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June 2012

3After the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO) partnered with the publishers of Texas Monthly and the Best Companies Group to recognize the Texas oil and gas industry's exceptional leaders, Bureau Director Scott Tinker was among a select group voted Best Geoscientist. In its inaugural year, the annual award is part of the group’s Texas Top Producers program,and winners will be featured in a special section of the August 2012 edition of Texas 4Monthly. Awardees were chosen by the vote of industry peers and professionals on the basis of leadership, publishing andtestimony, participation in technical and professional societies, mentoring and outreach, and work or studies that have led to the discovery of significant oil and gas reserves.


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Stephaine Lane is the new Program Coordinator for the Bureau’s Reservoir Characterization and Research Laboratory (RCRL). 5She will be providing administrative support for the carbonate research group’s business activities and serving as a liaison between sponsors and theresearch team.Stephaine will be the point of contact for the consortium’s meetings, short courses, and field seminars, and she will help coordinate RCRL’s active student group. Stephainewill also be assisting the Bureau’s Contracts and Grants with communications and logistics for the program’s membership of more than 35 companies. In her fourth year at the Bureau, Stephaine has previously served as assistant to Bureau Associate Directors Ian Duncan and Eric Potter.


AASG 2012 Meeting, Austin, TX The American Association of State Geologists (AASG) convened their 2012 annual meeting at Lakeway Resort in Austin, June 9-14. The Bureau served as host to the more than 150 attending members, associates, honoraries, invited guests, and volunteers during the event themed "Forging New Partnerships." The 5-day business meeting focused on the unified efforts of the nation's state geologic surveys, including the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program, and provided technical sessions on key issues and initiatives. The program also afforded visitors the opportunity to experience some of Texas' best geology, with field trips to Enchanted Rock, LBJ National Historical Park, Canyon Dam Gorge, and Natural Bridge Caverns. On the event's final day, attendees received a full tour of the Bureau and facilities conducted by Associate Director Eric Potter. Among those representing the Bureau were Scott Tinker, Eric Potter, Michael Young, Jay Kipper, Cathy Brown, Sharon Campos, Sigrid Clift, Jamie Coggin, Eddie Collins, Julie Duiker, Emily Hooks, Wanda LaPlante, Bob Loucks, Rob Reed, David Stephens, Jenny Turner, and Chock Woodruff. Field trip to Natural Bridge Caverns


Bridget Scanlon and Bob ReedyA paper published by Senior Research Scientist Bridget Scanlon and Research Scientist Associate Bob Reedy in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences was the source of a recent press release issued by The University of Texas at Austin. Titled “Groundwater Depletion in Semiarid Regions of Texas and California Threatens U.S. Food Security,” the news story calls attention to the results of Scanlon’s extensive study of groundwater depletion in California’s Central Valley and the Texas high Plains—both key regions for agricultural production in the United States. "We're already seeing changes in both areas," said Scanlon. "We're seeing decreases in rural populations in the High Plains. Increasing urbanization is replacing farms in the Central Valley. And during droughts some farmers are forced to fallow their land. These trends will only accelerate as water scarcity issues become more severe." The work by the Bureau scientists is just a small snapshot of a much larger research project at the Bureau examining resource management. Scanlon's Sustainable Water Resources is a collaborative, worldwide program examining a multitude of sustainability issues, including water quality, irrigation, erosion, recharge, and conservation practices. To read the full UT press release, click here.
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Research Associate Brad Wolaver presented a talk on "Water-Energy-Economics Nexus: Water and Economics of Upstream Oil and Gas and Power Industries" on May 24, 2012, at a forum organized by Michelle Foss and Gϋrcan Gϋlen of the BEG Center for Energy Economics. The forum was held at the Federal Reserve Bank in Houston to discuss energy futures and strategies for gas/power linkages. The forum was attended by experts in oil and gas development as well as by leaders in power-generation resource adequacy. The talk highlighted the BEG's research in energy, power, and water, including work by other BEG researchers J.P. Nicot, Bridget Scanlon, and Ian Duncan. In particular, the talk discussed challenges for meeting water-supply needs for the upstream and power sectors in light of drought, regulatory constraints, and a growing Texas population. Possible solutions and ongoing BEG research were also presented, including conjunctive use of surface water and groundwater, brackish groundwater desalination, and aquifer storage and recovery. The outputs from this research will provide input to BEG-CEE's analysis of electric systems associated economic impacts.
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