This section repeats the material in the Draft Communication Plan Target Audiences: Water utilities in Texas and US Department of Energy (NETL) Research community involved in geologic sequestration Researchers involved in risk assessment of GS sites Regulatory Agencies: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (Public Drinking Water [PDW], Underground Injection Control [UIC] programs) and U.S. EPA Region 6 and headquarters, PDW, UIC Deliverables and Communication Activities: Powerpoint presentations, webcasts, website, peer reviewed publications, short course, standard WaterRF final report. Content: results of this study within context of existing work, impacts of results on groundwater quality, effect of mobilization of elements on water treatment, methodology for characterizing impacts of CO2 on groundwater quality, including modeling, laboratory batch studies, and field studies. The short course will include specific information on potential impacts of CO2 leakage on the quality of USDWs, chemical parameters that are optimal for detecting CO2 leakage in USDWs, monitoring approaches to detect leaks, and modeling analyses to assess proposed sites. The methodologies described in this proposed study can be applied at any proposed CO2 sequestration site and would significantly increase confidence in estimating potential impacts of CO2 leakage and developing an appropriate monitoring program for USDWs. Focus and level of detail will vary with audience. Timing: Short course will be presented at project completion. Presentations will be given at meetings such as the Annual Conference and Exposition of AWWA, the National Groundwater Association, and the Geological Society of America after first year and at project completion. The study results will be published in peer reviewed papers at project completion. We will provide up to two webcasts at completion of the project.
The following provides background information and the tasks.
- Program Overview
- Gulf Coast System
- Regulatory Issues
- Significance to Water Utilities
- Research Approach
- Task 1.0: Laboratory Batch Experiments
- Task 2.0: Modeling Design of Field Push-Pull Tests
- Task 3.0: Conduction of Push-Pull Tests in the Field
- Task 4.0: Modeling of Field Experiments
- Task 5.0: Communication
- Quarterly Reports, Publications, and Data