June 11, 2019: GCCC outreach coordinator Sarah Prentice and undergraduate research assistant Margaret Murakami presented at the Groundwater to the Gulf (G2G) summer institute at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin. The institute is a 3-day, field-trip based programming from local water experts for Central Texas teachers that emphasizes techniques for teaching water-based curricula for grades 4 through 8. Educators bring lessons back to their classroom about the path of water from its origin in Central Texas to its destination in the Gulf of Mexico. Sarah and Margaret presented “CO2--Too Much of a Good Thing?” a free curriculum with TEKS-aligned activities, and resources for 50 local educators. The institute contributors include representatives from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, City of Austin Watershed Protection and Wildlife Preserves, the Lower Colorado River Authority, Westcave Preserve, among others. Download the lesson plan here.
June 11, 2019: Tip Meckel partnered with the Port Arthur, Texas Chamber of Commerce to hold a meeting for local decision-makers and stakeholders to learn about the current CO2 management and the available federal 45Q tax credit opportunities and how energy companies can qualify for in order to receive significant tax credits for near-term projects that avoid carbon dioxide emissions.
About the Gulf Coast Carbon Center
Research, Technology, and Education for the Geological Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide
Burning fossil fuels (gas, oil, and coal) has measurably increased the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Although the long-term consequences of this accumulation are hotly debated, it is likely that it will have negative impacts on both the ocean and climate.
One possible response is to capture carbon dioxide after combustion in industrial settings and reinject it into deep geological reservoirs where it will be retained for long periods of time. This process is called geological sequestration, or carbon capture and storage (CCS).
The Gulf Coast Carbon Center (GCCC) seeks to impact global levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide by
- conducting studies on geological sequestration of CO2 in the deep subsurface, focusing on the Gulf Coast,
- educating the public about risks that might limit deployment of geological sequestration and measuring the retention of CO2 in the subsurface, and
- enabling the private sector to develop an economically viable industry to sequester CO2 in the Gulf Coast area.
Since 1998, GCCC has been a leader in research that facilitates a proactive response by energy-related businesses to reduce atmospheric release of CO2. GCCC has led or is in the process of conducting seven major field research projects to develop effective technologies to monitor retention of CO2 in the subsurface. In addition, GCCC has led a number of diverse projects including estimation of storage capacity, EOR screening and economic assessments, risk of leakage to water resources, assessment of pressure, and whole system integration. GCCC hosts STORE, a training and education effort.
For a news story describing recent field efforts of the Gulf Coast Carbon Center, please click here
For a historical look at how the GCCC has addressed the carbon question, please click here.