October 12th GST Luncheon - The Trifecta Project

  • October 12, 2023
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Baxter's InterUrban Grill and online option


  • In-person attendance at Baxter's available for TGS members at GST member price.

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October 12th -  Baxter's Interurban Grill Event & ONLINE

11:30 Lunch

12:00 Presentation

 ONLINE LINK: https://meet.google.com/caz-ycax-mas

                          Presentation by Lawrence Baria & Rene Mott

Title:    PROSPECT REVIEW: The Trifecta Project – Jurassic of Southwest Alabama

Authors:     Lawrence Baria & Rene Mott


Over 50 million barrels of oil have been produced from a limited area in Monroe county of southwest Alabama where the basal Haynesville (Frisco City Sand), Smackover and the Norphlet formations structurally overlie or on-lap the relatively small basement seated features forming the western arm of the Conecuh Ridge. The adjacent Conecuh Basin provides a rich area for hydrocarbon generation.

During the late Jurassic period, extensive erosion of the underlying Paleozoic Appalachian ridge and Piedmont systems left a dissected highland of granitic and metamorphic knobs as well as inter-mountain valleys. These structures provided local areas of shoaling and reefing during the Smackover transgression; and during the Norphlet in Frisco city periods of arid regression, these Paleozoic knobs provided a localized source for alluvial fan, sand and wadi gravels, and Intermountain dunes which formed aprons around the structure. These shoals, reefs and sands were later, sourced by the oil generation from the adjacent lower Smackover. The thick overlying Buckner and Haynesville evaporates formed an excellent vertical seal to the Norphlet, Smackover and Frisco City reservoirs: seal, sand and source (a complete package).

The evolution of the subsurface data is typical of wells logs pre-1970s, 2D seismic from 1970 to 1990 and then 3-D seismic in the mid-1990s. As technology improves, so improves the subsurface imaging. We will delve into understanding the seismic, how to exploit the full waveform of the data for the subsurface, and understand the limit to push the seismic data.

This prospect is actively seeking funding with interest still available for any interested parties. Please attend this talk to get a closer look at this geophysical driven investment opportunity.

Speaker Bios:   

Lawrence R. Baria - 

After receiving a BS in Geology in 1967, Larry pursued a Masters Degree in stratigraphy and sandstone petrology at Northeast Louisiana University and PhD studies in carbonate facies, stratigraphy and sulfate diagenesis at Louisiana State University. In his early years he worked as a field geologist in Louisiana, Arkansas, Colorado and Alaska. After leaving LSU, he went to work for Getty Oil Company in their Exploration & Production Research Lab where he specialized in Cretaceous and Jurassic stratigraphy. In 1976 Larry moved to Jackson, Mississippi to work with Enserch Exploration in Jurassic and Cretaceous exploration of the eastern Gulf Coast. Since 1980 he has been a consulting geologist active in the generation of prospects within the Haynesville, Smackover and Norphlet Formations. In addition to generating prospects, Larry often consults with various companies active in Jurassic exploration in the Gulf Coast Region and the Middle East. Larry is currently on the graduate faculty at Ole Miss and the University of Alabama and he also serves on graduate thesis committees at Southern Mississippi, LSU and Mississippi State.

Rene Mott - 

Rene’ Mott received her B.S. (1982) in Geophysics at Texas A&M, and a Masters (1996) in Sedimentology from University of Texas at Dallas. She is a Senior Technical Advisor and consultant working on onshore assets with an integrated team of Geologist and consulting Engineers. Rene’s areas of expertise include structural and stratigraphic interpretations with attention to fully exploiting the waveform for attributes and rock properties to discover or increase production. Over her career she has been on the ground floor of many oil and gas discoveries, development programs, conventional wells, unconventional wells and feasibility studies for CCUS. She has published on topics from visualization, interpretation workflow, risk reduction, seismic attributes and reservoir characterization. Currently she is a writer for the GSH (Geophysical Society of Houston) Journal interviewing geoscientist around the world. In addition to interpretation, she has co-chaired technical events, presented at national conventions, managed the Technical Support group for KINGDOM software, and volunteers at the GSH Geophysical Museum. She is an active member of SEG and local geoscience chapters GSH (Treasurer 2021-2023) in Houston, Texas.

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