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The Midland Chapter of the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (SIPES) Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Meeting

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Date(s) - 04/18/2018
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Midland Country Club Upstairs Ballroom


SIPES April program speaker will be Scott W. Tinker, Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, State Geologist of Texas and holder of the Allday Endowed Chair at the University of Texas at Austin.  The topic of his talk is: “The Complete Paradox of Shale.”


As anyone who has ever attended one of Scott’s presentations would tell you, he is an energized and charismatic speaker who never fails to inform.


You don’t want to miss this meeting!

Production from shale reservoirs in the United States and Canada has changed the global energy landscape. Yet shale reservoirs remain enigmatic. Industry analysts debate whether shale producers lose money or make money, but few would argue that the North American economy has benefited significantly from shale production. Studies show that ultimately recoverable resources of shale are massive, yet ultimate production from shale given current technology represents less than 10% of the resource in place. The environmental impacts from shale development are real, yet CO2 emissions in the U.S. have decreased faster than those of any major nation on Earth, thanks largely to shale gas replacing coal in power generation. The politics of shale are complex, with some governments, NGOs, and industries in strong support and others in strong resistance. The complex interplay of these paradoxical realities underscores the challenges inherent in predicting the global future of shale.


Scott Tinker’s passion is bringing disparate groups together to address difficult challenges. Dr. Tinker is director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, and a professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair at The University of Texas at Austin. He has served as president of the American Geosciences Institute, the Association of American State Geologists, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies. Dr. Tinker is a Halbouty Leadership Medalist, a Boyd Medalist, and a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. In his visits to over 55 countries, he has given 700 keynote and invited lectures to government, industry, academic, and general audiences; he also serves on many private, public, academic, and government boards and advisory councils. Tinker co-produced and is featured in the award-winning energy documentary film Switch, which has been screened in over 50 countries to more than 15 million viewers and is used on thousands of college campuses. Dr. Tinker is making a sequel film, SwitchON, addressing global energy poverty.



SIPES always welcomes guests, and no reservations are required. Guest luncheon and program cost is $20 to be paid to the treasurer at the meeting. There is no charge for members. Reception begins at 11:15, Buffet lunch starts at 11:30 and the program begins at noon.

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