content of the reservoir is crucial to the overall assessment of the hydrocarbon potential. Quantitative calculations of free and adsorbed hydrocarbons need to be assessed for a complete analysis. We have developed a technique to identify small to very small volumes of free shale porosity not associated with TOC. Reference AAPG 2010, 2011, 2013.

Fracture Analysis: Developed to estimate the presence of fractures both open and healed from standard open hole logs. Anonymously rapid rates of change are attributed to fractures. If the trend is to higher porosity, open fractures are suggested. Alternatively if the trend is to lower porosity, healed or cemented fractures are indicated. For wells with image logs, we have observed fair to good correlations with imaged identified fractures.

This presentation shows how these various models can be combined with standard analytic procedures to derive a full evaluation of reservoir potential:

  • Porosity, fluid saturation, shale volume, permeability
  • In-place and recoverable hydrocarbons
  • Free hydrocarbons in the shale fraction
  • TOC and adsorbed hydrocarbons
  • Profiles of relative and effective permeabilities to the fluid phases
  • Profile of water/hydrocarbon rations
  • Brittle vs. ductile distinction

Examples from unconventional oil and gas reservoirs of North America are presented.

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2014 FCGS Meeting and Presentation

Date: September 18, 2014
5:30 p.m. Happy Hour; 6:00 p.m. Dinner; 7:00 p.m. Speaker
Meeting Location: Nobel Hall, Fort Lewis College Durango

Topic: “Yucca Mountain and the Problem of America’s Nuclear Waste”
Speaker: Dennis O’Leary, USGS (retired)

Note: Must leave dinner room and walk north to the next building (Noble Hall) for speaker before 7 pm. Speaker begins 7 pm SHARP.

Reservations: RSVP to gianniny_g@fortlewis.edu by Sept 16th.
Dinner and Happy Hour Cost: $20.00.

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The Science Behind Fracking

Presented by: Robert Single from Anadarko Petroleum
Sponsored by the Metropolitan State University AIPG Student Chapter

Please join us for an educational evening about the procedures, equipment used, and geology behind fracking!
When: Tuesday, October 7th at 6 pm
Where: Tivoli Turnhalle Auditorium
900 Auraria Pkwy.
Denver, CO, 80217
RSVP by October 2nd

Please Note: This event is by RSVP only. To reserve your spot, please send an email to aipg.msudenver@gmail.com along with any question about fracking you would like answered during the Q&A session.

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RFP for Placer Gold Mining Project

The Colorado State Land Board and Aurora Water have released a joint solicitation to request proposals from operators for a placer gold mining project in Lake County, Colorado.

Please see the following website for details on this offering: http://trustlands.state.co.us/NewsandMedia/Documents/Solicitation%20of%20Offers%20(SOO)%20-%20Box%20Creek%20Placer%20Gold%20Lease.pdf

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NGWA Workshop — Groundwater Quality and Unconventional Gas Development: Is There a Connection?

November 13-14, 2014
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Join groundwater and other industry professionals to discuss sampling, monitoring, and research approaches to evaluate issues and concerns regarding the possibility for contamination of shallow groundwater by stray gases, formation waters, and chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, as greater use of this technology has expanded.

Keynote address: Evolution of Groundwater Monitoring — Implications for Shale Gas; John A. Cherry, Ph.D., University of Guelph


  • Fred Baldassare, Echelon Applied Geoscience Consulting
  • Susan Brantley, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
  • Maurice Dusseault, Ph.D., PE, University of Waterloo
  • Jon Fennell, Ph.D., PG, Integrated Sustainability Consultants Ltd.
  • Anthony Gorody, Ph.D., PG, Universal Geoscience Consulting Inc.
  • Richard Jackson, Ph.D., PE, Geofirma Engineering Ltd.
  • Peter B. McMahon, Ph.D., U.S. Geological Survey
  • Lisa Molofsky, GSI Environmental Inc.
  • Jean-Philippe Nicot, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
  • Beth L. Parker, Ph.D., University of Guelph
  • Stephen Richardson, Ph.D., GSI Environmental Inc.
  • Christine Rivard, Ph.D., Geological Survey of Canada
  • Donald Siegel, Ph.D., Syracuse University
  • Daniel Soeder, U.S. Department of Energy
  • John H. Williams, U.S. Geological Survey

