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Energy officials from across North America met at The University of Texas at Austin Bureau of Economic Geology Dec. 2 and 3 to discuss how the United States, Canada and Mexico can collaborate to advance carbon capture and storage, a key technology to fight climate change and produce cleaner energy. “We’re really proud to host…

Research from The University of Texas at Austin shows that rock salt, used by Germany and the United States as a subsurface container for radioactive waste, might not be as impermeable as thought or as capable of isolating nuclear waste from groundwater in the event that a capsule or storage vessel failed. A team of…

As part of the burgeoning cooperation between the United States and China over climate change, The University of Texas at Austin will host one of China’s top experts on carbon sequestration, a method to store carbon dioxide and fight climate change. Di Zhou of the the South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences,…

U.S. should support basic research

BY KITTY L. MILLIKEN Special to the Star-Telegram Basic research into how our planet operates is an essential investment. That’s why it is alarming that the reauthorization of the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Act of 2007, or America COMPETES Act — passed by the U.S. House in…

Mapping as Mexico Opens for Exploration

MEXICO CITY — Now that Mexico’s potential oil and gas riches are open to outside investment, how does the industry figure out what’s there? North of an east-west line across the Gulf of Mexico are United States waters, where the bedrock deep below the ocean floor has proved to hold vast reservoirs of oil and…

A delegation of high-ranking public officials and oil and gas executives from Argentina visited The University of Texas at Austin on June 3 to share experiences and knowledge on how to safely and sustainably develop the country’s energy resources. The South American country holds the world’s second-largest technically recoverable shale gas reserves and the world’s…

The Williston Basin in north central U.S. produced fewer earthquakes caused by wastewater injection than in Texas, suggesting the link between seismicity and production activities may vary by region, according to a new study published in the journal Seismological Research Letters (SRL). Ongoing since 1950s, petroleum and gas production in the Williston Basin, underlying parts of…

Three Jackson School research projects made The University of Texas at Austin’s list of 16 amazing scientific breakthroughs for 2014. Researchers with the Texas Institute for Geophysics found that part of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is not only being eroded by the ocean, it’s being melted from below by geothermal heat. The team included then…

Every seat was filled at the Houston Four Seasons on Oct. 20 when the Mexican government unveiled information on the oil and gas areas and fields it will make available to private companies in 2015. The historic event, hosted by the University of Texas at Austin’s Jackson School of Geosciences Latin America and Caribbean Program…

Striking It Big With Nanotech

Jackson School researchers are unlocking the mighty impacts of tiny technology for energy development and recovery By Joshua Zaffos The difference between boom and bust in the field of energy development is often a matter of inches and guesswork: An abundant reserve can be tapped—or overlooked—depending on the location of a well and properties of…

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