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Gulf Coast Ready to Develop Carbon Storage Hub

AUSTIN, Texas — The stage is set for a new carbon storage economy to emerge along the Gulf Coast, according to a study led by The University of Texas at Austin, with the region offering ample opportunities to capture and store carbon, and recent state and federal incentives giving an added push to get started. […]

Ice Age Manatees May Have Called Texas Home

AUSTIN, Texas — Manatees don’t live year-round in Texas, but these gentle, slow-moving sea cows are known to occasionally visit, swimming in for a “summer vacation” from Florida and Mexico and returning to warmer waters for the winter. Research led by The University of Texas at Austin has found fossil evidence for manatees along the […]

Texas Needs to Start Preparing for Possibility of 10-Year Megadroughts

AUSTIN, Texas — Texans need to prepare for a near future that is hotter, drier and fraught with more water extremes, according to scientists. But preparation isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, especially in the face of megadroughts that could be unlike anything the state has seen in the past thousand years. A recent study led by […]

Water Reuse Could Be Key for Future of Hydraulic Fracturing

AUSTIN, Texas — Enough water will come from the ground as a byproduct of oil production from unconventional reservoirs during the coming decades to theoretically counter the need to use fresh water for hydraulic fracturing operations in many of the nation’s large oil-producing areas. But while other industries, such as agriculture, might want to recycle […]

Historical Data Confirms Recent Increase in West Texas Earthquakes

AUSTIN, Texas — A new analysis of historical seismic data led by The University of Texas at Austin has found that earthquake activity in West Texas near the city of Pecos has increased dramatically since 2009. The study, published Nov. 4 in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, is important because it leverages old, […]