AEG-BWH Meeting, September 18

Geologists and students:

I want to personally invite you and your colleagues to the September 18, 2014 AEG-BWH meeting featuring David Spears, the State Geologist of Virginia. His topic is one that every geologist should hear. The meeting is in Reston. Please register immediately. Below is the notice.

Steve Stokowski, CPG
President, AEG-BWH


Notice of Meeting
Announcement from the BWH Section of the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists
Date: Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
To reserve a seat, please email Patrick Hastings by Thursday, September 11, 2014 at AEGBWHSecretary

TOPIC: Geology and Public Policy – Recent Issues in Virginia
PRESENTER: David B. Spears, State Geologist, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.
David Spears is the State Geologist of Virginia, a position residing in the Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy. He is responsible for coordinating the work of the Division of Geology and Mineral Resources, a small group of geoscientists focused on mapping Virginia’s geology, mineral resources, energy resources, and geologic hazards such as earthquakes, landslides, and sinkholes. In recent years, the State Geologist has played an increasing role in responding to public policy issues such as offshore drilling, natural hazards, and hydraulic fracturing. David received a BS in Geology from Lafayette College and a MS in Geology from Virginia Tech. He began his professional career in the petroleum industry before coming to Virginia state government in 1993. A native of New Jersey, he currently resides in Buckingham County in central Virginia.
Government decision makers are faced with difficult choices when it comes to public policy regarding energy and mineral resources. Our nation is heavily dependent on fossil fuels, radioactive isotopes, and rare earth elements that often must be imported from foreign countries to meet U.S. demand. Even though developing our own domestic supplies has obvious strategic advantages, such development often conflicts with other societal priorities such as environmental protection and social justice. To further complicate matters, conflicting pressure is brought to bear on politicians by an uninformed or misinformed populace that is generally anti-development, and by pro-development businesses who have a financial interest in resource development. In this presentation, Virginia’s State Geologist will use recent, Virginia-specific examples such as uranium mining, offshore drilling, and shale gas to highlight the ways in which government-based geoscientists play a unique role in providing scientific guidance in public debates about how to best manage our nation’s energy and mineral resources.

DATE: Thursday, September 18, 2014
TIME: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Paolo Ristorante (Inside The Reston Town Center) 11898 Market Street Reston, VA 20130 Note: There is a parking garage (clearance 6’8”) and a parking lot just to the North of the restaurant.
COST (dinner & mtg):
Members and non-members: $45
Students: $20

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Social Hour and Section Business
7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dinner
8 p.m. Presentation
9 p.m. Closing Statements

To reserve a seat, please email Patrick Hastings by Thursday, September 11, 2014 at AEGBWHSecretary.

AEG-BWH 2014-15 Upcoming Meetings/Field Trips
October 16 – Presenter TBD
October 25 (Saturday) – Field Trip to the Karst of Eastern Loudoun County
November 20 – Presenter TBD
December 18 – AEG BWH Christmas Party
January 15 – Presenter TBD
February 19 – Employment Roundtable
March 19 – Presenter TBD
April 4 – (Saturday) – AEG-BWH Spring Symposium (NEW! and at James Madison University)
May 21 – Presenter TBD

Chair: Steve Stokowski, AEG BWH, (508) 259-3536, Ettringite
Vice Chair: William Mikalik, Applied Environmental, Inc.,
703-282-0835, wmikalik
Secretary/Treasurer: Patrick Hastings, Seismic Surveys Inc., 240-578-1981, AEGBWHSecretary

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