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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 - September 2014
GeoEvents (12/17/14) Why Supply Chain Matters Short Course (1/8/15)
NEW MEXICO GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL SPRING MEETING (1/8/15) Four Corners Geological Society January Meeting (1/8/15)
Stormwater Permitting for Oil & Gas: Best Practices (1/8/15) Denver Museum of Nature and Science (1/6/15)
Denver Mining Club Schedule (12/24/14) Fundamentals of Upstream Operations (12/24/14)
New Colorado State Geologist (12/17/14) Seismic Hazard Summit (12/17/14)
Task Force Comments - Hearings (12/17/14) Basic Well Log Interpretation (12/9/14)
2 Articles on Colo. Geology (10/16/14) SAGEEP 2015 (10/9/14)
21st Annual 3D Seismic Symposium (10/6/14) RFP for Placer Gold Mining Project (9/17/14)
Hydrofracturing Wastewater Reuse Webinar (8/25/14) USGS TopoView (05/13/13)

Job Board

AIPG Job Board
Mountaineer Keystone - Job Openings (1/6/15) Senior Geologist Position - Idaho Geological Survey (12/17/14)
Wisconsin Director and State Geologist (12/9/14) Klondex Mines Employment Opportunities (12/01/14)
Geoscientist National Parks, National Forests, and BLM Lands (11/23/14) Field Technician, Moab (10/30/14)
PA Geologic Survey Bureau - Director (10/30/14) S&H Job - TonaTec Exploration (10/30/14)
Coal Mining Positions - Asia (10/16/14) Job Opening with Geophysics Company (10/9/14)
Chief Geochemist (10/9/14) Humboldt State, Arcata, CA - Job Openings (10/6/14)
Maryland Geological Survey (9/25/14) Staff / Entry Level Geologists and Engineering Geologists (9/25/14)
Oregon Jobs (9/25/14) Jobs in Reno (9/25/14)
Deputy Director - Arizona Geological Survey (9/5/14) Geologists Needed (8/25/14)
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)

Several schools and organizations are seeking science fair judges in the coming months. Please consider volunteering to be a judge at any of these for which you are able, and please reply or register as per the information below.

Jan. 24, 2015, DPS District Science Fair (at Denver Zoo), 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Several students from the 2013-2014 Denver Public Schools' Science Fairs placed very highly in the Metro and State Science Fairs. Our students benefit from your encouragement of their continued interest in science.

Thank you, Debbie Turner, Project Manager, 720-424-2300, debbie_turner@dpsk12.org If you can volunteer to be a judge at one of these science fairs, please contact Debbie.

February 25: If you enjoy helping young scientists develop their interest and skills, please consider volunteering to judge at the 2015 Denver Metropolitan Regional Science & Engineering Fair. Judging will be Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 10:00 am-5:00 pm at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Lunch will be provided.
To learn more about the fair and to register as a judge, please visit our website at http://denversciencefair.com/ . Registering online puts you in our confirmed judge database and we will be expecting you at the fair, so please let us know if you register and later learn you cannot attend.
Specifics about 2015 judging guidelines will be emailed to you about a week before the fair. For more information on judging contact Meredith at meredith.tennis@ucdenver.edu .
Additional science fair volunteer opportunities:
Display and Safety Judges- Help assess project displays for adherence to science fair guidelines before they are judged. Time is approximately 8-10am on Feb. 25th. Contact coordinator Zach Richards through the science fair at scifair@centralcoahec.org for more information or sign up on the website.
Scientific Review Committee- The SRC is made up of professionals knowledgeable about research regulations. The SRC reviews all projects at the Denver Metro Regional Science and Engineering Fair prior to competition using the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) rules and regulations. Committee members must review research plans and all required forms to make sure ISEF rules are followed. A member on the SRC volunteers roughly 20 hours of their time to the DMRSEF SRC.
Required for SRC volunteers: Training day: Monday January 26, 2015 from 2-3:30PM. Review paperwork: Feb 2-13 2015 (Will set the date for everyone to come together after we have our training).
Optional for SRC volunteers:
Science Fair: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 8:00-10:30am at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. A few SRC members needed for interviewing some projects (e.g., use of alcohol, use of tobacco, use of firearms, etc.) before judging begins.
Contact fair director Jennifer Hellier for more information or to sign up for the SRC committee. jennifer.hellier@ucdenver.edu .

