University of Texas at Austin

The Water-Energy Nexus: Publications

List of publications, publications in review, and reports.


Lu, J., Nicot, J.-P., Mickler, P., Ribeiro, L. H., and Darvari, R., 2016, Alteration of Bakken reservoir rock during CO2-based fracturing--An autoclave reaction experiment: Journal of Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources, v. 14, p. 72-85,

Nicot, J. -P., Scanlon, B. R., Reedy, R. C., and Costley, R., 2014, Source and fate of hydraulic fracturing water in the Barnett Shale: a historical perspective: Environmental Science & Technology, v. 48, no. 4, p. 2464-2471,

Scanlon, B. R., Reedy, R. C., and Nicot, J.-P., 2014, Comparison of water use for hydraulic fracturing for unconventional oil and gas versus conventional oil: Environmental Science & Technology, v. 48, no. 20, p. 12386-12393,

Scanlon, B. R., Reedy, R. C., and Nicot, J.-P., 2014, Will water scarcity in semiarid regions limit hydraulic fracturing of shale plays?: Environmental Research Letters, v. 9, 14 p.,

Nicot, J.-P., Mickler, P., Larson, T., Castro, M. C., Darvari, R., Smyth, R. C., Uhlman, K., and Omelon, C., 2015, Understanding and managing environmental roadblocks to shale gas development: an analysis of shallow gas, NORM, and trace metals: Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, Contract Report prepared for RPSEA, under contract no. 11122-56, 272 p.

Nicot, J. -P., and Scanlon, B. R., 2012, Water use for shale-gas production in Texas, U.S.: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 46, p. 3580‒3586. [PDF]

Nicot, J.-P., Reedy, R. C., Costley, R., and Huang, Y., 2012, Oil & gas water use in Texas: update to the 2011 Mining Water Use Report: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, final report prepared for Texas Oil & Gas Association, 97 p. [PDF]

Nicot, J. -P., 2012, Current and future water demand of the Texas oil and gas and mining sectors and potential impact on aquifers: GCAGS Journal, v. 1, p. 145‒161. [PDF]

Nicot, J. -P., Huang, Y., Standen, A. R., Costley, R., Wolaver, B. D., and Valens, A., 2012, Brown County Brackish-Water Project: Ellenburger and Hickory aquifers as a public water supply: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, contract report prepared for Brown County Water Improvement District No. 1, Brownwood, Texas, 123 p. [PDF]

Paine, J. G., Buckley, S. M., Collins, E. W., and Wilson, C. R., 2012, Assessing collapse risk in evaporite sinkhole-prone areas using microgravimetry and radar interferometry: Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, v. 17, no. 2, p. 75-87. [PDF]

Paine, J. G., and Collins, E. W., 2010, Characterizing oil field salinization using airborne, surface, and borehole geophysics: an example from the upper Colorado River Basin, Texas: Environmental Geosciences, v. 17, no. 4, p. 193-207. [PDF]

Nicot, J. -P., and Gross, B., 2009, Self-sealing evaporation ponds for small inland desalination facilities and containment equivalence concepts in Texas: Desalination and Water Treatment, v. 3, p. 29–42. [PDF]

Nicot, J. -P., 2009, Assessment of industry water use in the Barnett Shale gas play (Fort Worth Basin): Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Transactions, v. 59, p. 539–552. [PDF]

King, C. W., Duncan, I. J., and Webber, M. E., 2008, Water demand projections for power generation in Texas: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, report prepared for Texas Water Development Board, under contract no. 0704830756. Available at:, unpaginated [PDF]

Mace, R. E., Nicot, J. -P., Chowdhury, A. H., Dutton, A. R., and Kalaswad, Sanjeev, 2006, Please pass the salt: using oil fields for the disposal of concentrate from desalination plants: Texas Water Development Board, Report 366, 198 p. [PDF]

Nicot, J. -P., Walden, Steven, and Krishna, H. J., 2006, A desalination database for Texas: a survey of desalination facilities (abs.), in Abstract book of the 2006 Ground Water Summit: National Ground Water Association, p. 61. [PDF]

Nicot, J. -P., and Chowdhury, A. H., 2005, Disposal of brackish water concentrate into depleted oil and gas fields: a Texas study: Desalination, v. 181, p. 61–74. [PDF]

Paine, J. G., 2003, Determining salinization extent, identifying salinity sources, and estimating chloride mass using surface, borehole, and airborne electromagnetic induction methods: Water Resources Research, v. 39, no. 3, p. 3-1–3-10. [PDF]

Paine, J. G., Dutton, A. R., Mayorga, J. S., and Saunders, G. P., 1997, Identifying oil-field salinity sources with airborne and ground-based geophysics: a West Texas example: The Leading Edge, v. 16, no. 11, p. 1603–1607. [PDF]

Publications in review

Energy Reliability Related to Water Availability under Climate Extremes in Texas Robert Reedy, Bridget Scanlon
[Publication in review]

Bridget R. Scanlon, Robert C. Reedy, Ian Duncan, William F. Mullican, and Michael Young
[Publication in review]


RPSEA Report on Paleozoic aquifers

HARC Report on Eagle Ford (J.-P. Nicot)