To register or for more info, go to http://www.ngwa.org/Events-Education/shortcourses/Pages/224nov14.aspx

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RMAG On the Rocks Field Trip

Volcanic History of the Gunnison Basin
Saturday, September 20th, 2014

For Professionals: $10; For Educators & Students: Free Register for the trip at http://www.rmag.org/i4a/ams/amsstore/category.cfm?category_id=20

Please note that all participants must sign a Release and Indemnity Agreement before being allowed to attend a field trip. Failure to return your Release and Indemnity Agreement to RMAG by the Wednesday before the field trip (9/17/14) will result in your spot going to another participant. You can email staff@rmag.org with your agreement or fax to (303) 476-2241.

The deadline for registering for this trip is Wednesday, 9/17/14 at 5 pm. If a participant does not cancel by the Tuesday before the field trip, reimbursement will not be made.

Leader: Allen Stork, Western State Colorado University
Make this your trip for Colorado fall color! The last On-the-Rocks field trip of the 2014 season will include spectacular geology and awesome scenery.

The Upper Gunnison Basin was formed by the interplay between the 30 m.a. old West Elk Volcano and the large ash-flow sheets that make up the northern slopes of the San Juan Mountains. On Saturday, the field trip will first look at gravels deposited when the West Elk Volcano disrupted the paleodrainages off of the Laramide Rockies. We will then loop south to tour the well-exposed Cochetopa Caldera, the northern end of the La Garita Caldera, and the tuffs erupted from the San Luis Caldera cycle. The day will finish by looking at the 20 m.a. Nine-Mile Hill Volcano and a spectacular overview of the West Elk Volcano and Upper Gunnison Basin.
For those able to stay through Sunday morning, there will be an optional portion of the field trip that will go into the heart of the West Elk Volcano up Red Creek. On the drive up, we will look at the debris flows that make up the majority of West Elk Volcano. We will end up at about 12,000 feet elevation. and after a short (<1/4 mile) climb, have a spectacular view into the center of the volcano and of the Gunnison Laccolith Cluster to the north. This is a relatively rough gravel road and high clearance vehicles are recommended. This optional portion of the field trip will end at 1 pm on Sunday.

The trip will begin and end in the Hurst Hall parking lot on the campus of Western State in Gunnison, CO. Click here for a link to the campus map:


The Saturday trip will start at 8 am and end at 5 pm. The Sunday trip will start at 8 am and end at 1 pm. The trip will be on gravel roads and high clearance vehicles are recommended. If you do not have such a vehicle, it is likely that you will be able to ride with someone who does, or with the trip leader in a university vehicle. Coordinate with Sandra Mark regarding this (contact info below). There will be a few short (<1/4 mile) hikes over easy terrain. Most of the stops have decent parking but we should strive to keep the number of vehicles low; 30 participants.

Camping, Lodging, Restaurants in Gunnison
Gunnison is a 3.5 4 hour drive from the Denver metro area, so lodging or camping for one or two nights must be arranged and paid for by individual participants.

Elk Creek Campground at the Curecanti National Recreation Area (Blue Mesa Reservoir) will be the meeting place for those interested in camping. Here is a link to the Curecanti website: http://www.nps.gov/cure/index.htm

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Edgar Mine Open House

4-5 pm on Friday afternoons in Ross Hall Room 3240 Greeley, CO

You are cordially invited to attend the Colorado School of Mines Department of Mining Engineering, Edgar Experimental Mine Open House on Friday September 19th, 2014 from 12:00 to 4:00 PM. Details are available the following link:


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UNC's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Seminar Series

