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Representatives from UT toss cowboy hats in the air as they invite the greenhouse gas technologies community to Texas for GHGT12.
November 24, 2012      Just announced at GHGT11 in Kyoto, Japan: The University of Texas at Austin will be the primary host of The 12th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Technologies (GHGT12), which will be held in Fall 2014. The primary sponsor of event is the United States Department of Energy.

The GHGT conference series has established itself as the premier international conference on greenhouse gas mitigation technologies. The conference is held every two years, in IEAGHG member countries, and has become a focal point for international research on CO
2 capture and storage.

Space has been reserved at the conference center in downtown Austin for the 1,800 delegates from over 50 countries who are expected to attend. We are delighted by this exciting opportunity to showcase The University of Texas at Austin, the Bureau of Economic Geology, and the Gulf Coast Carbon Center to the world

News and Events 2012
December 20, 2012      Exchange between Center of Excellence in Research and Innovation in Petroleum, Mineral Resources and Carbon Storage (CEPAC) and GCCC. Lia Bressan from CEPAC (Brazil) spent the last two months at GCCC as a visiting researcher. She focused on learning CO2 monitoring methods, including gas tracers and soil gas monitoring. She will transfer knowledge of these techniques to be used in CEPAC's upcoming campaign of CO2 injection, a project called MMV CO2 Field Lab. 
The GCCC was delighted to host visiting researcher Lia Bressan from CEPAC.
December 3-7, 2012      American Geophysical Union Meeting. JP Nicot presented the talk, Texas review of hydraulic fracturing water use and consumption. Brad Wolaver and Ian Duncan were co-authors on the talk, Energy reliability related to water availability under climate extremes in Texas. Sean Porse presented, Using analytical and numerical modeling to assess the utility of groundwater monitoring parameters at carbon capture utilization, and storage sties, along with co-authors Medhi Zeidouni, Susan Hovorka, and Michael Young. Medhi Zeidouni presented the talk, Above-zone temperature variations due to CO2 leakage from the storage aquifer, with Seyyed Hosseini and JP Nicot. Seyyed Housseini presented the talk, Time-lapse compressibility monitoring of CO2 leakage in above zone monitoring interval with co-author Medhi Deidouni. Julie Ditkof presented, Time lapse seismic signal analysis for Cranfield, MS EOR and CCS site, with co-authors Tip Meckel and Susan Hovorka. San Francisco, CA
November 27, 2012      United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change/COP-18 The University of Texas at Austin partnered with the Carbon Capture and Storage Association to host a Side Event focused on "CCS Capacity Building and Global Status: Educational Opportunities and Lessons Learned." Katherine Romanak chaired the event. Hilary Clement Olson discussed the various geological carbon storage capacity building initiatives undertaken by the university's STORE training center. The University of Texas at Austin also hosted an exhibit booth at the meeting, promoting geological carbon storage research, education and training programs at various university units: the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering and the Gulf Coast Carbon Center at the Bureau of Economic Geology and the Institute for Geophysics.
Katherine Romanak (left) and STORE's Hilary Olson (center, right) organized the side event on CCS.

November 18-22, 2012      International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Technologies (GHGT-11). A number of GCCC talks have been accepted. Susan Hovorka will give two talks: "CCU&S via Stacked Storage—Case Studies from CO2-EOR Basins of the United States" and "Three million metric ton monitored injection at the SECARB Cranfield project—project update." Tip Meckel has four abstracts accepted: "Offshore CCS in the northern Gulf of Mexico and the significance of regional structural compartmentalization", "Leakage Fingerprints During Storage: Modeling Above-zone Measurements of Pressure and Temperature", "Estimating CO2 Leakage Rate along a Fault: Model and Field Application", and "Characterizing buoyant plume migration through domains with fine-scale heterogeneity." Katherine Romanak will present "Assessment of alleged CO2 leakage at the Kerr Farm using a simple process-based soil gas technique: Implications for carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) monitoring." JP Nicot will present "Potential Subsurface Impacts of CO2 Stream Impurities on Geologic Carbon Storage" with GCCC co-authors Katherine Romanak, Patrick Mickler, Silvia Solano, Changbing Yang, Jiemin Lu, and Tongwei Zhang. STORE's Hilary Olson will present "CO2 Injection for Geological Storage: A series of activities for training professionals and educating students in geological carbon storage." Kyoto, Japan
November 20, 2012       IEAGHGT-11 A talk by Katherine Romanak on soil-gas monitoring at the Weyburn-Midale Project was the subject of a blog posting by Sam Neades of IEAGHG. To read the post scroll down to the second entry on November 20. Kyoto, Japan
November 8, 2012      The Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) recognized Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. (Allentown, Pa.) at its recent meeting in Perth, Australia.