April 9, 2015: The 60th Colorado Science and Engineering Fair, at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. We Need You! This year celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the CSEF and now that the Lory Student Center remodel is complete, there will be 100 more projects than in the past. Please register as soon as possible to judge at the 2015 CSEF on Thursday, April 9, 2015 and recruit your friends to register as well! We need: *Scientists, *Engineers, *Educators, *Physicians, *Veterinarians, *Nurses, *Psychologists, *Other Professionals, *Retirees, *Graduate Students from the fields of science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, medicine, physics, etc. to help select the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Place, and Honorable Mention winners from the 2 divisions and 12 categories. The awards given are based upon the CSEF Grand Awards Policy. Saturday, February 28, 2015 is the Sign-up deadline for Grand Awards Judging either by mail or online. Register online at http://www.csef.colostate.edu/Judges.htm

Next seminar: Jan. 20, Megatsunami triggered by giant flank collapse of Fogo volcano, Cape Verde archipelago, by Ricardo Ramalho, Lamont-Doherty Columbia Univ. Please email me and I'll send you the complete USGS Seminar schedule for winter-spring 2015.

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Why Supply Chain Matters: Cost Management in the Oil & Gas Business

February 25-26, 2015
Denver Marriott City Center,
Denver, CO

Companies have realized that their supply chain is more than the cost of getting products into the hands of their customers. Rising operating costs along with price volatility have forced energy companies to examine their cost management. This course will explore the concept of least total cost using a LEAN business process approach and lean management for supply chain best practices.

Energy companies face internal pressure to do more with less. The focus will be on identifying and reducing activities that add low/no value and to increase those that do add value. Attendees will explore how planning impacts the overall cost of execution. The various elements of a supply chain will be broken down and the linkages that enhance and/or impede value will be addressed. A simulation exercise will be utilized to create working models of oil & gas supply chains. Improvement cycles designed by the groups during the simulation exercises will demonstrate the potential gains that are being left behind using traditional business practices.

To register or get more info, go to

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Macey Center,
NM Tech Campus,
Socorro, NM.
April 24th.

Theme: Paleoclimate: Is the Past a Key to the Future?.

Abstract deadline April 19th.
More information at https://nmgs.nmt.edu/meeting/home.cfm .

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Four Corners Geological Society January Meeting

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Fort Lewis College,
Student Union Building (North),
Colorado Room, 2nd floor (room 211)
Social starts at 5:30 am, dinner at 6:00pm,
speaker at 7:00pm

Topic: Why Would Anyone (Let Alone a Terrorist Entity) Want Mosul Dam?
Speaker: Lillian D. Wakeley, M.S., D.Ed., RPG. Consulting geologist and former engineering and environmental geologist for the Corps of Engineers

Mosul Dam, near Mosul, Iraq, was constructed during the 1980s on a structurally challenging foundation of limestone, marl, and gypsum. Although the dam site was chosen for reasons of political power rather than geologic or engineering suitability, much of the water supply and power grids of Iraq now depend on the Mosul Dam reservoir. Since the first day water pooled behind the dam, its engineering staff has pumped grout 24/7 to maintain dam stability, filling the voids created as soluble minerals dissolve from its founda-tion. In 2006-07, our research team created a 3D model of Mosul Dam and its foundation revealing that the dissolution front under the dam is moving as grouting under one dam segment activates dissolution under adjacent segments. Locations of sinkholes and migra-tion of the dissolution front are triggered by complex interrelationships among regional dip to the southeast, a plunging anticline at the west end of the dam, and the presence of the reservoir supplying water under-saturated with the most soluble minerals in the dam foun-dation. The Dam was in the news again in summer 2014 as the Islamic State captured and held it just long enough to renew international concern about its stability or potential cata-strophic failure.

COST: $20.00/person w/dinner (Students Free); $2/person talk only.
RSVP: By noon on Tuesday, January 20th to Gary Gianniny, (970) 247-7254, or Gianniny_g@fortlewis.edu by January 20th at 5pm.

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Stormwater Permitting for Oil & Gas: Best Practices in Colorado

January 21, 2015
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time

This webinar will provide an introduction to stormwater permits. Attendees will learn how to determine when a stormwater permit is needed, evaluate how long a stormwater permit must be maintained, and examine permit requirements. Our expert instructor will discuss permitting best practices as well as potential violations. The instructor will highlight what regulators look for in stormwater permits so that oil & gas companies can avoid fines and lengthy delays.