4-5 pm on Friday afternoons in Ross Hall Room 3240 Greeley, CO

September 19. Bill Hoyt, UNC Earth & Atmospheric Sciences 2013 "September Flood Impacts: Northern Colorado Front Range"”

September 26. Josh Clark & Phillip Foy, UNC Earth & Atmospheric Sciences (undergraduate Intern Reports on fire weather) "Fire Weather APP"

October 3. Sam Scoleri & Colton Grasmick, UNC Earth & Atmospheric Sciences (undergraduate Intern Reports) "National Weather Service, Pueblo; Research Experience for Undergraduates at Hobart and William Smith College"

October 10. Felicia Kruger, Arvada Storm Water and UNC Earth & Atmospheric Sciences "Case Studies in a Storm Water Job"

October 17. Nick Horianopoulos, Noel Community Arts School and UNC Earth & Atmospheric Sciences "50 Top Sites of Geological Interest in Colorado"

October 24. Chester Hitchens, Lidstone and Associates "Land Surveying and Geospatial Issues for Geologists and Environmental Scientists

October 31. BOO!! No Seminar This Evening

November 7. Nigel Kelly, Geology, University of Colorado "Geochemistry and Petrology Associated with Ore Deposits"

November 14. Randi Hogden, Ph D Candidate, Biology, UNC "Potential Environmental Impacts of Shale Development on Proximate Flora"

November 21. Julie Sexton, Research Associate, Mathematics and Science Teaching Institute; Kevin Pugh, Professor, Psychology, UNC "Factors Associated with the Recruitment and Retention of Students into Geoscience"

November 28. Thanksgiving Break—NO SEMINAR

December 5. Poster Fest With Undergraduates, Graduate Students, Faculty. Dozens of Posters! FEED!! CELEBRATE!!!

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Volunteer Opportunities at Dinosaur Ridge

School/Group Interpretive Tour Guide
Brings fossils and geology alive by being a volunteer tour guide at Dinosaur Ridge. Throughout the year, over 17,000 school children take fully guided tours of Dinosaur Ridge or Triceratops Trail with a trained guide. Most of these tours are given free of charge to schools who have 50% or more students receiving free and reduced lunch. These groups range from schools to senior centers, and have between 10-250 participants. Tour Guides lead these groups on a tour of Dinosaur Ridge and interpret the geology and paleontology located here. Guides may work alone with smaller groups or with up to five other Guides for large groups. Training provided. Great experience for interpretation and education! This opportunity is usually Monday-Friday, outdoors, mainly March-October, and flexible. We will have tour guide training on Tuesday, September 2, 10am-12noon; Thursday, September 4, 10am-12noon; and Friday, September 5, 10am-12noon. RSVP with Amber at amber_Cain@dinoridge.org or 303-697-3466 x 107 if you can attend one of these dates. Interested but can’t attend one of the training dates?
Email Amber your availability and we will work with your schedule!

Dinosaur Discovery Day Helper
From April through October, the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge host monthly special events called Dinosaur Discovery Days. During DDDays, Discovery Day Specialists answer questions and give short interpretive demonstrations at different sites along the Dinosaur Ridge trail. There are also hands-on opportunities at the Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center where volunteers assist visitors with track painting, gold panning, fossil sifting, metal detecting, orienting visitors, parking, crowd control (as needed), and set-up and tear-down. Training is provided the day of. Great opportunity for small groups and businesses. Upcoming 2014 dates: September 20 (10am-2pm) and October 11 (9:30am-3pm).

Community Outreach Provider
Represent the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge at various festivals and events throughout the Denver Metro Area. Duties include setting up an informational booth, facilitating hands-on educational activities, distributing flyers and brochures, and answering general questions about Dinosaur Ridge. This is a great way to get free admission to many area events. This opportunity is usually on weekends. Training is provided.