The GCCC provides monitoring expertise to Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., which is shipping CO2 from its hydrogen plant at the Valero Refinery in Port Arthur TX for injection into the West Hastings Field oil reservoir as part of an enhanced oil recovery effort. For more information about this project please click here.

Along with the other recognized projects, the Air Products & Chemcials, Inc. project will appear in a yearly project portfolio on the CSLF website to keep the global community updated on progress. With CSLF recognition, these cutting-edge projects will gain enhanced global visibility and widespread knowledge-sharing opportunities.

Two other GCCC projects, the Frio Pilot Project and the SECARB project at Cranfield, have previously been previously recognize
October 29, 2012      Visit to GCCC by Dr. Boris Gurevich from Curtin University in Perth, Australia. Dr. Gurevich gave a talk on modeling the seismic response for the Otway CCS Pilot project. Austin, TX
Boris Gurevic gives a talk at BEG
Susan Hovorka and Mehdi Zeidouni converse with Boris Gurevich following his talk.
October 25, 2012      UT Energy Symposium. Susan Hovorka, Gary Rochelle, and Douglas Huey are the featured speakers for a Carbon Capture and Storage Panel Discussion. Austin, TX
October 22, 2012     EOS, a news magazine of the American Geophysical Union. Research by Katherine Romanak, Changbing Yang, and Susan Hovorka (A process-based approach to CO2 leakage detection by vadose zone gas monitoring at geologic CO2 storage sites. Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1029/2012GL052426, 2012) was featured in the Research Spotlight of the October issue of EOS. Click here to link to the story.
October 11, 2012      Visit to GCCC from China Petroleum Company. Dr. Po-Yu Wu from GCCC member company China Petroleum Company (CPC) Taiwan visited and presented an update on design and status of CPC’s field test. Austin, TX
October 10, 2012      Visit to GCCC by Po-Yu Wu of CPC Corporation, Taiwan. Wu is the Department Chief of the Drilling & Production Department at the Exploration & Development Research Institute. GCCC staff exchanged information about CCS projects in the US and Taiwan. Austin, TX 
Po-Yu Wu visits the GCCC
Po-Yu Wu of CPC Corporation in Taiwan with GCCC staff during a visit in October.
September 21, 2012      Texas Tech University. Susan Hovorka presented a talk to the Geology Department, “What to do about CO2?: Carbon Capture and Geologic Storage to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions." Lubbock, TX
September 21, 2012      Visit to GCCC from Japan CCS. Shiro Ohkawa and Satoshi Aramaki spent the day at GCCC sharing knowledge and experiences with staff about upcoming CCS projects at Tomakomai and about the GCCC's efforts in Cranfield. Austin, TX
September 17, 2012      EarthSky. Susan Hovorka is interviewed by the popular science media source about carbon capture and storage, and what's known and what's a challenge. She says, "It’s a personal and financial decision we need to make it as a community of energy consumers. But the possibility is completely available to us, to move forward on this option." Read the full interview here.
September 17, 2012      The GCCC is delighted to act as one of the groups at BEG hosting Christian Hermanrud on sabbatical from Statoil (Norway) and University of Bergen. Hermanrud presented "Fluid flow and overpressuring: some observations and challenges" in which he covered a variety of topics that he has studied including overpressure, shale porosity, erosion and water drops, fluid flow in shale, leakage from fault block traps in the Barents Sea, and soft sediment deformations and implications for CO2 storage. Austin, TX
August 21-23, 2012      NETL Carbon Storage R&D Project Review Meeting. Ian Duncan presents "Developing a Comprehensive Risk Assessment Framework for Geological Storage of CO2." Ramon Trevino presents "Gulf of Mexico Miocene CO2 Site Characterization Mega Transect." Susan Hovorka gives keynote presentation on the Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership – Cranfield. Pittsburgh, PA