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Denver Museum of Nature and Science

2015 Earth Sciences Colloquium
--All talks are from 3-4 pm in the VIP room-

I'm writing to let you know about a new paleo-rich colloquium series (details below and attached), and to invite you to attend or participate.

All are welcome at the talks, and no museum admission is required to get to the VIP room (its located to the left of the TRex Café). If there are speakers that you want to meet with while they're in town, please just give me a shout so we can budget time for them to meet with you.

James W. Hagadorn, Ph.D.
Tim & Kathryn Ryan Curator of Geology
Department of Earth Sciences
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO 80205
phone: (303) 370 - 6058

Feb 3, Craig Jones, U. of Colorado, "Making the Rockies by drowning Colorado", DMNS Host: I. Miller

Mar 12, David Krause, SUNY Stonybrook, "Bizarre and marvelous dinosaurs and other vertebrates of Madagascar: Insights into the southern end of the world", DMNS Host: J. Sertich

Mar 17, Catherine Sartin, Johns Hopkins, "A slice of prehistory: Histological Insights into how Iguanodontian dinosaurs grow", DMNS Host: J. Sertich

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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. (+/-)

January 19. Dr. Priscilla Nelson, Professor & Head, Dept. Mining Engineering, CSM. “Infrastructure in Major Cities.”

January 26. Rex Bryan, Tetra Tech, Inc. “History and Impact of the Bre-X Scandal 18 Years Ago.”

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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Fundamentals of Upstream Operations

March 4-5, 2015
Denver, CO

This training course will provide a thorough overview of upstream operations in the oil and gas industry. The curriculum will cover topics such as: history of exploration and production, geology, drilling operations, and surface equipment. An introduction to technical content will also cover producing a well, oil stimulation and enhanced recovery, and the basics of reservoir engineering. Participants will enjoy hands-on experience through a variety of exercises, with the opportunity to exchange views with a diverse group of industry peers.

Topics Include:

  • Exploration and geology: where oil is found, subsurface formation structure, types of oil/gas reservoirs, seismic surveys
  • Drilling operations: types of drilling rigs, horizontal and highly deviated wells, well logging, coring, and drill stem testing, casing and cementing
  • Producing a well: gas wells, free flow oil wells, pumping units, electrical submersible pumps, gas and hydraulic lifts, progressive cavity pumps
  • Stimulation, waterflooding, and enhanced recovery: acidizing, fracturing, waterflooding, cyclic steaming and steamflooding, fireflooding, CO2 and chemical flooding
  • Unconventional Reservoirs: Shale characteristics, seveloping shale reservoirs, well completion strategies
  • Reservoir engineering: types and properties of oilfields, determining amount of oil, predicting production rates, financial importance of proved reserves
  • Surface operations: oil, gas, water separation, water treating, well testing, gas plants, shipping and pipeline
  • Economics: Economic parameters, project variables, probabilistic economics

To register or for more info, see http://www.euci.com/events/index.php?ci=2486&p=8298#20790t563262Sm01091

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New Colorado State Geologist

Berry named State Geologist, Colorado Geological Survey Director GOLDEN, Colo., Nov. 4, 2014 – Karen Berry has been appointed as Colorado State Geologist and Colorado Geological Survey Director.

Berry has served as interim director of the Colorado Geological Survey (CGS) since 2013. CGS joined Colorado School of Mines that year after the state of Colorado transferred CGS to the university. CGS is located on the Mines campus at 1801 19th St., in Golden.
“Karen’s experience and leadership were instrumental in ensuring the successful transition of the Colorado Geological Survey to Mines,” said Mines President Bill Scoggins. “I am confident that with Karen at the helm, CGS will continue to achieve even greater levels of excellence."

Berry has worked for CGS since 1999 where she has held positions including engineering geologist, land use program manager and deputy director.

“Together, Colorado School of Mines and the Colorado Geological Survey have provided more than two centuries of service to Colorado. I look forward to strengthening the partnership between Mines and CGS for the benefit of the state and earth resources education and research,” Berry said.

Prior to her time with CGS, Berry worked as an exploration geologist for Petro Lewis in Texas, engineering geologist for CRS Sirrine in Arizona, geotechnical reclamation specialist for the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board and county geologist for Jefferson County.

Berry is a Professional Geologist in Colorado and Wyoming; a certified Professional in Storm Water Quality and a certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control by EnviroCert International; and a Certified Planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners, American Planning Association.

