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In reviewing the content of this issue and thinking about the overall environmental importance of water, the words of Neil Armstrong came to mind. “It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.”

How many times have we heard the Earth referred to as the “blue planet” because, as geoscientists we know, of the water on the surface and in the atmosphere?

Thinking a bit more analytically, how many times have we realized that, at any given time, only about two percent is readily available for human consumption? Water is critical to life; energy is critical to life; water is critical to energy; energy is critical to clean available water. This is the logic statement that sustains all we know.

Our Division of Environmental Geosciences was formed because of this logic statement, often referred to as the “energy-water nexus.” The future development and use of natural gas and oil is totally dependent on ensuring a future of abundant, readily available and clean water, on a global scale. Water is essential to all we do and who we are. Let’s keep it at the top of our environmental list.

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Fracking: the Debate on Hydraulic Fracturing for Gas

19 May 2014 | The Mermaid, London, 19th May 2014

Fracking: the Debate on Hydraulic Fracturing for Gas will discuss how the advancement of fracking could contribute significantly to the UK's energy security and reduce the reliance on imported gas as the country moves to a low carbon economy.

The conference will provide delegates with an opportunity to hear about and understand the prospect of increased shale gas extraction in the UK.

A high profile panel of speakers will discuss the impact of the recent recommendations examining the cases both for and against fracking UK shale.

Confirmed Speakers include:

Duarte Figueira
Head of the Office of Unconventional Gas and Oil, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

Dan Byles MP
All Party Parliamentary Group on Unconventional Oil and Gas

Professor John Loughhead
Executive Director, UK Energy Research Centre

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March 2014 CoverMarch 2014 issue now available

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Electronic version ISSN: 1075-9565. DEG members and nonmembers may download a form to subscribe to the electronic issue of the Environmental Geosciences journal.

The AAPG Division of Environmental Geosciences (DEG) has selected a set of articles from previous editions of the Environmental Geosciences to introduce you to our journal and Division. DEG is comprised of AAPG members focused on applied environmental geology. The EG Journal publishes state-of-the-art applications and research projects and programs involving industry, government, and academic scientists from around the world. Once you read these articles we believe your next step would be to join our international group of environmental geoscientists. Add your voice and your expertise to our network!

Slides from International Conference DEG Special Session

Title Slide - Temples, YoungTom Temples, DEG President, was one of four speakers at this special session sponsored by the DEG at the 2013 International Conference and Exhibition held in Cartagena, Colombia.

This presentation took a historical look at how the practice has evolved since its inception and will identify potential areas in Latin America and the rest of the world with the potential for shale resource plays and, therefore, the use of hydraulic fracturing technology. The sessopm outlined the new procedures used to protect workers as well as the environment.

Temples has given DEG the slides from this presentation for your review.

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Important Dates:

April 6-9, 2014 | Houston, TX
AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition

May 19, 2014 | London, England
Fracking: The Debate on Hydraulic Fracturing for Gas





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