August 20, 201     2 Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security Meeting. Seyyed Hosseini and Susan Hovorka attended discussions, clarified interpretation and use of available data, and brain stormed on basic science research topics. GCCC is supporting CFSES by providing field data from Cranfield and Frio projects. Austin, TX
August 12-18, 2012      6th IEAGHG International CCS Summer School. Marlo Gawey was one of forty-seven students representing twenty-two nationalities selected to participate in the Summer School. Katherine Romanak participated as as a lecturer and mentor. Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
Marlo Gawey works with international students on a group project during summer school.
Katherine Romanak with other mentors and lecturers at the summer school
August 5-10, 2012     34th International Geological Conference. Susan Hovorka gives keynote talk "Progress Update on major monitored injections in the US--SECARB Cranfield project." Brisbane, Australia
July 30 - August 3, 2012      Understanding Carbon Capture and Storage. Vanessa Nuñez-Lopez will teach part of this short course sponsored by The Center of Excellence in Research and Innovation in Petroleum, Mineral Resources and Carbon Storage (CEPAC) and the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Vanessa Lopez-Nunez lecturing during the CEPAC workshop in Brazil.
July 17-18      USGS-NETL Workshop on Re-evaluating Storage Efficiency Estimates. Co-hosted by SECARB on behalf of RCSP program. Susan Hovorka presented, " Experience from the SECARB Cranfield large-scale field test relevent to capacity estimation." Austin, TX
July 12-13, 2012      Water and Biodiversity Impacts of Energy Change. Rebecca Smyth was invited to this Conference of Experts hosted by The Nature Conservancy and sponsored by Shell to present a talk titled "Carbon capture and storage, assessing impacts on shallow subsurface environments." The goal of the conference is to understand how water resources (quantity or quality) can be impacted by future energy use, extraction or generation. Denver, CO
July 4-5, 2012      International Workshop on Geological CO2 Sequestration. Changbing Yang was invited to give a talk “Monitoring large volume CO2 injection at Cranfield: the early test of SECARB Phase III,” co-authored with Susan Hovorka. This workshop was supported by the Earth Science Division, the National Science Foundation of China, they Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology Department, the China Geological Survey, and Jilin University. In the workshop, Yang shared the experiences on monitoring technologies, especially shallow groundwater chemistry monitoring to his Chinese colleagues. In addition, Yang was also invited to give two lectures on reactive transport modeling in subsurface environments to graduate students from Jilin University. Changchun, China
Yang, second row in blue shirt, with CCS experts and students at Jilin University.
June 28, 2012      18th Annual Texas Regional Collaboratives Symposium on Energy, Engineering and the Environment. Susan Hovorka presented "Carbon Storage and Climate" to a group of K-12 teachers and undergraduate summer interns. Austin, TX
June 19, 2012.      IEA GHG Joint Network Meeting. Susan Hovorka gave a review of monitoring methods and led a breakout session. Katherine Romanak led a breakout session. Santa Fe, NM
June 5-15, 2012      Research Experience in Carbon Sequestration program. Zahid Khandaker was selected as a participant in the 10-day program, which combines classroom instruction with group exercises, CCS site visits and hands-on activities. Birmingham, AL
Khandaker Zahid (leaning over table) attends a RECS workshop conducted by Dr. Jack Pashin, Director of the Energy Investigations Program at the Geological Survey of Alabama in their Tuscaloosa core warehouse.
May 30, 2012      DOE-FE-China Exchange Project Meeting. Susan Hovorka presented “Overview of CCUS.” Houston, TX
May 21, 2012      The Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science 2012 Texas Water Summit. Rebecca Smyth attended the conference, which brought together leaders from industry, government and academia to address issues important to securing water for Texas' future. Austin, TX
