The 2018 John C. Frye Memorial Award in Environmental Geology was presented at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, in Indianapolis, Indiana for the Bureau of Economic Geology Report of Investigations number 283: “Geological CO2 Sequestration Atlas of Miocene Strata, Offshore Texas State Waters”, edited by Ramon Trevino and Tip Meckel. Editors Trevino and Meckel were presented with the award at the GSA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, in November.
The award, co-sponsored by the Geological Society of America (GSA) and Association of American State Geologists (AASG), is given for the best publication in the field of environmental geology published by a state geological survey or by GSA during the past 3 years.
Publications nominated for the Frye award successfully “identify a geologically based environmental issue, provide sound and substantive information pertinent to the problem, relate geology to the issue, and present information directly usable by geologists, other professionals such as land-use planners and engineers, and ideally also by informed laypersons.”
Read GCCC’s original blog post detailing the report here.
The volume compiles the work of ten current and previous BEG researcher authors in seven externally peer-reviewed chapters, and represents a first-of-its-kind publication by synthesizing a range of geologic topics that address the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions through permanent subsurface geologic storage (carbon capture and geologic storage, or CCS). Funding for the work was provided through the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory, Texas General Land Office, and the Gulf Coast Carbon Center at the BEG. It establishes the notion and benefits of offshore CO2 storage and pioneers a petroleum systems approach to understanding the key geologic concepts (storage capacity and retention) for regional deployment. This is the first comprehensive attempt to scientifically advance this topic in the near offshore of the Gulf Coast and United States.