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A Division of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists

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Article I. Name

This Technical Division of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (hereinafter sometimes referred to as the Association) shall be known as the Energy Minerals Division.

Article II. Purpose

The purpose of the Energy Minerals Division of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists is to advance the science of geology as it relates to any earth materials, other than conventional oil and gas, capable of being used for energy production, to provide a forum for addressing developments in mineral and energy economics and in fuels supply and utilization technology, and to promote the integration of geoscientific knowledge with related professions and activities.

Article III. Membership

Individuals from all classes of membership in the American Association of Petroleum Geologists are eligible for membership in the Energy Minerals Division and may join by completing and signing a membership form and transmitting this form to the Executive Director of the Division along with such fees and/or dues as may be established by the Division.

Article IV. Government

Section 1. The Division Leadership shall consist of the Executive Committee and the Advisory Council.

Section 2. Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall have administrative authority for the management of the affairs and funds of the Division and shall be composed of the following members:

  1. President
  2. President-Elect
  3. Vice-President
  4. Secretary
  5. Treasurer

A quorum shall consist of three members. No proxy votes shall be allowed and no alternates may be appointed for absent members.

Section 3. Advisory Council. The Advisory Council shall consist of all Councilors, Committee Chairs, and the immediate Past President. They shall be responsible for long-range planning and general policy of the Division. The Advisory Council shall report to the Executive Committee.

Advisory Council business shall be approved by a majority vote of the elected Councilors present or by a majority vote of the elected Councilors polled by the most expedient means. Should the Advisory Council meet independently of the Executive Committee, a chairman and recording secretary shall be chosen by the elected Councilors and minutes shall be taken.

Article V. Officers

Section 1. Designation. The officers, who fall into two groupings, shall be:

Executive Committee

  1. President
  2. President-Elect
  3. Vice-President
  4. Secretary
  5. Treasurer

Councilors

  1. Councilor for Eastern Section
  2. Councilor for Gulf Coast Section
  3. Councilor for Mid-Continent Section
  4. Councilor for Pacific Section
  5. Councilor for Rocky Mountain Section
  6. Councilor for Southwest Section
  7. Councilor for Canadian Region
  8. Councilor for African Region
  9. Councilor for Asian/Pacific Region
  10. Councilor for European Region
  11. Councilor for Mexican, Central American, and South American Region
  12. Councilor for Middle Eastern Region

The Executive Committee may add a Councilor for each new Section or Region designated by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, or may delete a Councilor if Sections or Regions are combined. A member may serve as both a Section or Region Councilor and a Committee Chair as described in Article VII during the same term of office. Section or Region Councilors must be members of the Section or Region which they represent.

Section 2. Terms of Office. Terms of office for the President, President-Elect, and Vice-President shall be one year. Upon completion of term of office, the President-Elect will become the President of the Division. Terms of office for Secretary, Treasurer and Councilors shall be two years. Two year terms shall be staggered to provide continuity. During their term of office, officers must remain in good standing of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and of the Energy Minerals Division.

During their term of office, officers must remain in good standing of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and of the Energy Minerals Division.

Section 3. Nomination and Election of Officers. The Nominations Committee shall prepare a slate of nominees for all offices which shall become vacant at the end of the fiscal year. There shall be at least two nominees for the offices of President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. These nominees shall be presented to the Leadership at the Mid-Year Leadership meeting. Upon approval by the EMD Executive Committee, and by the Executive Committee of the Association, officers will be elected by the Division membership. Region Councilors shall be appointed by the President on the recommendation of the Leadership.

Section 4. Vacancies. A vacancy in the office of President shall be filled by the President-Elect, who will assume the title and duties of President for the unexpired term. Vacancies in other executive offices shall be filled for the unexpired term by appointment by the President of the Division with the approval of the EMD Executive Committee and the President of the Association. Vacancies for Section Councilor or Region Councilor shall be filled for the unexpired term by appointment by the President of the Division with approval of the Executive Committee of the Division. If the office of President-Elect shall become vacant, a special election shall be called by the President for the purpose of filling the office.

Section 5. Chief Staff Officer. The Executive Director of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists is designated as the Chief Staff Officer and Executive Director of the Energy Minerals Division.