May 23, 2012      Luminant Carbon Management Program Research Review Meeting. Seyyed Hosseini presented a talk titled "Fluid Flow in Porous Media for CO2 Sequestration." Austin, TX
May 22, 2012      Climate Change Subcommittee Greater Houston Partnership (GHP). Sue Hovorka presented “CCS Technology Update” via phone.
May 19-22, 2012.      The 2012 AAPG Southwest Section Convention. Seyyed Hosseini and Jiemin Lu taught a short course "Monitoring, Verification and Accounting (MVA) for CO2 Sequestration and Enhanced Oil Recovery” hosted by the Fort Worth Geological Society. Fort Worth, TX
May 20, 2012      GCCC Students Hit the Road for Summer. Summer is around the corner, and GCCC students are taking advantage of the break from classes to gain-on-the-job training. Click here for the full story.
May 17, 2012     The paper "Analytical model for CO2 injection into brine aquifers containing residual CH4" written by lead author Seyyed Hosseini has been accepted for publication in Transport in Porous Media.
May 15-17, 2012     International Knowledge Sharing in MVA/MMV. Susan Hovorka presented “Cranfield Large Scale Injection-Monitoring 3.5 Million tones Stored." Mobile, AL
May 15, 2012     Congratulations to Katherine Romanak, Changbing Yang, and Sue Hovorka for their presentation at the Annual CCUS meeting, which was selected as one of the top 12 among hundreds. Their work "Monitoring CCS-EOR Systems Using a New Process-Based Leakage Detection Method:Assessment of Allegen CO2 Leakage at the Kerr Farm Weyburn-Midale EOR Field, Saskatchewan" was chosen by conference attendees on the following merits: ground-breaking, insightful, and innovative.
April 30-May 3, 2012      Annual Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Sequestration Conference. JP Nicot presented "Potential Impacts on Carbon Storage of Impurities in the CO2 Stream" and "An Overview of the Sim‐SEQ Project and the Sim‐SEQ Study Site." He also participated in round table with CCS/CCUS leaders called "Recognizing and Managing ‘Risks’ Associated with Development and Deployment of CCS/CCUS: What Has Been Done (or Being Done) to Mitigate Them." Ian Duncan presented "The Nature of Methane Leakage from natural Gas Wells as an Analogue for Shallow CO2 Migration: Does Bubble Transport and Slug Flow in Fractures Dominate?" and "Evaluating Risks of CO2 Transportation: Potential Impacts of CO2 on Human Health." Katherine Romanak presented "Monitoring CCS‐EOR Systems Using a New Process‐Based Leakage Detection Method Assessment of Alleged CO2 Leakage at the Kerr Farm, Weyburn‐Midale EOR Field, Saskatchewan." Seyyed Hosseini presented "Site characterization and reservoir history matching for geological CO2 Sequestration at the S3 site" and "Temperature Monitoring at SECARB Cranfield Phase 3 site using Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) Technology" for author Vanessa Nunez. Pittsburgh, PA
April 22-25, 2012      American Association of Petroleum Geologists 2012 Annual Convention and Exhibition. Andrew Nicholson presented "Fault and Top Seal Strength at Nansen Field, East Breaks, Gulf of Mexico." Long Beach, CA
April 17, 2012     China-Australia Geologic Storage Technical Symposium. Susan Hovorka gave overview of CCUS. Beijing, China
April 5, 2012      Permian CCUS Center. Rebecca Smyth was invited to give talk titled "Shallow Groundwater Monitoring at the SACROC Oilfield, Scurry County, TX: Good News for CCUS" at the Colorado School of Mines. Golden, CO
March 28, 2012      "Sensitivity of groundwater systems to CO2; application of a site-specific analysis of carbonate monitoring parameters at the SACROC CO2-enhanced oil field," by Katherine Romanak, Rebecca Smyth, Changbing Yang, Susan Hovorka, and Jiemin Lu has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control. A sensitivity analysis from SACROC indicates that the concentration of dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) is a strong indicator of CO2 in modeled environments, suggesting that site-specific characterization of an aquifer may not be necessary if DIC is used as the primary monitoring parameter.

