|Event Title||Start Date||Online Registration Deadline|
|HGS International Dinner - Assessing the Extent of Carbonate Deposition In Early Rift Settings - The Value of Analogs||12-16 5:30pm||12-16 5:00am|
|HGS Northsiders' Luncheon - Characterizing the Hydrocarbon Potential of a Paleo Stepped Slope Setting, Offshore Sabah||12-17 11:15am||12-16 12:00pm|
|HGS E & E - Influence of Shallow Geology on Volatile Organic Chemical Attenuation from Groundwater to Deep Soil Gas||01-08 5:30pm||01-08 5:00am|
|HGS General Dinner - Source Rock Reservoirs are a Unique Petroleum System||01-13 5:30pm|
|HGS Northsiders' Luncheon - An interpretation of the depositional environment and facies of the Eagle Ford Shale from Karnes-Maverick County, Texas||01-14 11:15am||01-13 12:00pm|
|HGS International Dinner - Hydrocarbon Potential of the North West African Margin||01-20 5:30pm||01-20 5:00am|
|IRESS - Frontier Basins: Contemporary Problems and Research||01-22 8:30am|
Change is Needed, are We Ready?
The world changes and organizations need to evolve or face extinction. Ultimately, organizations disappear due to the lack of interest and an inability of their reduced membership to support their overhead and infrastructure. This could be the fate of HGS, if we do not consider current and future trends and accept the fact that the conditions have changed over the past few years. Change is not easy, especially for those who have been heavily involved in running the organization. But change is necessary for future success.
Helium: The Other Natural Gas
Recently, I conducted an investigation of pore-space gases to evaluate potential migration of hydrocarbons through the soil. This investigation required the detection of potential equipment leaks. In these applications, helium is often used as a tracer gas because it is inert, non-flammable, and extremely rare in the atmosphere. Helium leaks can be readily detected with a hand-held instrument. The helium for this testing was drawn for a pressurized tank of a type that is widely available at retail. But if helium is so rare, where did the gas in this tank come from?