NPGS Field Trip

Announcing the NPGS 2018 Field Trip
Dedicated in Memory of Jim Trexler
September 7–9, 2018

This Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society field trip will focus on the over-arching tectonic problem(s) that Jim and crew were working on including the late Paleozoic Southwestern Laurentian Borderland (SLaB) and unraveling the tectonic history through sedimentation and structural geology.

Field trip stops led by Pat Cashman, Don French, Dan Sturmer, and more!

Preliminary Itinerary:

7 Sep 2018

  • Meet in Reno Nevada – Carpooling logistics
  • Field trip stops near Golconda
  • Evening group meeting-dinner in Elko

8 Sep 2018

  • Carlin outcrops
  • Evening group meeting-dinner in Elko

9 Sep 2018

  • Pine Valley area

10 Sep 2018 (optional)

  • Eureka area

Registration and final field trip itinerary will be announced this spring.

Questions? Want to help in some way? Contact General Chair Dan Sturmer (

Mineral Monday—New at the Keck Museum—with Curator Garrett Barmore

Read the full story here:

Nevada Today, 1/22/2018, by Jennifer Sande
“Each Monday, explore the many amazing minerals, fossils and historical objects on display at the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum with curator Garrett Barmore.Welcome to the first episode of Mineral Monday! Each week, learn about one of the many specimens on display at the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum with curator Garrett Barmore.
This week’s object is fulgurite. Before you watch the video, can you guess how fulgurite is formed just by looking at it?”

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AEG Great Basin Monthly Meeting—Thursday, February 15, 2018

Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists, Great Basin Chapter, Monthly Meeting
Thursday, February 15, 2018
SPEAKER: Brett McElhaney
TOPIC: “An Engineer-Philosopher’s Approach to the Interaction of Earthquakes and the Built Environment”

ABSTRACT: The world is not as it seems. This also pertains to the built environment. Energy flow is in everything. Structures that we often think of as “rigid” are actually vibrant with energy and have their own unique personalities (natural period, etc.). Likewise, every earthquake also has its own personality, energy content and frequency signatures. When the energy from an earthquake enters a structure and interacts with its energy there is a dance of energies and it is analogous to a musician (the earthquake) playing a musical instrument (the structure).

BIOGRAPHY: Brett started his professional career in the social sciences, earning a B.S. in Psychology from Midwestern State University in 1991. A few years later, he switched to Civil Engineering and obtained a BS and an MS in Civil Engineering in 1997 and 1999, respectively. In 2005, Brett started his own consulting firm. Currently he holds an SE license in California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Texas and Maryland. With no formal business training or classes, he decided to go back to school for an MBA and graduated in Spring of 2015. “This experience has really added another dimension to my mind.”

Brett is an Adjunct Professor of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno, teaching Structural Steel Design to fourth year Civil Engineering students.

LOCATION: SURE STAY PLUS HOTEL BY BEST WESTERN (Hotel name change – same location)
Reno, NV 89502


Cost: Members: $27.00 ~ Non-Members: $30.00 ~ Students: $20.00

Please give us a 48 Hour Cancellation notice if you are not able to attend.

The monthly section meetings are held every third Thursday of the month, unless notified otherwise.

UNR/NWRA Dinner Forum—Thursday Feb 15

Hosted by Nevada Water Resources Association
Thursday, February 15, 2018

NWRA and UNR are Excited to Announce the 2018 Dinner Forum Speaker:
David Boutt, Associate Professor, Geosciences, UMass-Amhers:
2018 GSA Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer
Water and LithiumThe Nexus of Hydrogeosciences and Green Energy in the Transition from Fossil Fuels

Location: Hyatt Place Reno-Tahoe Airport
1790 East Plumb Lane
Reno, NV  89502

Registration by January 29, 2018:
NWRA Members $40, Non-Members $45, Student $20

Registration after January 29, 2018:
NWRA Members $45, Non-Members  $50, Student $25

For more information, or to register visit or call Tina Triplett at 775-473-5473.

UNR Dept of Geography Seminar—Wednesday Jan 31

Department of Geography Seminar
Wednesday January 31 (4:00–5:00)
DMS 105

Dr. Matthew Lachniet,
Department of Geoscience at UNLV
Holocene Hot Droughts in the Great Basin Driven by Arctic Sea Ice Retreat and Tropical Pacific Ocean Temperatures

A message from Dr. Adam Csank, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography:

Our first colloquium talk will be this Wednesday Jan 31st in DMS 105. Dr. Matthew Lachniet, Department of Geoscience at UNLV will be giving a talk: Holocene hot droughts in the Great Basin driven by Arctic sea ice retreat and tropical Pacific ocean temperatures. Matt is an isotope geochemist who works on past climate and in addition to the Great Basin has worked in Mexico, Central America and Alaska.

