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July 10, 2018

STACK Play Workshop - Registration now open!

The OGS is hosting the STACK Play Workshop on September 6-7th, 2018. The STACK (Sooner Trend Anadarko Canadian Kingfisher) Play was discovered in 2011. The play has quickly become one of the hottest resource plays in North America. Despite extensive drilling activity in this play, our understanding of the petroleum geology of the play is limited. Therefore, the main objective of this workshop is to learn from researchers and operators in the STACK Play, with an emphasis on the Meramec Lime and Woodford Shale. Presentations will focus on the depositional system, stratigraphy (biostratigraphy and chemostratigraphy), geochemistry, petrophysics, facies analysis, and fracture characterization that are beneficial for a better understanding of the play and commercial production of hydrocarbons from these low porosity and low permeability reservoirs.

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June 20, 2018

OGS Hosts Seismology Workshop for Teachers

Eleven educators participated in a two-day workshop hosted by the Oklahoma Geological Survey. The educators are part of a project called BLOSSM in Oklahoma. BLOSSM (Bridging Local Outreach & Seismic Signal Monitoring) aims to place a total of 100 personal seismographs (Raspberry Shakes) into educational institutions in Oklahomna, including schools, libraries, and museums. During the first day of the two-day workshop, teachers and librarians received a Raspberry Shake, learned how to install it in their educational facility, and experimented with the type of data it collects. During the second day of the workshop, participants explored introductory seismology and Earth science concepts with the help of State Seismologist, Dr. Jake Walter, his undergraduate student, Sarah Sundberg, and Education & Outreach Coordinator, Dr. Molly Yunker. Participants concluded the workshop with numerous resources including lesson plans, ideas for classroom activities, a working seismograph, seismology posters, and other teaching tools to aid in STEM education next fall and beyond. 

March 28, 2018

USGS Forecast for Damage from natural and Induced Seismicity for 2018

The U.S. Geological Survey has released updated maps identifying potential ground-shaking hazards.  The report shows continuing elevated risk of damage in Oklahoma, with some expansion of the area of greatest concern.  The expanded area is in part due to slight increases in seismicity in areas that have experienced very few earthquakes previously.  The results are significantly dependent upon algorithms used to distinguish main events from aftershocks, which may be different for induced than for natural earthquakes.  Earthquake frequency has declined by more than three quarters from the peak in 2015-2016.  The Oklahoma Geological Survey, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, industry and university scientists, are collaborating together to further reduce seismic activity in Oklahoma.

 

June 5, 2017

Oklahoma researchers’ studies on Pawnee quake focus of peer-reviewed journal

Seismological Research Letters, an internationally recognized peer-reviewed journal, is dedicating a special issue to scientific studies related to the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck near Pawnee last September — the largest recorded seismic event in Oklahoma history.

Press Release (PDF)

April 20, 2017

Dr. Kyle Murray Honored with Environmental Stewardship Award

Dr. Kyle Murray Honored with Environmental Stewardship Award
Dr. Kyle Murray Honored with Environmental Stewardship Award

On April 20, 2017, Dr. Kyle E. Murray of the Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) was presented a "Recognition for Environmental Stewardship" Award from the University of Oklahoma Environmental Concerns Committee (http://www.ou.edu/admin/ecc/) in appreciation of his efforts in responsible use and protection of the environment through conservation and sustainable practices. The mission of the Environmental Concerns Committee is to "advise the president of the university concerning environmental issues and to promote awareness of energy and other resources conservation, recycling, and personal and environmental well-being and safety."

Press Release (PDF)

February 6, 2017

OGS Field Blog Update

From Bally to Basement: using outcrops to unlock buried rocks

Drilling for Paleomagnetism Samples on Bally Mountain, Oklahoma
Drilling for Paleomagnetism Samples on Bally Mountain, Oklahoma

Discover the experiences of OGS Geologist Stacey Evans as she investigates fluid flow and paleomagnetism to investigate the Arbuckle Group and the basement rocks in Oklahoma in the latest entry in the Oklahoma Geological Survey's Field Blog.