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The Geological Society of London, the world’s oldest and one of its most prestigious geological organizations, has announced it will award medals to two scientists working at the Bureau of Economic Geology, Martin P. A. Jackson, senior research scientist, and Christopher Jackson, senior research fellow. Martin Jackson will receive the William Smith Medal, presented for…

Gas Boom Projected to Grow for Decades

The front page of The Wall Street Journal and scores of media outlets across the country reported that U.S. natural-gas production will accelerate over the next three decades, providing the strongest evidence yet that the energy boom remaking America will last for a generation. The conclusion is based on new research from a team led…

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…

Andrew Smith studies undersea gas vents, large volcano-like features on the seafloor that spew plumes of oil and gas into the ocean. Scientists have long been interested in them because many contain large amounts of gas hydrate, an icy substance made of natural gas and water. Gas hydrates might be mined someday as an alternative…

Will Venezuela continue to subsidize Cuban oil supplies post-Chavez? “The impact of Cuba losing that arrangement would be disastrous,” said Jorge Pinon, an oil expert at the University of Texas’ Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy. CNN, Jan.. 22, 2013 Featuring: Jorge Pinon

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…

In one of the most high-octane meetings since its launch in 2005, the Jackson School’s Latin American Forum on Energy and the Environment drew leaders from nine countries and representatives from across the Americas to Houston last March for a conference dominated by the impact of rising unconventional reserves in the southern hemisphere. Recent estimates…

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

El Tatio: Science for Society

Last year, Suzanne Pierce was selected as one of the first 20 Fulbright Nexus Scholars, a group of early to mid-career experts working to bridge the gap between science research and the needs of society. The program is the newest initiative of the U.S. Department of State. Pierce’s project focused on helping indigenous communities in…

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