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March 5, 2021

Critical Minerals Workshop of the Southern Midcontinent


The Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) is hosting a virtual workshop on the exploration and exploitation of critical minerals found in the southern midcontinent.  Raw materials are vital for the U.S. and global economy.  The growth of our country and national security is contingent upon the continued supply of key minerals (e.g., barite; barium; bertrandite; beryllium; copper; cobalt; lepidolite; lithium; graphite; rare-earths; etc.). The regional Critical Minerals Workshop will include geoscientists, researchers, students, scientists, GIS and geostatistical analysts, engineers, social scientists, environmental scientists, and academic experts in this field.  Additionally, the conference will include disciplines of mining engineering and other relevant areas.

To increase the understanding of improved, regional scale infrastructure that will likely minimize costs, land use and hazards, permits, best practices, and constraints, we will need coordinated future planning on critical minerals in the region.  This workshop may open job opportunities for our state as well.


This conference will be held on November 8-10, 2021 (3-hour virtual meetings from 10am-1pm CST) via Zoom.  The theme of the conference is “Critical Minerals: Up-and-Coming Opportunities." This event is going to have a variety of session types, including interaction of the participants to generate ideas and address related questions, presentations, discussions, and brainstorms. The workshop will include several group discussions to further explore key topics. We have invited key Oklahoma officials along with members of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Critical Mineral Division.

For further information about presentations, registration, sponsorship, and logistics, please contact Molly Yunker.


Monday, November 8

10:00 - 10:15 Nick Hayman, Director of the Oklahoma Geological Survey



10:15 - 10:50 Jesse Edmondson, Founder and CEO, US Critical Minerals; chair of the Critical Minerals Committee of the Energy Minerals Division of AAPG

    "Building Domestic Critical Mineral Supply Chains in the US" (slides PDF)


10:50 - 11:20 Abbas Seyedolali, Oklahoma Geological Survey

    “Overview of the potential for selected critical minerals in Oklahoma” (slides PDF)



11:20 - 11:50 Roderick Eggert, Deputy Director of Critical Materials Institute, Colorado School of Mines

    “Critical Minerals: The Economic and Public Policy Context” (slides PDF)



11:50 - 12:20 Kyle Murray, Oklahoma Geological Survey

    "Prospecting for Critical Minerals and Recoverable Elements in southern Midcontinent brines" (slides PDF)



12:20 - 1:00 Plenary Discussion



Tuesday, November 9, 2021  

10:00 - 10:10 Abbas Seyedolali, Oklahoma Geological Survey

   Introduction and highlights from Monday


10:10 - 10:40 Doug Hanson, Arkansas Department of Energy & Environment, Arkansas Geological Survey; Geologist Supervisor

    “Critical Minerals of Arkansas” (slides PDF)


10:40 - 11:10 Tristan Childress, Texas Bureau of Economic Geology

    “Critical Minerals Texas Potential: Lignites and Rhyolites” (slides PDF)


11:10 - 11:40 Nelia Dunbar, Director and State Geologist, New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources

    “An Overview of Critical Mineral Research in New Mexico” (slides PDF)


11:40 - 12:10 Franek Hasiuk, Kansas Geological Survey

    “Critical Mineral Potential in Coals and Associated Strata of the Cherokee-Forest City Basin" (slides PDF)



12:10 - 1:00 Plenary Discussion


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

10:00 - 10:10 Abbas Seyedolali, Oklahoma Geological Survey

   Introduction and highlights from Tuesday


10:10 - 10:40 Warren Day, U.S. Geological Survey, Earth MRI Science Coordinator

    “US Geological Survey Critical Minerals Efforts” (slides PDF)


10:40 - 11:10 Ursula Hammes, EMD past-president, Hammes Energy & Consultants, Austin, TX

Ashley Douds, EMD Critical Minerals Committee Chair, Wildlands Research

    “Pivoting with the Energy Minerals Division of AAPG: a showcase of alternative energy committees and critical mineral exploration in shales” (slides PDF)


11:10 - 11:40 Jinichiro Nakano, Inventor, NETL

    “Critical mineral extraction from waste streams: Li, REE, Ni, and V” (slides PDF)


11:40 - 12:10 Thomas Lograsso, Ames Laboratory

    "DOE Critical Material R&D Programs" (slides PDF)


12:10 - 1:00 Plenary Discussion

PDH/CEU Information

This workshop has been approved for 9 PDH (0.9 CEU) by AIPG - the American Institute of Professional Geologists. If you are interested in this option, you can indicate this when you register and we will be in touch about the details.

There will be a minimal fee of $50 to cover administrative activities for those seeking credits. Registration for all other attendees is FREE.

If you wish to pay for your PDH/CEU Certificate, please visit our store page.