RISC Program Information

The Texas Bureau of Economic Geology (Bureau) will serve as the lead institution for RISC. Technical leadership will be shared among the partners, including the Bureau, Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS), Kansas Geological Survey (KGS), New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (NMBGMR), and the Arkansas Geological Survey (AGS). We will interface directly with the Groundwater Protection Council (GWPC) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy.

The GWPC will be the direct contract manager between RISC and the DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), and will facilitate contractual issues and communication between RISC and NETL, as needed and appropriate.

RISC also anticipates collaborating with DOE federal laboratories, and other state geological surveys individually, and collectively through the Association of American State Geologists. RISC also will collaborate actively with state agencies (e.g., the Railroad Commission of Texas, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, etc.) responsible for collecting basic data within state jurisdictions and for respective regulatory oversight, and other groups requesting or collating these data, including researchers, commercial data vendors, and the U.S. Energy Information Administration. RISC will focus on informing the scientific community within the partnering state surveys and those outside of the state surveys who are also engaged in related research.


All-hands and targeted workshops and meetings of the RISC participants will constitute a deliverable in the direct sense. The main vehicle for communicating results from these meetings and research stemming from collaborative activities will be concise technical reports, peer-reviewed journal articles, and white papers that describe potential future activities. The focus on shorter, peer-reviewed outcomes and white papers, versus longer workshop reports, is to enhance the distribution of technical results that more quickly translate into future analyses and potential use in policy decisions. These types of outcomes are expected to be made available through the RISC Library, an online database of peer-reviewed papers, abstracts, presentations and reports that are produced by the RISC members and partners, and that are available to any member of the public.