She serves on number of boards and commissions including the Colorado Advisory Committee, National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program, Western States Seismic Policy Council and Jefferson Conservation District.

Berry earned her bachelor’s degree in geological engineering from Mines in 1982. She has completed graduate courses in geotechnical engineering at the University of Colorado-Denver as well as coursework in Geographic Information Systems from Metropolitan State University of Denver.

To register or for more info, go to
Karen Gilbert, Director of Public Relations, Colorado School of Mines /
303-273-3541 / kgilbert@mines.edu

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Seismic Hazard Summit

Basin and Range Province Seismic Hazard Summit III
January 12-17, 2015
Utah Department of Natural Resources Building, Auditorium
Salt Lake City, Utah

The Utah Geological Survey and Western States Seismic Policy Council, in conjunction with the Utah Division of Emergency Management, the Utah Professional Geologists Licensing Board, the Utah Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors Licensing Board, the U. S. Geological Survey, the Intermountain Section of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists, the University of Utah Seismograph Stations, and the Utah Seismic Safety Commission are convening a third Basin and Range Province Seismic Hazard Summit (BRPSHSIII) January 12-17, 2015, at the Utah Department of Natural Resources Building in Salt Lake City, Utah. More than 40 invited experts will present on topics ranging from issues related to earthquake magnitudes, earthquake ground motions, and fault segmentation in the Basin and Range Province to using geodesy to characterize seismic hazard, earthquake engineering and risk mitigation, and emergency-management and public-policy issues.

The topics to be covered in the BRPSHSIII technical sessions, and the training provided by the accompanying short course, workshop, and field trip are directly applicable to geologists, seismologists, and engineers performing seismic-hazard investigations and research throughout the Basin and Range Province.

The direct link to the BRPSHSIII webpage for additional Summit details is
http://geology.utah.gov/ghp/workgroups/brpshs.htm with registration at http://brpshs.eventbrite.com .

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Task Force Comments - Hearings

A comment is all it takes

The Colorado Oil and Gas Task Force is hosting a series of hearings to develop energy policy recommendations to provide the state legislature. It’s critical that the Task Force develop balanced, sensible recommendations based on a solid understanding of Colorado energy development, its track record of safety, and its positive economic impact on our state.

This is where you can help! Coloradans are invited to submit comments for Task Force members to consider as they develop energy policy recommendations.

It’s easy to send your comments (http://energycitizens.org/ec/advocacy/composeletters.aspx?AlertID=3796 )
straight from the Energy Citizens Action Center.

Colorado energy development is already tightly regulated. Please share your views with the Task Force. They need to hear from Coloradans like you how energy development is helping our state.

Thank you for taking a stand!
Colorado Energy Citizens Coordinator

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Basic Well Log Interpretation

PTTC Rockies
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 8:30 AM - Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 5:00 PM
(MST) Colorado School of Mines
1600 Maple Street, Ben Parker Student Center - Ballroom A,
Golden, CO 80401

Synopsis: The course assumes no logging knowledge, and seeks to establish an understanding of basic petrophysical measurements and interpretation techniques which can be applied to routine tasks, and upon which more complex and advanced information and techniques can be built.

The course:

  • Offers a "hands-on" approach to basic openhole well log analysis and interpretation.
  • Focuses on the traditional interpretation targets of lithology, porosity, and fluid saturation.
  • Introduces a variety of interpretation techniques in the context of the availability of newer, more extensive, data
  • Is organized by the targets, or goals of the measurements, rather than by the physics of the measurements.

The course strives to provide a strong and coherent foundation for the understanding of other, specialized interpretation techniques involving well log data, which are not covered here.

Course topics include:

  • An overview of petrophysical well log data acquisition
  • Description of correlation/lithology, porosity, and resistivity logs
  • Determination of lithology, porosity, and fluid saturation from logs
  • Interpretive techniques using logs individually and in combination
  • Interpretation exercises to reinforce the interpretation methods discussed

To register or for more info, go to

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2 Articles on Colo. Geology

Basement-hosted sandstone injectites of Colorado: A vestige of the Neoproterozoic revealed through detrital zircon provenance analysis Christine Smith Siddoway and George E. Gehrels.

