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A new study, believed to be the most thorough assessment yet of the natural gas production potential of the Barnett Shale, foresees slowly declining production through the year 2030 and beyond and total recovery at greater than three times cumulative production to date. This forecast has broad implications for the future of U.S energy production…

This FAQ refers to the Bureau of Economic Geology Shale Gas Assessment study described in a Feb. 28 university press release: New, Rigorous Assessment of Shale Gas Reserves Forecasts Reliable Supply from Barnett Shale Through 2030. Who were the team members who conducted this study? Who funded the study? What is the Bureau of Economic…

An updated study from the Jackson School’s Bureau of Economic Geology has found that the amount of water used in the drilling practice known as hydraulic fracturing has risen sharply in recent years as oil and natural gas production has surged. But the 97-page study, lead authored by J.P. Nicot of the Bureau, also found…

This past summer, a team of scientists from the University of Texas at Austin completed the first of a series of expeditions in the Gulf of Mexico surveying potential offshore storage sites for carbon dioxide (CO2). In the process, they tested out a new type of seismic instrument designed to reveal geologic layers and structures…

Geologist Gregg Robertson, head of independent petroleum company First Rock Inc., was named the 2012 Caller-Times Newsmaker of the Year for his role in the development of the Eagle Ford Shale. Corpus Christi Caller Times, December 29, 2012

Austin American-Statesman, November 11, 2012 Featuring: The Bureau of Economic Geology

Perhaps the only positive thing about the 2011 drought in Texas, the state’s worst single-year drought in history, is that it ended up being the mother of all teaching moments. The lessons learned are not pleasant, but addressing them will give the state a fighting chance when the next major drought comes around.

State Impact Texas (NPR/KUT), July 19, 2012 Featuring: Scott Tinker

LiveScience, Christian Science Monitor,, Climate Central, State Impact Texas (NPR), May 28-June 4, 2012 Featuring: Bridget Scanlon

The nation’s food supply may be vulnerable to rapid groundwater depletion from irrigated agriculture, according to a new study by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and elsewhere. The study, which appears in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, paints the highest resolution picture yet of how groundwater depletion varies across…

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