Exhibit Hall Docents
Assist visitors through Dinosaur Ridge’s exhibit hall, Trek Through Time.
Docents will greet visitors, collect fees, and answer general questions.
Give short presentations about the objects in the exhibit hall to interested visitors. Trek Through Time is open 7 days a week, 10am-4pm. Work once a week, once a month or cover open shifts as needed. Training is provided. We will have a docent training on Wednesday, September 3, 12-2pm and on Thursday, September 4, 1-3pm. RSVP with Amber at amber_Cain@dinoridge.org or 303-697-3466 x 107 if you can attend one of these dates. Interested but can’t attend one of the training dates?
Email Amber your availability and we will work with your schedule!

Contact Amber Cain at amber_Cain@dinoridge.org or at 303-697-3466 x 107.

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PTTC Fall Symposium

Environmental Innovation in Colorado Oil & Gas Production
Colorado School of Mines Ben Parker Student Center - Ballroom AB,
1516 Illinois Street
Golden, CO 80401

Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (MDT)

The fee includes lunch, class notes and PDH certificate

The Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC) and the Colorado School of Mines are hosting a one-day conference focusing on Colorado upstream oil and gas environmental best practices and innovation, to be held on the Mines campus in Golden on Thursday, September 18th, 2014. The purpose of the conference is to bring together for a day, key players in the industry, to share information and experiences on these topics and to encourage further progress in environmental stewardship. Confirmed speakers represent Colorado regulatory agencies, leading Colorado oil and gas producers, PTTC and Mines professionals and technical consultants. The conference is open to all interested parties, and we particularly wish to invite graduate and undergraduate college students. For further information, contact L Peter Galusky, Jr at 719-339-6791 or lpg@texerra.com or Mary Carr at 303-273-3107 or mcarr@mines.edu .

To register, go to

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Tailings and Mine Waste 2014

Registration is now open for the Tailings and Mine Waste 2014 conference in Keystone, Colorado, October 4-8, 2014. The conference will be held at the Keystone Resort in Keystone Colorado http://www.keystoneresort.com. Early registration expires September 10th and the block of rooms in Keystone will expire September 6th.

The objective of Tailings and Mine Waste ’14 is to provide a forum for presenting the state-of-the-art with respect to mill tailings and mine waste current practice, and to discuss current and future issues facing the mining and environmental communities.

You may register on-line at:

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Colorado State University, Department of Geosciences Seminar Schedule

Schedule posted at: http://warnercnr.colostate.edu/geo-news-and-events/department-seminars . Seminars are located in Room 320, Warner College of Natural Resources (NR) Building on Friday afternoons, and will begin at 4:00 p.m. (alternative dates/times/locations may occasionally be noted). Questions? Please call (970) 491-5661.

September 26. Lang Farmer, University of Colorado-Boulder.”Deep Crustal Anatexis, Magma Mixing and the Generation of Oligocene, Epizonal Plutons in the Southern Rocky Mountains.”

October 3. Gregory Ojakangas, Drury University. “Do Precambrian stromatolites hold clues to continent orientation and the dynamics of the ancient Earth-Moon system?” Modeling and Measuring the Morphology of Fossil Algal Structures .”

October 10. Anjana Shaw, U.S. Geological Survey. “Subsurface Geological Features Associated with the 2011 Mw5.8 Central Virginia Earthquake Revealed by Magnetic, Gravity, and Radiometric Surveys.”

October 17. Michael Gooseff, CSU Civil and Environmental Engineering. “Permafrost Degradation in Polar Landscapes - Impacts and Consequences to Earth Systems.”

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University of Colorado Benson Earth Sciences Colloquium Schedule

Schedule posted at: http://www.colorado.edu/geolsci/colloquium.htm. All talks are held in the Benson Earth Sciences Auditorium (180) every Wednesday at 4:00 pm unless otherwise noted. **Refreshments are served at 3:30 on the 3rd floor**

September 24. Neil Williams, Geosciences Australia - SEG Distinguished Lecture. “Deep Mineral Exploration-The Next Economic Geology Frontier.”

October 1. Pete Stark. ” IHS Resources, “Future Global energy predictions.”