Abstract available at

Full article available at

New insights into debris-flow hazards from an extraordinary event in the Colorado Front Range Jeffrey A. Coe, Jason W. Kean, Jonathan W. Godt, Rex L. Baum, Eric S. Jones, David J. Gochis, and Gregory S. Anderson

Full article available at

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Austin, Texas
March 22-26, 2015

Call for Abstracts - Online Submission Site Open
Key Submission Dates
Oct. 17, 2014 - Deadline for Initial Short and Extended Abstracts
Nov. 20, 2014 - Notice of Abstract Acceptance, Suggested Revisions or Rejection
Jan. 19, 2015 - Deadline for Final Abstracts and Optional Extended Abstracts

The Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems (SAGEEP) provides geophysicists, engineers, geoscientists and end-users from around the world an opportunity to meet over a 5-day period to discuss nearsurface applications of geophysics and learn about recent developments

Special Sessions
Over 200 Talks & Posters
Equipment Demonstrations
Proceedings CD
Commercial Exhibition Shor t Courses & Workshops
Keynotes on Climate Change, Water & Archeology
Field Trip to Austin Geologic & Engineering Wonders
Off-site Events Including a Texas Roundup & BBQ, Downtown Conference Evening, & Student Social

Keep Up to Date with SAGEEP! Send an email to General Chair Jeff (jeff.paine@beg.utexas.edu ) if you would like to be on an informal email list and receive developing information. Suggest Short Course and Workshop ideas to Short Course Chair Bill Doll (dollw@battelle.org ).

General Chair: Jeff Paine jeff.paine@beg.utexas.edu
Technical Chair: Brad Carr bcarr1@uwyo.edu

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21st Annual 3D Seismic Symposium

Presented by The Denver Geophysical Society & The Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists
Thursday, February 05, 2015
Colorado Convention Center
700 14th St.
Denver, CO 80202

The 3D Seismic Symposium provides case histories for geophysicists, geologists, landmen and engineers who seek to stay abreast of new 3D technology as applied to petroleum exploration and development.

We are currently soliciting for Speakers and Presentations! Download the Speaker Commitment Form for more information.

Registration, Exhibitor Booths, and Sponsorship will be available from October 1st through January 21st. If you are interested in becoming a Sponsor or purchasing an Exhibitor Booth, please email office@denvergeo.org to be added to the first contact list.

For more information or to register, go to

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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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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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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

Job Openings - Mountaineer Keystone

Mountaineer Keystone in Western Penssylvania is looking to fill two positions. Below are links to the posted positions:

Operations Geologist I :

GIS Analyst :

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Field Technician, Moab

We are looking for a part-time Field Technician to support a variety of construction and environmental compliance activities related to an exploration drilling program in the Moab area. Responsibilities will include direction, oversight, and verification of construction for access roads, drill pads, and storm-water pollution prevention measures; assistance with cost-tracking and reporting; and coordination with suppliers and contractors.

We anticipate an average workload of 20-30 hours per week, though this will vary depending upon actual construction activity. Technician will report to, and coordinate responsibilities and schedule with on-site Owners Representative.

Minimum Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have at least two years of construction-related experience, including work with excavation, grading, and reclamation. We are looking for someone who is dependable, who takes pride in their work, and who works well as part of a team. Candidates must have strong communication skills (verbal and written), good organizational skills, and the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously. College degree preferred.

The Field Technician must have a clean driving record, reliable transportation with the ability to drive on dirt/gravel/muddy roads, a cellular phone, and safety boots. Technician will be reimbursed for mileage, use of personal cell phone, and other approved project-related expenses. Forsgren will provide safety equipment and training (as required), a work space, and access to a computer, as needed.

About Forsgren
Forsgren Associates is a full-service Civil Engineering and Environmental Consulting firm. We provide planning, permitting, engineering, and construction services for industry, utilities, and municipalities in the development of infrastructure for natural resources, water, wastewater, transportation, and development projects. We serve clients across the western U.S. with 140 employees in 12 offices.

We offer competitive pay, rewarding work, and opportunities for professional growth. We respect the personal needs of our employees, and actively promote a healthy balance between your work life and your personal life. We empower our people to succeed, and reward them for their success. To learn more about Forsgren, please visit our web page: www.forsgren.com

If you would like to explore this opportunity further, please send an email with “Field Technician, Moab” as the subject, and including a letter of introduction and resume to: succeed@forsgren.com

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PA Geologic Survey Bureau - Director

Director, Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)

Full-time, senior management service position serving as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvanias State Geologist responsible for directing DCNRs statewide program of collecting, preserving and disseminating impartial information on the Commonwealths geology, geologic resources, and topography in order to contribute to the understanding and conservation of its land and its associated resources. This position will actively engage with both internal DCNR staff and external entities, such as other Commonwealth agencies to encourage, foster, and develop collaborative relationships with stakeholders in state, federal, and international agencies, academic institutions, private industry and the public. This position will also collaborate with other State Geologists in the formulation of national earth science policies, programs and related issues and will develop DCNR and statewide earth science policies and programs.

