The deadline for reserving your ad or sponsorship for the SIPES 54th Annual Meeting & 2017 Convention has been extended until January 31, 2017. Thank you for supporting this event for petroleum independents. We look forward to seeing you in Vail, Colorado this June. Ads and sponsorships may be purchased d online. For more information, please click here.

Early-bird registration fees for the SIPES 2016 Convention in San Diego, California have been extended until Thursday July 7, 2016. The discounted fees apply to registration costs, and to all optional convention events and tours, including the geological field trip along the Southern California Coast on Thursday, August 4.  Online registration and hotel reservation information is available by clicking here.


AGI’s new 2016 critical needs document, Geoscience for America’s Critical Needs: Invitation to a National Policy Dialogue can be viewed here. The document identifies policy goals for political candidates and policy makers as they prepare for the 2016 elections. It was prepared by a volunteer group in consultation with AGI’s fifty-one member societies and organizations. Several SIPES Directors have also reviewed it.  The document showcases the importance of the geosciences and offers a consensus view from the geoscience community on significant policy objectives.

Video recordings of all the technical sessions from this year’s 2015 SIPES Convention in Deer Valley, Utah are ready for viewing! Visit the Film Library and log in with your account to view the films. For easy retrieval of all the sessions from the Convention, click “2015” underneath the Tags section on the left-hand side of the browser window.

You must be a SIPES member and have paid your 2015-2016 National Dues to access the Film Library. Please contact the national office in Dallas at (214) 363-1780 or send an email to if you are current on your National Dues but do not have an account on

Please be aware that there are two sessions that were not filmed at the request of the speakers:

– The Paleozoic Minturn Formation of Northwest Colorado — A “New” Exploration Frontier
– Proterozoic Dogmas Revisited: Exploration Potential for Proterozoic Systems


The American Geosciences Institute will hold this year’s Earth Science Week from October 12 to 18, and the overall theme is “Earth’s Connected Systems.” The aim is to promote awareness of the earth sciences and engage young minds in discovering more about the planet they live on. Each day has a themed focus, including topics such as understanding fossils and the importance of geologic maps. For more information on Earth Science Week, click the logo above or visit AGI’s Earth Science Week site here.

fossil scan

By law, the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists (TBPG) must conduct a review of the existing rules governing the TBPG every four years. 2014 is the year for that review.  The stated purpose of the review is:

The Appointed Board of the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists proposes amendments to clarify common definitions and terms for consistency throughout the rules; to clarify language and remove unnecessary or redundant language; and to make minor clarifications to the way that advisory opinion requests are handled by the Appointed Board.

Part of this review process is soliciting public comments.  This year public comments may be made up to October 2, 2014. Following that date, the TBPG staff will review all of the comments.  Your comments may be submitted to the TBPG via regular mail or email, and should be sent to the following address:

Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists
Attention:  Mr. Charles Horton
P.O. Box 13225
Austin, TX 78711

The email address is:

The SIPES Houston Chapter formed a committee (Dan Smith, #1647; David Rensink, #3297; Phil Martin, #2390; and Scott Daniel, #3003) to review the board’s proposed rule changes. The group found several changes that are significant.  Their recommendations can be found here.

This committee is encouraging members to become educated on the issues, along with the effects of the proposed rules, and to make your comments before the deadline date above.


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