Connie Knight, 2013. "Application of Structural Methods to Rocky Mountain Hydrocarbon Exploration and Development", Application of Structural Methods to Rocky Mountain Hydrocarbon Exploration and Development, Constance N. Knight, Jerome J. Cuzella, Leland D. Cress
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In 2008, the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists (RMAG) publications committee, under the leadership of Jerry Cuzella, chose to focus on the genreal topic of structural geology as a publication theme. Many earlier RMAG publications pertained to specific oil and gas basins or regions, whereas some relatively recent RMAG publications related to special topics such as, coalbed methane, gas shale, and so forth. Until this collection of articles was compiled, structural geology as a standalone publication topic had not been addressed. In the current climate of deeloping tight “unconventional” reservoirs, and in the face of dinding and producing hydrocarbons from “forgotten” or underdeveloped reservoirs, the role of structural geology is of utmost importance. Geoscientists and engineers are adressing challenges involving fracture-system/stress characterization issues on a daily basis. Geoscientists are unraveling the geologic histories of basins and of individual structures. The editors hope that this collection of papers will provide additional tools for oil and gas scientists and engineers to help in their search for and development of oil and gas resources.
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With increasing industry emphasis on developing “unconventional” tight gas reservoirs and on enhancing recovery from existing fields, geologists are facing diverse challenges in the applications of structural geology. Identifying fracture characteristics within petroleum systems is essential. Understanding the timing of tectonics and the formation of structures is important, as these factors strongly influence hydrocarbon generation, migration, entrapment, and preservation. The purpose in publishing this collection of key papers is to aid future workers in addressing complex interrelationships between structural geology and hydrocarbon exploration and development. The first four chapters of this book focus on structural concepts and techniques. The second part of this book is a collection of Rocky Mountain fault and fracture studies. These well documented studies are valuable reference materials for all petroleum geologists.