Salary range is $76,519 to $116,265 with an attractive benefits package.

A Master's degree in geology, hydrogeology, or a related geologic specialty field; and nine years of professional experience in the geologic research field. Four of the nine years of required experience must have included managerial and second-level supervisory experience; or any equivalent combination of education and experience which affords the applicant the required knowledge, skills, and abilities, and includes a minimum of four years of managerial and second-level supervisory experience. A necessary special requirement of this position is licensure as a Professional Geologist by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or a reciprocal jurisdiction, where there can be no exemption from such licensure as defined in Section 5, Exemption from Licensure, of the Engineer, Land Surveyor and Geologist Registration Law (as amended).

The position’s official headquarters are Middletown, PA.
However, the work location of this position will either be in Middletown, PA or Pittsburgh, PA depending on the operational need and geographical location of the selected candidate. If headquartered in Pittsburgh, occasional travel to Middletown will be required.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest with a detailed resume postmarked by COB Tuesday, November 11, 2014, to:

Debbie Gray
The Bureau of Human Resources, Organization Management and Staffing Services Division
PO Box 8768
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8768

Questions can be directed to (717) 705-1082

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TonaTec Exploration - Safety and Health Coordinator

TonaTec Exploration is seeking an experienced Safety and Health coordinator to lead and execute safety initiatives in health, safety, injury prevention and risk mitigation.

Responsibilities include

  • Building of relationships with field crews.
  • Client required interactions, and follow through.
  • Policy development and improvement.
  • Accident investigation, and follow up.
  • Safety training.
  • Safety inspections.
  • Documentation.

To excel in this role you will need

  • Need to be familiar with safety and health in Mining or Drilling industry.
  • Professional communication skills.
  • Knowledge of health and safety statutory requirements, MSHA and OSHA regulations, codes of practice and guidelines, and the ability to apply these to a work environment.
  • Energy, enthusiasm and passion to work as part of a team.
  • To travel regularly to projects throughout the western states.

TonaTec offers competitive pay and benefits.

If you feel you are interested in this position please send a resume to Steve Bills at steve@tonatec.com .

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Two Senior Level Coal Mining Positions - Asia

FIRST POSITION - COO, Large Coal Mining Operation in Asia We are currently working on an overseas position to recruit an accomplished Senior Mining Operations Executive that can manage the commissioning & operations of multiple coal mines. These are large coal mines that will have throughputs anywhere from 10 – 20 million tons annually in multiple locations. Candidate must have held a similar role to qualify for the position.

SECOND POSITION - VP of Coal Mining Operations, Asia We are currently looking for a person with strong Mine Managerial experience for an operating coal mine that produces 15 million tons annually. Candidates must have held a Mine Manager or a Production Manager’s position in a large mine to qualify for this position.

Both positions with a very large conglomerate with global business in the energy & infrastructure including ports totaling over $10 billion in revenues and a market capitalization in excess of $20 billion. The positions are an EXPAT position based in Asia. Excellent COMPENSATION + BONUSES + EXPAT BENEFITS.

Ravi Krishnan
Krishnan & Associates
1516 Bedford Street
Stamford, CT 06905 www.krishnaninc.com
Tel: 203.921.1800; Cell: 203.257.9232
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/ravikrishnan2
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ravi_Krishnan

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Wisconsin Director and State Geologist

We’re seeking a talented individual to lead the Survey. Responsibilities include providing scientific leadership, establishing and implementing programs, identifying sources of extramural funding, and interacting with our stakeholders.

E-mail Bob Zilinski at rezilin@aol.com or call at 303-885-0615 before noon on Dec. 10th, 2014 if you would like to make a reservation.

