News and Events 2007


GCCC scientists Sue Hovorka and JP Nicot attended an EPA-led meeting held in Washington, D. C., December 3-4, 2007: “Proposed UIC Regulations for Geologic Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide”. Both Sue and JP also participated in 2 different discussion panels. The meeting lasted 1.5 days with a mix of presentations, technical panels, and question-from-the-audience sessions. EPA is quickly moving forward on the proposed new regulations and was seeking input from a breath of stakeholders. Click here for a complete summary.
Bureau Research Scientist Sue Hovorka was recently interviewed by Mason Jones, Videographer, UT Office of Public Affairs, as part of a series of videos that will appear on a new OnCampus website. Sue’s discussion of Bureau research on geologic storage to reduce atmospheric emissions of CO2 will be part of a segment on alternative energy.
The Austin Geological Society held its monthly meeting at the Bureau on Monday, November 5. Bureau scientist Tip Meckel spoke on “An Overview of Current Carbon Dioxide Capture and Geologic Storage (Sequestration) Activities in Texas,” in which he presented basic aspects of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the context of environmental, energy, and economic factors affecting deployment. He focused on the role of the Bureau in DOE-funded field tests, including the recent DOE award of $38 million for a large-volume test in southwest Mississippi. Close to 50 were in attendance.
JP Nicot participated as an expert in a panel convened by EPA in Washington D.C. on Nov. 2 to review what EPA call “Vulnerability Evaluation Framework” (VEF). The 4-hour workshop was followed by a 1-hour conference call on Nov. 15. The VEF is an attempt by EPA to streamline the permitting process by making sure that no important issue is overlooked. It could also possibly be used as a decision tool in the future. The VEF approach uses as much as possible simple analytical tools that can be easily applied in a regulatory framework.
GCCC research as part of the  Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (SECARB) is moving to the field in Cranfield, Mississippi as Phase 2 continues, while the writing of the Phase 3 proposal has been accelerated.
SWCARB Phase 2 continues with the initiation of groundwater sampling and the planning of the injection experiemant at the SACROC (Scurry Area Canyon Reef Operators Committee) unitized oil field, and the Phase 3 proposal is being prepared.
The Frio Brine Pilot is in the final stage of post-injection monitoring for the second injection at this site.
The FutureGen Texas Team submitted their best and final offer to the Alliance on July 31, 2007.

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