GCCC's Jiemin Lu is lead author on a paper published in the Journal of Chemical Geology, "CO2-rock-brine interactions in Lower Tuscaloosa Formation at Cranfield CO2 sequestration site, Mississippi, U.S.A." The authors conclude that the rock in the reservoir at Cranfield is relatively unreactive with CO2. The potential for mineral trapping as well as geochemical changes that might impact freshwater are minimized.
March 23, 2012      Science Night at Fern Bluff Elementary School. GCCC Students Sean Porse and Marlo Gawey presented “What to do about CO2?” Austin, TX

March 19, 2012      The paper "Scoping analysis of brine extraction/re-injection for enhanced CO2 storage" by Seyyed Hosseini and JP Nicot has been accepted for publication in the journal Greenhouse Gas Science Technology.

March 10, 2012      South By Southwest Interactive Conference. Katherine Romanak attended a international forum with women from the Global Women Scholars Network, a research collaborative network funded by the National Science Foundation, and Climate Wise Women, a project of the Earth Island Institute, who were running an interactive multimedia event on women and climate change at the 2012 SXSW conference. Austin, TX
Vanessa Nunez at Petroleum Engineers Club
Climate Wise Women is a group of grassroots women community leaders who travel the globe to share their experiences of living with climate change. Romanak is seated at the head of the table.
March 7-8, 2012      7th Annual Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership Stakeholders’ Briefing. Susan Hovorka led SECARB Cranfield Project – Panel Session. Katherine Romanak led SECARB Cranfield Project – Panel Session. Rebecca Smyth presented "Report on Continued Characterization." Mobile Alabama
March 5, 2012      Visit to GCCC by scientists from Scotland and Taiwan. Stuart Haszeldine, Stuart Gilfillan, and Domokos Gyore from the Scottish Centre for CCS updated information on CCS in the United Kingdom. Shoung Ouyang, Manager at ITRI, presented progress on carbon sequestration activities in Taiwan. Opportunities for collaboration with GCCC were discussed by both groups. Austin, TX

Vanessa Nunez at Petroleum Engineers Club
GCCC staff with Stuart Haszeldine, Stuart Gilfillan, and Domokos Gyore (center) and Shoung Ouyang (left).
March 3, 2012      UT Explore. Yihua Cai, Zahid Khandakar, Gordon Smith, Mary Hingst, Marlo Galwey, Sean Porse, Stuart Coleman, Carlos Puerta, Logan West, Kersten Wallace, and Brad Wolaver provided educational and entertaining activities at the GCCC booth "What to do with CO2." Over 50,000 students and parents attended The University of Texas at Austin's 12th annual campus-wide open house. Austin, TX
February 28, 2012      Carey King Receives Rosenfield Plaque. This one time award was presented to King in recognition of his outstanding work in the field of energy economics for his paper titled, “Energy intensity ratios as net energy measures of United States energy production and expenditures” published in Environmental Research Letters. King described a new method to measure energy return on energy invested (EROI) that can be estimated every year, rather than the previous best method which gave estimates at best every five years. To read the press release describing the work, please click here.

Vanessa Nunez at Petroleum Engineers Club
The Rosenfield Plaque awarded to Carey King.
February 27, 2012    Visit to GCCC by Giorgio Caramanna. Caramanna presented work on natural analogue studies to GCCC staff. Opportunities for collaboration including an upcoming IEAGHG Environmental Impacts workshop and further study on natural analogs of seepage for understanding processes related to CCS leakage were discussed. Austin, TX
February 23 and 24, 2012      Visit to GCCC by John Gale, General Manager of the IEAGHG R&D Programme. Austin, TX
February 7-9      Carbon Management Technology Conference. Katherine Romanak, Vanessa Nunez-Lopez, and Changbing Yang attended. Orlando Florida
February 3 and 6, 2012      Visit to GCCC by Tim Dixon, Manager of CCS and Regulatory Affairs for the IEAGHG R&D Programme. Austin, TX