October 8. Jamie Kirkpatrick, CSU. “Fault zone geometry and mechanics from ground based LiDAR and other profiling tools.”

October 15. Melanie Barboni, UCLA. “TIMS U-Pb work on dating K-feldspar porphyroblast in pluton to determine their growth rate, and thus the growth history of a pluton.”

October 22. No Colloquium - GSA Annual Meeting

November 5. Craig Jones, CU-Boulder. “Significance of the Sierran Orogen.”

November 12. Rebecca Kuglitsch / Katie Lage, CU-Boulder. “Managing the Impact of your Research, Authors Rights, and Access to Scholarship.”

November 19. Dustin Trail, University of Rochester. “Tracking the oxidation state of Earth’s mantle through time.”.

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Hydrofracturing Wastewater Reuse Webinar

U.S. oil and natural gas producers who use hydraulic fracturing are discovering the untapped potential of wastewater reuse.

While reuse currently accounts for less than 1% of the 21 billion barrels of wastewater managed by U.S. oil and gas producers each year, the trend is rapidly growing in favor of reuse. In fact, reports show 87% reuse in the Marcellus formation..

This trend is fueled by the growing number of challenges and limited options associated with properly treating and disposing of hydrofracturing wastewater. Irrigation, livestock watering, and various industrial applications are an unattractive option due to the strict regulations and high treatment costs.

Treated hydraulic fracturing effluent discharged into surface water is not a realistic option due to the questionable ability to cost-effectively meet regulations, the extremely high treatment costs, and negative public sentiment. Reuse allows producers to reduce water management costs, lower treatment costs, lessen regulatory burdens, and conserve natural resources.

Sign up for this informative one-hour on-demand webinar on "Hydrofracturing Wastewater: How We Produce It, and How We Can Use It", by Dr. Barry Stevens, in which he will investigate both the challenges presented by wastewater reuse in the hydraulic fracturing process.

Highlights of 60 min Session:

  • Issues regarding terminology of : flowback water, produced water, reuse and recycling
  • Challenges
  • Hydro-fracturing
  • Water management
  • Water pathway
  • Beneficial and non-beneficial use of wastewater
  • Market drivers
  • Cost analysis
  • Federal, state and local regulations

If interested, you can directly register at http://www.audiosolutionz.com/energy-amp-environment/hydraulic-fracturing.html?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=marco_300414&utm_campaign='EEGY0D0M

Got people to train? Call 800-458-2965 for special pricing on multiple attendee registration.

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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 (reservations@dwls.spwla.org ), 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

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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!

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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 lufk3@comcast.net .

Table of Contents

1.0 INTRODUCTION       1
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
REFERENCES       114
GLOSSARY       120

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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 .

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Denver Mining Club Schedule


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. (+/-)

September 22.--Ed Rapp, Geologist (ret.). Historic Mine Reclamation in the Clear Creek Watershed.

September 29.¬Dick and Mary Beach, Itinerant Travelers. Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice. . .and Tomatoes?

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.

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USGS TopoView

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.
Please see:

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!.

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Job Board



This is a full-time, career service position, located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Replacing Chris DuRoss who resigned. Requisition #02264.

CLOSES: 10/06/2014. ***THIS IS A PUBLIC RECRUITMENT*** To view and/or apply for this job announcement, go to http://statejobs.utah.gov/jobseeker/ , click on Job Search, then Job Listings.

If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please call the Human Resource Office at 801-538-7425.

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Kansas Geological Survey

Position: Outreach Coordinator (00008422)
Official University Title: Program Assistant

Starting Date: Position available November 17, 2014; exact start date negotiable.
Application Deadline: First consideration will be given to applications received by September 15, 2014.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Salary, Employment Status, and Fringe Benefits: Starting salary range is $55,000 - $75,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Full-time position with 12-month appointment to unclassified professional staff at the University of Kansas, subject to six-month probationary period and annual review. Benefits include university staff privileges; 22 days of vacation leave, 12 days sick leave, and 9 holidays annually; group medical/dental/vision, life insurance, and retirement program options.

