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May 2011 Newsletter

Message from the LPS President

I hope you all managed to take some time off during the Easter and May Day period. I am enjoying the sunny weather but my lawn now has a distinctly dual porosity look to it, i.e. matrix porosity in the soil and some rather large looking desiccation cracks/fractures. This is one of the problems with living in a clay rich area.

Our next evening meeting (9th May, 6.30pm at the Geological Society) will focus on the wonders of clay rich hydrocarbon reservoirs. Sam Matthews and David Hartigan from Leicester University will be talking about their work on shaly sands and shale gas. Both Sam & David have received help with their studies through the LPS Iain Hillier Academic Award Scheme. Please support Sam and David and come along to what promises to be two very interesting talks.

The programme for the Pore Pressure Prediction and Wellbore Stability one day seminar on the 16th June has been finalised. See this newsletter for an agenda and registration form. The programme should appeal to a wide range of disciplines and we expect to it to be popular. Please send your completed registration forms to Ian Draper, ian.draper@bakerhughes.com, as soon as possible to reserve your place.

Our VP Membership, Victoria, is heading off to Australia and so relinquishing her position on the LPS committee. A big thank you to Victoria for all her hard work and keeping membership numbers up. Peter Fitch from Imperial College has kindly agreed to step in as our new VP membership.

Hope to see you soon at one of our events.

All the Best

Adam LPS President

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