CITY, S.D. (April 4, 2014) – The 9th annual New Horizons Oil &
Gas Conference will be hosted by the South Dakota School of Mines &
Technology April 23-26, attracting geoscientists and related professionals from
the Rocky Mountain region.
events are also open to the general public, including a guided day-long field
trip to the geologic wonder of the “Paleozoic and Mesozoic Reservoir Rocks of
the Southern Black Hills Uplift” and a number of educational sessions. The field
trip, which will be led by Mines faculty researchers and experts from the South
Dakota Geologic Survey, will be $100.
of public sessions, which will be free of charge to the public, include:
Petroleum Industry and Regional Economic Development,” 1-3 p.m. Thursday, April
24. This session will feature Ben Snow, president, Rapid City Development
Center; Matt Koch, vice president, U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Partnership to
Fuel America; Brady Pelton, deputy director, North Dakota Association of Oil
and Gas Producing Counties; Hunter Roberts, Energy Advisor to Governor, South
Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development; and President Heather Wilson,
School of Mines.
Fracking and Other Mysteries of the Oil and Gas Business,” 3:30-5 p.m.
Thursday, April 24. This session will be chaired by Steve O’Rourke, past
president of Exploration and Appraisal, BHP Billiton.
Impacts of Petroleum Exploration and Production,” 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April
24. This presentation will feature Daniel Soeder of the Department of Energy.
conference focuses on oil and gas activities in the northern Great Plains and
Rocky Mountains, especially as they affect the Williston, Powder River and
Denver-Julesburg producing basins, the scenes of major petroleum exploration efforts
resulting from new technologies. Rapid City is centrally located among these areas.
Black Hills are an ideal location for this petroleum conference. Rock layers
which produce oil and in the surrounding areas are at the surface here. Geologists
can walk up to an outcrop and see the material, which they have only viewed
previously as small chips from a well bore, or as lines on a graph which
measures electrical and other responses of the rock buried far beneath the
surface,” said Alvis Lisenbee, professor emeritus with the School of Mines
Department of Geology & Geological Engineering and one of the conference
the Hills are surrounded on the north (Williston), west (Powder River) and
south (Denver-Julesburg) by the petroleum-producing basins. Although production
of petroleum has been of limited extent in South Dakota to date, the Williston
extends southward through at least half of our state. Interests by petroleum
companies in this area appear to be increasing,” Lisenbee said.
industry representatives from companies in Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico will
attend. Companies interested in exhibiting may still register. The cost is $150
for two days. Sponsorships are also available. To date, sponsors are Black
Hills Natural Sciences Field Station, Joe and Josephine Kulik, Pure Earth
Resources Inc.; Bake Hughes; Steve & Donna O’Rourke Family Trust, Yates
Petroleum Corporation; RESPEC Consulting & Services, Dream Design
International Inc. and CCREPPE.
conference events will occur at the former National American University
location near downtown at Fourth and Kansas City streets. For additional
details and the full schedules, visit http://www.sdsmt.edu/conferences/NHOG/
Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines
& Technology is a science and engineering research university located in
Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The
university enrolls 2,640 students from 45 states and 37 countries, with a
student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. The average starting salary for graduates is
$62,400 with a 98 percent placement rate. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu, on
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