Position Overview: Coordinate the Outreach program, which furthers the mission of the Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) by developing materials, projects, and services that communicate information about the geology of Kansas, the state's natural resources, and the products of the KGS to the people of the state.

Responsibilities and percent of time devoted to each
(40%) Coordinate the KGS's annual Kansas Field Conference for legislators, agency personnel, business leaders, and others. Duties include developing ideas, issues, and site visits related to the state's natural resources; working with agencies and organizations that co-sponsor the Conference; contacting presenters; coordinating logistics; and leading the conference.
(10%) Track and provide legislative updates to keep KGS personnel apprised of legislation and committee activities that may pertain to KGS programs, activities, or personnel. Attend legislative hearings and represent the KGS as appropriate.
(25%) Assist KGS personnel with dissemination of research results in non- or semi-technical terminology and format the information for consumption by legislators, State and University officials, educators, and the general public.
(25%) Other duties that support the Outreach and Public Service program including developing non-technical and semi-technical reports, circulars, and other materials about the state's geology, natural resources, and related issues; public presentations, seminars, workshops, and field trips; representing the KGS in public forums as appropriate; and answering inquiries related to the geology and natural resources of Kansas.

Qualifications will be evaluated by the content and quality of the written application materials. Oral communication skills will be evaluated by an interview and by reference checks.
Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in the geosciences; or bachelor's degree in another field and significant coursework or work experience related to the geosciences.
  • Demonstrated oral communication skills, including experience in public speaking.
  • Demonstrated experience in writing for publication or unpublished nontechnical or semi-technical reports.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills.
  • At least two years of experience communicating scientific information to a nontechnical audience.

Position Requirement

  • Kansas driver's license required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree or substantial experience in a geoscience field (particularly geology).
  • Knowledge about natural-resource issues, particularly those related to Kansas.
  • Knowledge of Kansas geography and geology.
  • Experience coordinating group events.
  • Broad background in the natural sciences.
  • Experience communicating with state legislators and other high-level decision makers.
  • At least two years of professional work experience applying and communicating scientific information.

Application Procedure
Apply online at https://employment.ku.edu/staff/1671BR . Complete the University of Kansas Unclassified Professional Staff Application, attach (upload):
Cover letter addressing each required and preferred qualification.
Contact information for three professional references.
A complete application will consist of all items above; incomplete applications will not be considered.
Priority application deadline is Monday, September 15, 2014.
Review of applications begins on September 16, 2014. Posting will remain open until a qualified applicant pool has been identified.

Application inquiries:
Annette Delaney, Kansas Geological Survey
Phone: (785) 864-2152 Fax: (785) 864-5317
Email: hr@kgs.ku.edu

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BLM - Mining Engineer/Geologist

Mining Engineer/Geologist (Interdisciplinary) GS-0880/1350, GS-09/11
Announcement No: NV-DEU-2014-0167
Opens: 09/10/2014 - Closes: 09/24/2014
Location: Winnemucca, Nevada
Promotion Potential: GS-11
Relocation Expenses: Not Authorized
Who May Be Considered: All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
To apply, please visit the website address: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/380647300

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BLM - Geologist

Geologist, GS-1350-07/09/11
Announcement No: NV-DEU-2014-0169
Opens: 09/12/2014 - Closes: 09/26/2014
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Promotion Potential: GS-11
Relocation Expenses: Not Authorized
Who May Be Considered: All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
To apply, please visit the website address: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/380863100

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Deputy Director - Arizona Geological Survey

The Arizona Geological Survey (www.azgs.az.gov), an independent state agency reporting directly to the Governor, seeks to hire a Deputy Director at its headquarters in Tucson, Arizona, with strong team-building, leadership, management, and communication skills and the ability to design, implement, and manage complex, multidisciplinary scientific programs in support of agency and state needs. The agency has never had a Deputy Director position, but increased demands to manage the growing staff, carry out the portfolio of large complex projects, and seek state and grant funding, require establishment of the position.