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Senior Geologist Position - Idaho Geological Survey

The Idaho Geological Survey has a new job opening for a Senior Geologist position at the Moscow office located on the campus of the University of Idaho. Annual salary range for the position is from $44,491.20 - $53,393.60 (depending on experience) and a full benefits package is available to the successful candidate. A complete job description for the position and instructions of how to apply are listed in the link shown below. Minimum qualifications include, but are not limited to a MS in Geology and five years of post-graduate applied geologic work experience. Please pass the information along to qualified geology candidates that may be seeking employment.

https://uidaho.peopleadmin.com/postings/7216 .

Thank your for your time and consideration for this announcement.

GMichael "Ed" Ratchford, Ph.D.
State Geologist & Director
Idaho Geological Survey
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 3014
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3014
Main: 208-885-7991
Direct: 208-885-7993
Email: edratchford@uidaho.edu

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Klondex Mines Employment Opportunities

GKlondex Mines is currently recruiting for a Chief Geologist and two Senior/Project Geologists for our Nevada Underground Operations – Midas and Fire Creek. Below is a summary of the positions:

Chief Geologist – Leads and directs all underground and surface geology activities. Supervises and mentors personnel involved in the design and execution of the exploration, development and mine geology programs. Bachelor Degree in Geology or Geological Engineering and a minimum of 10 years of experience in the mining industry required.

Geologist - Proficient in all aspects of the mine geology work required to safely and efficiently mine, narrow, fissure vein, gold and silver deposits.
Responsibilities include daily underground ore control, geologic and geo-technical core logging, design and execution of underground drilling programs, and geologic mapping and modeling in Vulcan. Bachelor Degree in Geology or related field and a minimum of 3 years of experience in underground mining required.

Interested geologists can send their resumes to careers@klondexmines.com or kkranovich@klondexmines.com .

Kellie Kranovich
HR Manager
3300 Traders Way, Suite C, Winnemucca, NV 89445

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Paid Geoscientist Opportunities on National Parks, National Forests, and BLM Lands

GeoCorps America is a program of the Geological Society of America , in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the National Park Service. The program offers paid short-term geoscience positions in some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world.
GeoCorps project areas include geology, hydrology, paleontology, mapping and GIS, minerals, soils, glaciology, geo-hazards, karst, education, interpretation, and more.

GeoCorps positions are divided into three major categories: Standard "GeoCorps America" positions, "GeoCorps Guest Scientist" positions, and "GeoCorps Diversity Internships" (which include the "GeoCorps American Indian Internships" sub-category). Further information, including links to applications, can be found at http://rock.geosociety.org/g_corps/aboutGC.htm#guestscientistoverview .

GeoCorps Summer 2015 positions will be posted and opened for applications by December 1, 2014. The application deadline will be NOON (Mountain Time) on Tuesday, February 3, 2015

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Job Opening with Geophysics Company

THG Geophysics, Ltd,, an international near-surface geophysical consulting company, is currently seeking a geologist to join its team. The full-time position entails geologic and geophysical field investigations of near-surface phenomenon and includes extensive overnight travel locally and throughout the US. Requirements include a B.S. in geology (with a course in geophysics a plus) and 0-5 years of geologic experience.

Please send a resume to Maggie Beird at gmhb@geo-image.com .

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Alamos Gold Inc. - Chief Geochemist

Alamos Gold Inc.
Position: Chief Geochemist
Reports to: Director, Exploration

Alamos Gold is an established Canadian-based gold producer that owns and operates the Mulatos Mine in Mexico, and has exploration and development activities in Mexico and Turkey. The Company employs more than 600 people in Mexico, Turkey and Canada and is committed to the highest standards of environmental management, social responsibility, and health and safety for its employees and neighboring communities. Alamos shares are traded on the TSX and NYSE under the symbol AGI.

Role Overview: Working under the supervision of the Director, Exploration, the Chief Geochemist is to ensure the application of industry best practices from the collection of samples in the field through all steps including regular, ongoing QAQC procedures and protocols until the final geochemical and assay data can be presented and reported where and when required; such as in formal corporate reporting and the disclosure of mineral resources and reserves for the company.

All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.
While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-listed will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Alamos Gold Inc. 130 Adelaide Street West, Suite 2200, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5H 3P5; Fax: 416.368.2934; http://www.alamosgold.com

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Humboldt State, Arcata, CA - Job Openings

The Geology department at Humboldt State Univ. would like to ask that you share the following job postings with anyone you think would be interested in applying:

Job #7608
Geology: Geomorphology, Surficial Processes, Neotectonics, and/or Quaternary Geoscience First Review of Applications: November 3, 2014

Job #7619
Geology: Petrology
First Review of Applications: November 3, 2014

Both tenure-track postings may be accessed by going to http://www.humboldt.edu/aps/employment/tenure.html

Laurie Marx
Department of Geology, Humboldt State Univ, 707-826-3931, Founders Hall, Room 7
1 Harpst Street, Arcata, CA 95521
Fax: 707-826-5241
lm1713@humboldt.edu , or geology@humboldt.edu

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Maryland Geological Survey is recruiting for a Field Geologist.