Tim Dixon visits GCCC and BEG
Tim Dixon of the IEAGHG R&D Programme speaks to GCCC staff.
January 30, 2012    Longhorn Grand Challenges Scholars Program. Katherine Romanak was invited as an expert to present a talk on her research titled "Geologic CO2 Storage" to this group, which is an initiative of the National Academy of Engineering. The students in this program, undergraduates from across campus, are working on ways to face the NAE 21st Century Grand Challenges with innovative research and design projects. For a link to the lecture please click here. Austin, TX
January 25-27, 2012      University of Texas Carbon Capture and Storage Conference (UTCCS-1) In cooperation with the Luminant Capture Program in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Geological CO2 Storage JIP at the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering, GCCC hosted a three-day long meeting for sponsors and stakeholders that included both oral presentations and poster sessions by staff. Austin, TX
January 11, 2012     Visit to GCCC by representatives from RITE, the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth based in Kansai Science City, Kyoto, Japan. The representatives, Kinichirio Kusonose, Ziqiu Xue, and Kochi Takizawa, gave several presentations on CCS in Japan including the Nagaoka CCS injection site and met with GCCC staff throughout the day. Austin, TX
December 17, 2011      The paper "Role of partial miscibility on pressure buildup due to constant rate injection of CO2 into closed and open brine aquifer" by co-author Seyyed Hosseini has been published in the journal Water Resources Research.
December 12, 2011      Kerr-Weyburn Investigation. Katherine Romanak, Changbing Yang, and Brad Wolaver were part of an international team of scientists that investigated allegations of leaking CO2 at a farm in Saskatchewan. Their extensive field and lab work contributed to a 180-page study released by IPAC-CO2, an an environmental, non-government organization. The study found no evidence that carbon dioxide was leaking from geologic reservoirs. “The CO2 injected by Cenovus Energy as part of its enhanced oil recovery project is not the source of CO2 found on the Kerr farm,” said Dr. Carmen Dybwad, Chief Executive Officer of IPAC-CO2. “The levels of natural CO2 we found were normal.” IPAC-CO2 has also released a documentary on the events in Weyburn. Regina, Canada
December 5-9, 2011      American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. Susan Hovorka is invited to give talks, "Test bed for design of commercial monitoring approach – SECARB early test at Cranfield" and "Field testing the role of heterogeneity at the inter-well scale during two phase flow." Katherine Romanak and colleagues Tim Dixon and Ameena Camps present talk, "Natural CO2 Releases Providing Messages For Stakeholders." Hilary Olson, Katherine Romanak, Victoria Osborne, Susan Hovorka, Sigrid Clift, and Amy Castner present poster, "Effective use of Natural CO2-Rich Systems for Stakeholder Communication: CO2FACTS.org." Katherine Romanak, Changbing Yang, and Susan Hovorka present poster, "Process-Based Approach to Carbon Storage Leakage Detection Using Soil Gas Monitoring: Lessons from Natural and Industrial Analogues." JP Nicot presents poster, "Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources in Texas and Other Mining Activities: the Water Challenge." Hilary Olson, Victoria Osborne, Susan Hovorka, Katherine Romanak, Rebecca Smyth; Scott Tinker, and other colleagues present poster, "GIRLTALK: Energy, Climate and Water in the 21st Century." Jiemin Lu, Tip. Meckel, and Ramón Treviño present, "Seal characterization for Miocene-age rocks of Texas Gulf of Mexico." Brad Wolaver, Alexander Sun, JP Nicot, Susan Hovorka, Vanessa Nuñez-Lopez, and Michael Young present poster, "The Effects of Subsurface Heterogeneity on Detectability of CO2 Leakage to Shallow Groundwater Aquifers." Seyyed Hosseini and JP Nicot present poster, "Carbon sequestration in saline aquifers connected to EOR fields: Modelling implications." Julie Ditkof, Tip Meckel, Hongliu Zeng, and Susan Hovorka present poster, "Time lapse seismic response (4D) related to industrial-scale CO2 injection at an EOR and CCS site, Cranfield, MS." Brad Wolaver, JP Nicot, and Mary Hingst present poster, "Behavior of North-Central Texas Paleozoic Aquifers: Geological Controls vs. Surface Water Control." Changbing Yang and JP Nicot present poster, "Performance Assessment of a Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility in Texas." Khandaker Zahid and Susan Hovorka present poster, "Characterizing CO2 storage reservoir for above-zone monitoring." San Francisco, CA
December 5, 2011      MRV pre-workshop event. Vanessa Nuñez organized the pre-workshop, which was sponsored by STORE and TxCCSA, preceding the Annual Carbon Management Workshop. Her talk was titled “Monitoring CO2 retention in an EOR setting: lessons learned from BEG’s MRV projects.” Houston, TX
December 5, 2011      Trans-Atlantic Research to Business: CCS in EOR. Tip Meckel will give talk on monitoring and EOR at a 1/2 day meeting of CCS stakeholders from the UK, Norway, and Canada. Houston, TX
December 2-3, 2011      GCCC/Houston British Consulate Collaborative Technical Workshop. Attendees from Norway, UK, and Canada meet with Tip Meckel and other GCCC staff during a 1.5 day workshop focusing on CCS monitoring and capacity. Austin, TX
December 2, 2011      Petroleum Engineers Club of Dallas. Vanessa Nuñez was invited to give talk "Carbon Storage for Commercial EOR." Dallas, TX