NPGS Monthly Meeting—Monday February 5

Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society
Monthly Dinner Meeting
Monday, February 5, 2018
SPEAKERS:  John Menghini, BLM, Reno, NV and Lowell Price, NDOM, Carson City, NV
TOPIC:  “State-of-the-State: An Update on Geothermal, Dissolved Minerals (Lithium in Brine), and Oil & Gas Exploration and Development in Nevada”

Please join us on Monday, February 5 2018 at the Tamarack Junction for a State of the State presentation. Lowell Price with Nevada Division of Minerals and John Menghini from the BLM Nevada State Office will discuss oil, gas and geothermal issues in the Silver State.

John MenghiniUS DOI Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Oil and Gas Program Lead.  John has worked in the Nevada State Office, Reno Nevada since 2003.  He provides oversight for all oil and gas operations and technical expertise for all fluid-related development in the state of Nevada.  John is involved not only with the oil and gas program, but as a technical operations specialist for the Geothermal Program.  He has a wide range of knowledge with all aspects of the federal requirements dealing with permitting and unitization agreements including lease suspensions, unavoidable delay requests, paying well determination and establishment/revisions of participating areas.  Because of the limited size of Nevada’s oil and gas program, he is involved in every aspect of the development and support of the fluids program for all District Offices in Nevada.

John graduated from the University of Wyoming with a BS in Petroleum Engineering.  After working a few years in the oil and gas industry, John decided that a little business knowledge would be helpful.  John returned to University of Wyoming, where he graduated with his second degree in Business Management.  John then went to work for the BLM in 1989 in Rawlins, Wyoming as a staff Petroleum Engineer.  In 1993, John transferred to Casper where he worked for the Reservoir Management Group in units and drainage.  In 1995 he moved to the Platte River Resource Area as the Lead Petroleum Engineer for that office.  Later this office became the Casper District, and John stayed there until his move to the Nevada State Office in 2003, where he has worked since that time. John will have 29 years in with the BLM this February.

Lowell Price—Nevada Division of Minerals, Fluid Minerals Program Manager. Received BSc in Geology from the University of Texas at Arlington.

1978 to 1986: Eight years in oil and gas exploration with Amoco International Oil Company. Exploration geologist specializing in thrusted terrains. Primary areas of work were onshore Oman and the United Arab Emirates (Oman Mountains Thrust System). Worked on Rocky Mountain Thrust System structural projects for Amoco Denver for one year (on loan from Amoco International) in western Wyoming and southeastern Idaho. Also worked the Gulf of Suez, onshore Tunisia, offshore Morocco, and offshore Gabon, all extensional structural targets, and a calci-turbidite stratigraphic play in onshore Abu Dhabi.

1987 to 1998: Twelve years in precious metals exploration. Worked as a contract geologist for six years for multiple companies, such as Freeport-McMoRan, Tenneco Minerals, Chevron Minerals, and Morrison Knudsen, running large exploration drilling programs, as well as mapping and sampling project areas, in Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, Idaho, and Oregon. Worked as an exploration geologist for Independence Mining for six years in the Independence Range and the Bull Run Mountains, both located in northeastern Nevada.

1998 to 2000: Two years as a partner in Dray & Price Exploration. Worked as an exploration geologist evaluating areas within the northern Rockies and basins along the eastern margin of the northern Rockies for potential oil and gas plays.

2000 to 2008: Eight years working wellsite geology in Nevada, California, Alaska, Belize, and Guatemala, in both oil/gas and geothermal drilling operations.

2008 to present day: Nine plus years as the Fluid Minerals Program Manager with the Nevada Division of Minerals. Primary work is the review of all oil/gas, geothermal, and dissolved mineral permit applications and drilling programs, as well as sundry notices related to the oil/gas and geothermal industries. Have worked as one of the many team members in revising and developing regulations for all three industries, such as regulations developed for hydraulic fracturing in 2014 and the new dissolved mineral resources exploration draft regulations in 2017 and 2018. Oversee all drilling operations for the Division, as well as perform wellsite inspections for the approximate 580 oil/gas and geothermal related wells in Nevada.

LOCATION: Tamarack Junction, Reno, NV
13101 S. Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89511
Cocktail Reception 6:30 PM; Dinner Served at 7:00 PM
NPGS Members $25-$28; Non-Members $30-$33; Students $15

RSVP for the Dinner Meeting by Friday, February 2, with the following link:

If you must cancel your reservation, please contact Jake Zachry, or Tom Gallagher,

Upcoming NPGS Meeting Dates:

  • Thursday, March 1: Emma McConville (UNR), Assessment of the Geothermal Potential of Crescent Valley, North-Central Nevada
  • Thursday, April 5: Vincent Ramirez (ReXplore), Lake Livada and Other Lithium Exploration Activities in Nevada
  • Thursday, May 3: Jake Zachry (Krummrich Engineering), Natural Gas Storage Well Integrity and API RP 1171