WVU-WVGES geologist receives honor

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February 18, 2009 by NRCCE News

Morgantown, W.Va. — Douglas G. Patchen, an internationally respected geologist with West Virginia University and the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey, was recognized by the Appalachian Geological Society and inducted as an honorary member at its February 11 meeting at the Waterfront Place Hotel.

“Doug has had a remarkable career spanning 43 years of service to the State of West

Jim Pancake (R), President of the Pittsburgh Association of Petroleum Geologists, congratulates Doug Patchen at a ceremony by the Appalachian Geological Society honoring Patchen's distinguished career.

Jim Pancake (R), President of the Pittsburgh Association of Petroleum Geologists, congratulates Doug Patchen (L) at a ceremony by the Appalachian Geological Society honoring Patchen’s distinguished career.

Virginia. He has made significant contributions to our understanding of the geology of the Appalachian Basin,” said Katharine Lee Avary, Manager of the Oil & Gas Program and a Senior Geologist at the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey, who cited him for the honor.

The Appalachian Geological Society promotes the development and exchange of advancements in the science of geology, especially related to oil and gas, in the Appalachian region. “Doug has made extensive contributions over the years to the advancement of the science of geology and the natural gas industry. He exemplifies what the AGS strives to promote among our members,” said Kerima Haddad, treasurer and past president of the AGS.

Patchen currently directs the Appalachian Oil and Natural Gas Research Consortium and the Appalachian Region of the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council, both programs of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University.

Under Patchen’s leadership, the AONGRC produced The Atlas of Major Appalachian Gas Plays and the Geologic Play Book for Trenton-Black River Appalachian Basin Exploration among several other studies and the PTTC has sponsored more than 125 workshops in seven states throughout the Appalachian region.

Patchen is also Chief Geologist with the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey for nearly 40 years. He has authored more than 50 journal articles and presented more than 40 research papers.

Last fall, Patchen received the John T. Galey Memorial Award of the Eastern Section American Association of Petroleum Geologists, its highest honor.

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