Section 6. Duties of Officers. The officers shall communicate regularly with the Chairs who report to them and with the President. Specific duties of the officers shall be as follows:

  1. President. The President shall preside at meetings of the Executive Committee, the Division Mid-Year Leadership, and at the Annual Meeting of the Division, shall participate in meetings of the Advisory Council, shall call other meetings as required to transact the business of the Division, shall be responsible for coordinating the actions of the Standing Committees, shall appoint Executive Officers as liaison to all Division Committees, shall transact all of the business of the Division not specifically delegated to other officers by the Bylaws, shall appoint all necessary committees and delegations not otherwise provided for in the Bylaws, and shall keep the President and Executive Committee of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists advised of all appointments, business, and actions of the Division. The President shall also serve on the Advisory Council of the Association, as provided for in the Association's Bylaws.
  2. President-Elect. The President-Elect shall perform the duties of the President in the absence or inability of the President to serve. The President-Elect shall assume the office of President in case of a vacancy for any cause in that office. The President-Elect shall be responsible for preparation of the Division Business Plan for the next fiscal year and shall become acquainted with the business of the Division and the Association as preparation to assume the duties of President in the next fiscal year, and shall perform such duties as may be assigned by the President.
  3. Vice-President. The Vice-President shall chair the Member Services Committee, and shall perform such duties as may be assigned by the President
  4. Secretary. The Secretary shall have the responsibility for the records of actions and activities of the Division, and shall perform such duties as may be assigned by the President.
  5. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall have the responsibility for the financial records of the Division, shall assist the President-Elect in the preparation of the Division Business Plan, and shall perform such duties as may be assigned by the President.
  6. Councilors The Section and Region Councilors shall represent Division members assigned and unassigned to Sections or Regions respectively on the Advisory Council. Councilors shall see that papers and other programs of interest to the Division members are included in the Sections or Regions and International meetings of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and in meetings and activities of other societies and groups in their respective Sections or Regions of responsibility.

Article VI. Annual Business and Mid-Year Leadership Meetings

The Division shall hold its Annual Business Meeting at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. This shall be an open meeting. The Division Leadership shall be expected to attend. Only Division officers have voting privileges, unless the vote is on Bylaws amendments, as provided for in Article XI.

The Mid-Year Leadership meeting will be held in the Fall. The President shall designate the time and place of this meeting, which may be a conference call. All members of the Executive Committee and the Advisory Council shall be expected to attend. This shall be an open meeting except during the time of the report of the Nominations Committee (refer to Article V, Section 3). Business shall be approved by a majority of the EMD Executive Committee and elected Councilors present. Interim meetings may be called as needed at the discretion of the President of the Division.

Article VII. Committees

Section 1. Standing Committees. The Division shall establish and maintain the following Committees

Technical Committees

  1. Committee on Coal
  2. Committee on Coalbed Methane
  3. Committee on Gas Hydrates
  4. Committee on Gas Shale
  5. Committee on Geospatial Information
  6. Committee on Geothermal Energy
  7. Committee on Oil (Tar) Sands
  8. Committee on Oil Shale
  9. Committee on Uranium
  10. Committee on Energy Economics and Technology

Special Committees

  1. Annual Meeting Committee (A)
  2. Annual Meeting Committee (B)
  3. Nominations Committee
  4. Certification of Coal Geologists Committee
  5. Member Services Committee
    (Including Subcommittees for Publications, Website, and Education)
  6. Outreach and Exhibits Committee
  7. Honors and Awards Committee

Committees may be added or deleted by vote of the members at the Annual Business Meeting or recommendation of the President and Executive Committee. Subcommittees of the Committees shall be added or deleted by the President with the approval of the Executive Committee. Subcommittee Chairs shall be appointed by the Committee Chairs with the approval of the President.

Committees not chaired by officers shall be overseen by officers assigned by the President. The President shall assign an officer to the standing and ad hoc committees.

Section 2. Committee Chairs. All Committee Chairs, with the exceptions of the Chairs of the Nominations Committee and the Member Services Committee, shall be appointed by the President of the Division. With the same exceptions, the President may appoint Co-chairs. Committee Chairs shall regularly communicate with the Officers assigned to their committees.

The Immediate Past President shall chair the Nominations Committee. The Immediate Past President shall continue on the Nominations Committee as a member for one additional year after the term as Chair. In the event the Immediate Past President is unable to serve, the predecessor shall continue as chair of the Nominations Committee.

Section 3. Appointments and Tenures. The Committee Chairs shall appoint all members of their respective Standing Committees, except where otherwise specified by these Bylaws. The President may appoint members to the Nominations Committee who shall serve one year. The term of office of all other Standing Committee members, including the Chair, shall be two years, with staggered terms.