Job Summary
Acts in a senior capacity to manage the internal operations of the agency that are necessary to carry out its programs and activities. Assists the Director and Section Chiefs in developing the agency's programs, maintain scientific and technical proficiency of staff members and the agency, helps construct and implement the agency's annual work plans and priorities based on available resources, allocates agency human and fiscal resources, and responds to requests and inquiries from the Governor, Legislature, local, state, and federal agencies, business and industry, news media, professional organizations, and the public. Supervises the agency's Section Chiefs. Acts on behalf of department director in the Director´s absence; represents the agency with its stakeholders, clients, and partners. Carries out geoscience projects in the incumbents area of scientific expertise or as needed.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Degree in Geological or Earth Sciences or closely related field, and at least 5 years of experience in the management of scientific programs; advanced degree encouraged
  • Managerial experience overseeing complex projects involving teams of geologists, computer and information scientists, and other professionals and support staff with diverse educational and work experience backgrounds

Position Type:
Permanent position, E1, in Arizona State Government, salary range, $51,499 - $97,335.
The State of Arizona offers a comprehensive benefits package that can be effective within the first two weeks of your employment that includes affordable health, dental and vision insurance, accrued vacation and sick leave, 10 holidays per year; long-term disability; retirement plan; and life insurance. Optional employee benefits include deferred compensation, short-term disability, flexible spending account for medical/dependent care expenses and supplemental life insurance.
We also offer free covered garage parking, Tuition Reimbursement and Public Transit Discounts.
Position is located in Tucson.

How to Apply:
Fill out an application at: https://azstatejobs.azdoa.gov/ltmprod/xmlhttp/shorturl.do?key=KG2 or applications may be sent in the form of a resume and cover letter to resumes@azgs.az.gov . Please include “Deputy Director” in your subject line to distinguish your application from other recruitments currently open. First review of applicants will take place September 20, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. All newly hired employees will be subject to the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program.

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New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources - HYDROGEOLOGIST

STARTING RATE or SALARY RANGE: $45,000 - $58,000
Employees being promoted to a higher classified position receive the minimum for the position or a pay rate adjustment of 8% whichever is greater.

NEW MEXICO INSTITUTE OF MINING AND TECHNOLOGY invites applications for a research position in hydrogeology with the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (NMBGMR). The Bureau, a research and service division of New Mexico Tech, functions as the state geological survey with a staff of approximately 30 earth science professionals. The successful applicant will work directly with the Aquifer Mapping Program team to lead hydrogeologic research projects, working with other hydrologists, geologist, support staff, and students.

Applicant must meet a minimum requirement of an M.S. degree in hydrology, geology, hydrogeology, or a closely related earth-science field. Applicants with a Ph.D. in same disciplines are also encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to applicants with 3+ years of professional experience in these fields. Required qualifications include a quantitative hydrogeology background, experience in the interpretation of hydrologic, geochemical, or geophysical data at a regional or basin scale, and experience with reporting and presenting results to technical and non-technical audiences. It is also required that applicant is able to work well with other researchers, support staff, government agencies, tribes, and the public. Strong proficiency in quantitative hydrogeology models, and/or shallow geophysics techniques, and/or remote sensing/satellite technologies is desired. Significant knowledge relevant to New Mexico geology and hydrogeology is also desired.

The successful candidate will work closely with geologists and hydrogeologists at NMBGMR and will also have the opportunity to interact with New Mexico Techs nationally recognized hydrology program. The primary job function is to design, lead, perform and publish regional-scale hydrogeologic research within Aquifer Mapping Program. The position will involve analysis, interpretation and reporting of hydrologic, geochemical, geologic, and geophysical data for regional hydrogeologic studies. The position includes full benefits from New Mexico Tech, which include retirement plans, health insurance, and life insurance.

