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Geothermal Energy and Technologies for the Enviroment

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

Tuesday, 28 September 2021, 3:40 p.m.–5:20 p.m.  |  Denver, ColoradoMile High Room 1 - Colorado Convention Center

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Location: In-Person – Colorado Convention Center (Speakers presenting in-person and online)

This panel discusses new technology used in assuring safety and environmental integrity and examines the crossovers between geothermal and hydrocarbon reservoir exploration and development.


Susan Nash
Douglas Wyatt


Ahmed Ghassemi
University of Oklahoma
Patrick Walsh
Ormat Nevada
Anna Scott
Project Canary
Ellen Scott Williams
Exum Instruments
Joseph Moore
Project Forge / Utah
Ben Burke
Transitional Energy

Dr. Burke is Chief Technology Officer for Denver-based Transitional Energy. Ben has worked as an exploration and development geologist for HighPoint Resources, Fifth Creek Enregy, Noble Energy, ExxonMobil, and others. He serves or has served as a board member for the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists and the Denver Earth Resource Library. Ben has a PhD in Earth Science from Dartmouth, an MBA from Texas A&M, and a BA in Geology and Russian from Bowdoin College.

Alexander Rozenfeld
Climate Impact Capital
Jeremy Boak

Dr. Jeremy Boak is Geoscience Discipline Manager of Petrolern LLC. Prior to joining Petrolern he was the Director of the Oklahoma Geological Survey and State Geologist of Oklahoma, where he directed a team of 40 scientific, technical, administrative and core repository cu-ratorial staff. He represented the State Survey to University and State agencies, companies, and the public during a time of increased seismic activity engendered by oil and gas operations.

Before going to Oklahoma, he was Director of the Center for Oil Shale Technology and Research at the Colorado School of Mines and Chair of the Oil Shale Symposia for ten years. He directed research in rock physics, rock mechanics, geology, stratigraphy, sedimentology, database development and tech¬nical support for oil shale especially of the Green River Formation.

Dr. Boak worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a project manager in environmental management, pollution prevention and nuclear materials disposition and at the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) Yucca Mountain Project as the Technical Analysis Branch Chief, where he led a risk assessment team from five national laboratories to define expected performance of a proposed site for disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level nuclear waste.

He also worked as an exploration geologist at ARCO Inc., conducting mapping and cross-section preparation for geologic & stratigraphic interpretation for an integrated equity study of the Long Beach Unit of the Wilmington Field. He evaluated exploration, extension, and development potential of ARCO leases in multi-reservoir Texas and Oklahoma panhandle fields, and evaluated regional geology, geochemistry and petroleum prospects, and participated in well-site duty and two seasons of fieldwork in NW Alaska.

Boak has a B.A., M. S., and Ph. D. from Harvard University, and an M.S. from the University of Washington, all in Geological Sciences.


Geothermal Energy and Technologies for the Enviroment
Colorado Convention Center
700 14th St
Denver, Colorado 80202
United States

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