If you know of anyone who may be interested, please forward this advertisement and the link below to the interested person. Application deadline is Sept. 30.


Richard A. Ortt, Jr.
Maryland Geological Survey
Maryland Department of Natural Resources, 2300 St. Paul Street; Baltimore, MD 21218
richard.ortt@maryland.gov http://www.mgs.md.gov

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Staff / Entry Level Geologists and Engineering Geologists

American Geotechnical & Environmental Services, Inc.

Responsibilities will include field inspection, analysis and report preparation under the direction of senior engineers and geologists.

Must be well organized, eager to learn, hardworking, and willing to take on a wide variety of field and reporting task. Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a good understanding of the geology of Pennsylvania.

Willingness to travel and stay overnight at job locations. We anticipate that this position will require possible 75 percent travel sometimes for extended periods – mostly within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

PennDOT certified Drill inspection experience a plus. You will need a BS minimum with 0-5 years experience.

To contact us:
Phone: (724) 916-0300
Fax: (724) 916-0315
Email: Info@agesinc.com for information and Jobs@agesinc.com for job opportunities

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Oregon Jobs

Alamos Gold Inc is hiring at our Quartz Mountain Gold Ltd. subsidiary located in Lakeview, Oregon.

1. ENVIRONMENTAL COORDINATOR. Based in Lakeview, Oregon, the Environmental Coordinator is responsible for regularly communicating with the Director, Government and Community Relations, and Permitting on acts, procedures, and operations which are out of compliance or incongruent with approved site permits, applicable environmental regulations and/or good environmental practice. In the event of noncompliance or incongruent finding, the Environmental Coordinator is expected to suggest an alternative act, procedure or operation which would result in improved environmental compliance.

Qualifications and Experience: Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Studies or related Science program; Minimum 5 – 8 years of experience, 3 – 5 of which must be direct experience with environmental permitting in mining or a similar sector; Experience with environmental and exploration permitting in a North/West (US) jurisdiction would be an asset.

Full Job Description and Application Instructions: Please apply online, no phone calls please. Company is willing to pay for relocation to the Lakeview area.

2. GEOTECHNICIAN. Based in Lakeview, Oregon, the Geotechnician is responsible for geotechnical core measurements, collection and preparation of geochemical samples for submittal to laboratories, maintaining the core shack, differential GPS operation, environmental audit of exploration sites, select data management, select data processing, set-up and preparation of diamond drill core for logging and any other reasonable duties associated with regional field work as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience: Ability to work in the field under potentially adverse weather conditions, if necessary; Ability to lift moderately heavy objects; 50 lbs. or less; Knowledge of computers and data entry; Familiarity with GPS devices; High school diploma; Valid driver’s license; Able to drive a 4 wheel drive vehicle.

Hours of Work: 2:00 PM -11:30 PM (work dates to be determined)

Full Job Description and Application Information: Please apply online by Sept 30, 2014, no phone calls please. Seeking a local area, entry-level candidate.
https://english-careers-alamosgold.icims.com/jobs/1293/geotechnician/job .

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Jobs in Reno

M2 Technical Services Inc. of Spokane Washington has just opened an office in Reno Nevada, and is accepting resumes for Geologists and others who are involved in mineral exploration. M2 was founded in 2005, and focuses on providing services for mineral exploration in the US and in other countries.

All candidates should provide the following information in their cover letter: level of education, years of industry experience, areas of high competence (project management, core logging, ARC-GIS, modeling, claim staking, etc), countries/states worked in, and fluency of foreign languages.

Resumes can be hand delivered on Friday 8:00am - 4:00 pm to our office at 5450 Riggins Court, Suite 2 in Reno, or e-mailed to adminassistant@m2tsi.com .

M2 will consider options of full-time employment, part-time employment, or contractors (must have business license).

Todd Mears
President, M2 Technical Services, Inc.

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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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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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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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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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The American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) was founded in 1963 to certify the credentials
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.