UK-Texas CCS Technology and Legislation Seminar is a joint effort by scientists from GCCC and the United Kingdom to examine Texas and United Kingdom perspectives on the geological sequestration of CO2 and the underpinning science, technology and developing legislation.
The first seminar was held on December 6 and 7, 2009 in Houston, TX. Major topics of discussion covered:
- CCS and EOR conversion
- CCS and public acceptance
- Incentives for CCS and current legislation
- Offshore storage
- Groundwater monitoring case study
The seminar speakers included:
- Dr. Stuart Haszeldine, Prof. of Sedimentary Geology, University of Edinburgh
- Ian Havercroft, Senior Research Fellow - Environmental Law, University College London
- Dr. Tara La Force, Asst. Prof. of Petroleum Engineering, Imperial College London
- Dr. Jon Gluyas, Prof. of Petroleum Geoscience, University of Durham
- Dr. Tip Meckel, Research Assoc., Bureau of Economic Geology, UT-Austin
- Rebecca Smyth, Project Manager, Bureau of Economic Geology, UT-Austin
- Dr. Steven Bryant, Assoc. Prof. of Petroleum & Geosciences Engineering, UT-Austin
- Amy Hardberger, Attorney, Environmental Defense Fund
The seminar was hosted by:
- Dr. Susan Hovorka, Principal Investigator, Bureau of Economic Geology, UT-Austin
- Dr. Mike Stephenson, Head of Energy, British Geological Survey
- Dr. May Akrawi, Consul for Science & Innovation, British Consulate-General Houston
A follow-up UK-Texas seminar focused on the assessment and evaluation of underground carbon storage capacity is planned for spring of 2010.
Attendees at the UK-Texas CCS Technology and Legislation Pre-Workshop Event. From left to right: Catherine Santamaria (British Consulate), Erin Miller (BEG), Dr. Carey King (Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Texas), Dr. May Arkawi (British Consulate), Rebecca Smyth (BEG), Dr. John Olson (Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, University of Texas), Dr. Susan Hovorka (BEG), Dr. Tip Meckel (BEG), Dr. John Gluyas (University of Durham), Dr (Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, University of Texas), Nick Huerta (Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, University of Texas), Ian Havercroft (University College, London), Dr. Mike Stephenson (British Geological Survey), and Stuart Coleman (BEG).