Vanessa Nunez at Petroleum Engineers Club
GCCC researcher Vanessa Nuñez speaks about EOR at the Petroleum Engineers Club of Dallas.
November 27-December 5, 2011      United Nations Climate Change Conference. Katherine Romanak was invited to present a talk titled, "Geologic Carbon Storage; Monitoring and Environmental Impacts," at the Carbon Capture and Storage Association's official UNFCCC side event at COP17. The side event, 'CCS in the CDM', was aimed at informing negotiators and other delegates about various aspects of CCS technology and its potential inclusion in the CDM (Clean Development Mechanism). STORE's Hilary Olson also attended. Olson and Romanak's presence at the meeting in South Africa demonstrates how GCCC and STORE outreach efforts are playing a role in informing international negotiations on carbon capture and storage. Durban, South Africa

UN Climate Change Conference
November 15-17, 2011      NETL Carbon Storage Program Infrastructure Annual Review Meeting. Tip Meckel presents, "Gulf of Mexico Miocene CO2 Site Characterization Mega Transect." Hilary Olson presents, "Sequestration Training, Outreach, Research and Education (STORE)." Michael Young and Ian Duncan attend. Pittsburgh, PA
November 15, 2011      Two new journal articles on CO2 monitoring are authored by GCCC researchers. "Sensitivity of groundwater systems to CO2; application of a site-specific analysis of carbonate monitoring parameters at the SACROC CO2-enhanced oil field," by Katherine Romanak, and Rebecca Smyth, Changbing Yang, Susan Hovorka, and Jiemin Lu has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control. Jiemin Lu is lead author on a paper published in the Journal of Chemical Geology, "CO2-rock-brine interactions in Lower Tuscaloosa Formation at Cranfield CO2 sequestration site, Mississippi, U.S.A." For more information on the papers, please click here.
November 8, 2011      Global CCS Institute Austin Regional Meeting. Ian Duncan presented a talk, Carbon Storage Research" on CCS research results in the Gulf Coast. Rebecca Smyth, Susan Hovorka, and Katherine Romanak attended. The meeting was co-sponsored by GCCC. Austin, Texas
November 1-2, 2011      2011 International Forum on CCS and Energy Storage Technologies. Susan Hovorka attended the conference and presented "Storage Technology in the USA - case studies in monitoring large and small volume CO2 Injections." Taipei, Taiwan

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