Section 4. Ad Hoc Committees and Delegations. In addition to the Standing Committees, the President may appoint, annually, such Ad Hoc Committees and delegations and their chairs as the EMD Executive Committee may authorize. Ad Hoc Committees or delegations serve during the term of the President who appointed them.

Section 5. Functions of Standing Committees.

  1. Technical Committees. These committees shall promote their fields of specialty within the Division. They shall assist the Councilors and Special Committees in accomplishing their duties as they relate to the Technical Committee's field of specialty by identifying or developing papers for presentation at meetings, in special publications, in the Bulletin, or in the Explorer, and they shall perform other duties as assigned by the President. The Chairs of these committees shall appoint such advisors, working groups, and committee members as they deem necessary to promote the Science of Geology as it relates to their specialty, and to accomplish assigned tasks.
  2. Special Committees. These committees shall consist of such advisors and working groups as the chair deems necessary for the fulfillment of their duties. These duties are as follows:
    1. Annual Meeting Committees. There will be two Annual Meeting Committees serving on staggered terms. These committees shall each be responsible for all Division technical input into alternating Annual Meetings of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. The Chair of each committee shall serve as the Energy Minerals Division Vice-Chair for these alternate Annual meetings of the Coordinating Committee of the Association's Convention Committee.
    2. Nominations Committee. The duties of the Nominations Committee are described in Article V, Section 3 of these Bylaws.
    3. Certification of Coal Geologists Committee. The Certification of Coal Geologists Committee shall work with the Division of Professional Affairs to promote the certification of qualified coal geologists.
    4. Member Services Committee. The Member Services Committee shall promote and oversee all Special Programs of the Division as they relate to the education of Division members. The Member Services Committee shall promote and edit papers and publications of interest to Division members. This shall include, but not be limited to, publications in the Association's Bulletin, Explorer, and special publications. The Member Services Committee shall be responsible for the production and maintenance of the EMD Home Page on the World Wide Web.
    5. Outreach and Exhibits Committee. The Outreach and Exhibits Committee shall design and implement the annual EMD ad in the Explorer and develop and provide material for exhibit booths at AAPG Annual, Section or Region, and International meetings.
    6. Honors and Awards Committee. The Honors and Awards Committee shall organize and perform the search for persons of outstanding achievement, and recommend them for appropriate AAPG and EMD honors and awards.

Article VIII. Administrative and Fiscal Years

The administrative and fiscal years of the Division shall conform to those of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Article IX. Dues

The Executive Committee shall set annual dues as may be needed to operate the Division, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Article X. AAPG Bylaws

All pertinent or appropriate provisions of the Bylaws of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and any amendments thereto, are incorporated herein by reference, and made a part of the Bylaws of the Energy Minerals Division.

Article XI. Amendments

After approval by the EMD Executive Committee and Councilors for submission to the membership, the Division's Bylaws may be amended at any Annual Business Meeting by two-thirds vote of the Division members present or prior to the next Annual Business Meeting by a two-thirds vote of Division members voting by mailed ballot, such amendment to become effective upon concurrence of the Executive Committee of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Article XII. Interim Procedures

Whenever the Division Bylaws are amended, the Executive Committee shall develop interim procedures to assure a smooth transition to the new Bylaws.

Article XIII. Division Business Plan

The Division Business Plan shall be prepared each fiscal year for the next fiscal year by the President-Elect with the assistance of the Treasurer. The Division Leadership shall respond on a timely basis to any requests from the President-Elect or Treasurer for information. The Division Business Plan shall be approved by a majority vote of the elected officers present or by a majority vote of the elected officers polled by the most expedient means. The Division Business Plan shall be presented at the Annual Business Meeting for approval.

Article XIV. Failure of Officers or Chairs to Perform Duties

Officers and chairs shall perform the duties given to them in the Division Bylaws and assigned to them by the Division President. A Procedures Manual shall be provided on the EMD website for the efficient expediting of their duties and assignments. Officers and chairs shall be requested to resign by the Division President for failure to perform their duties.

Officers or Chairs who fail to attend both the Annual Business Meeting and the Mid-Year Leadership Meeting in a single fiscal year, or who fail to regularly communicate with the Division Leadership, and who fail to offer the President a reasonable excuse for their absence may be asked to resign by the President.