Interested applicants should submit an application and cover letter that specifically addresses academic background and work experience related to this position description. Also include resume, transcripts, a writing sample, and three letters of professional reference (including email address and phone) to:

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
801 Leroy Pl.
Human Resources
Brown Hall Room 118
Box 094
Socorro, NM 87801

Incomplete applications will not be considered. For full consideration application deadline is September 30, 2014, but will remain open until the position is filled.
Visit Techs web page at http://www.nmt.edu/ .
E-mail applications are NOT accepted

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Geologists Needed

We are looking for Geologists with field and soils classification experience for this 4-5 month project. The pay is anywhere from $25-30/hr depending on experience. The schedule is 6 days on 1 off working 10-12 hours/day so the opportunity to earn Overtime and Double time also exists.

Ideal candidates will have experience working with rigs, drilling techniques, and most importantly experience with soils classifications and analysis according to ASTM standards.

We have had Geologists come up from Riverside, the Central Coast, and even Las Vegas for the project as the cost of living in Yuba City is very affordable.

Patrick Rickards
Recruiter, Aerotek
Environmental, Construction, Architecture, & Engineering
3101 Zinfandel Drive, Suite 350
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

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Geologists/Geotechnical Engineers Needed

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.

Julie Page
Staffing Services Coordinator
Phone: 801-285-7643; Toll free: 1-888-685-3530:
Workforce & HR Solutions
Visit TPD.com to learn more.

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MSHA Safety Director

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

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GIS Specialist — Reno, Nevada

Enviroscientists, Inc.

Skills required:
Skills required:
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 info@enviroincus.com .

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Senior Exploration Geologist-Colorado

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

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Career Opportunity - Senior Geologist/Engineer

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.

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Historic River Basin Report Released by the USGS (01/31/13)

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:

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Beneath the Living Room Couch (09/19/12)

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

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MSHA and OSHA Training (11/16/10)

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
303-238-5335; 303-238-5337

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Geothermal Energy Website (11/16/10)

For those interested in geothermal energy in Colorado, here is a website of interest:


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101 Things to do with a Hole in the Ground (09/09/09)

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:

Georgina Pearman
Post-Mining Alliance
Eden Project
PL24 2SG

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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
DPA Past-President

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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 (aipg@aipg.org). 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.

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American Institute of Professional Geologists
Colorado Section

2013-14 Scholarship Awards
Rex Monahan Scholarship Fund
April 12, 2013

Up to $500 Available to Undergraduate or Graduate Geology Students


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.


Colorado Section Student Application (pdf) - 4/13


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.

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Scholarship Fund

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
Thank You!

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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

David Abbott
2266 Forest St.
Denver, CO 80207
Work: (303) 394-0321

President Elect
David Glater
CTL/Thompson, Inc.
2598 S. Xenophon Street
Lakewood, CO 80228
Work: (303) 825-0777

Vice President

Susan Wager
PO Box 260965
Lakewood, CO 80226
Work: (303) 726-6431

Dick Nielsen
13741 Braun Dr.
Golden, CO 80401
Work: (303) 279-3118

Doug Peters
825 Raptor Point Road
Golden, CO 80403
Work: (303) 278-1540

Advisory Board Representative

Logan MacMillan
5733 W Hoover Ave
Littleton, CO 80123
Work: (303) 241-2572

Tom Van Arsdale
1436 Jasmine Street
Denver, CO 80220
(901) 268-3323

Jack Denman
1842 Clarkson Street
Denver, CO 80218
Work: (303) 830-1188

Reg. & Leg. Committee
Larry Cerillo
12640 W. Cedar Dr.
Lakewood, CO 80228
Work: (303) 674-6484

Doug Peters
825 Raptor Point Road
Golden, CO 80403
Work: (303) 278-1540

Government Relations
Betsy Murray
(303) 478-1207

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of practicing geologists and to advocate on behalf of the profession.

AIPG represents the professional interests of all practicing geoscientists in every discipline.
It's advocacy & efforts are focused on the promotion of the role of geology and geologists in society.