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News 2019

January 16, 2019: Katherine Romanak presented “Risk assessment on CO2 leakage at CO2 storage sites at the CCS Technical Workshop” in Tokyo, Japan. The workshop focused on risk assessments for geological CO2 storage. Other international speakers included Tim Dixon of IEAGHG, who spoke on the current state of international legislation and regulation on CCS, Josh White of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory who spoke about the progress and challenges of risk management at CCS sites, and Bettina Goertz-Allman from NORSAR who spoke on developments in microseismic monitoring and risk assessment of large-scale CO2 storage. The workshop was organized by the Geological Carbon Dioxide Storage Technology Research Association at the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE) in collaboration with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). There were over 300 attendees to the workshop.


Photo of Katherine Romanak giving a talk about assessing risk at CO2 storage sites in Tokyo, Japan.

Katherine Romanak gave a talk in Tokyo, Japan about assessing risk at CO2 storage sites.

January 3, 2019: Susan Hovorka presented “What To Do With CO2” to the Texas Environmental Education Advisory Committee (TEEAC) during their field day visit to the Bureau of Economic Geology. Feedback was extremely positive from organizational representatives of the Witte Museum, San Antonio and Forth Worth Zoos, LCRA, TEA, TPWD, Westcave Preserve, and several other organizations offering educational programming.


Susan Hovorka shows participants around a table of demonstrations, the molecular structure of CO2

Susan Hovorka demonstrates CO2 capture and storage concepts to K-12 educators using classroom-friendly materials.


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