The 2018 John C. Frye Memorial Award in Environmental Geology was presented at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, in Indianapolis, Indiana for the Bureau of Economic Geology Report of Investigations number 283: “Geological CO2 Sequestration Atlas of Miocene Strata, Offshore Texas State Waters”, edited by Ramon Trevino and Tip Meckel. Editors Trevino and Meckel were presented with the award at the GSA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, in November.

The award, co-sponsored by the Geological Society of America (GSA) and Association of American State Geologists (AASG), is given for the best publication in the field of environmental geology published by a state geological survey or by GSA during the past 3 years.

Publications nominated for the Frye award successfully “identify a geologically based environmental issue, provide sound and substantive information pertinent to the problem, relate geology to the issue, and present information directly usable by geologists, other professionals such as land-use planners and engineers, and ideally also by informed laypersons.”

Read GCCC’s original blog post detailing the report here.

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  • Pumping carbon dioxide deep under the seafloor may seem like a science-fiction-based solution to dealing with the greenhouse gas, but it’s a technology that The University of Texas at Austin Bureau of Economic Geology has been helping to perfect during the past 15 years.

    That history of leadership with the emerging technology has prompted the U.S. Department of Energy to grant the bureau $4 million to lead a regional partnership to explore how carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted from industrial facilities along the Gulf Coast can be safely stored in geological formations under the Gulf of Mexico.

    The four-year program will be led by the bureau’s Gulf Coast Carbon Center (GCCC) and include institutions and partners from throughout the nation.

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