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HARC Newsletter | July 2017


Measuring Implementation of Environmentally Sound Practices in the Trans-Pecos Region

For the past dozen years, the EFD program, managed by HARC, has been working with industry, academia, government, environmental organizations and other stakeholders to provide unbiased science to address environmental and societal issues associated with oil and gas activities. As these activities continue to expand across the Permian Basin and the Trans-Pecos Region in particular, HARC-EFD could assist in measuring the implementation of cost-effective, environmentally sound practices, practices that address concerns about land use, water and air. Additionally, HARC-EFD can assist in proactive and/or pre-development activities that aim to minimize and mitigate impacts. HARC-EFD has assisted operators in reviewing their Health, Safety and Environment Management systems to ensure cost-effective, most-applicable-practices have been incorporated.

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Wetlands Friendly Drilling Story Map

HARC scientists developed an online story map to inform the user about the functionality of wetlands in the Texas coastal zone. Datasets include water quality, wetland permits, drilling well locations, wetland elevation, coastal fisheries, and coastal waterbirds. As part of the research and data analysis, HARC partnered with USGS to conduct sediment core sampling; spatial analysis of orphaned wells in proximity to wetlands was conducted to identify potential sampling sites.

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Featured Researcher
Stephanie Glenn, PhD
Program Director, Hydrology and Watersheds
Stephanie Glenn is a Senior Research Scientist at HARC specializing in ecology and hydrology. She is responsible for the development and supervision of projects to improve the sustainable management of water and ecological resources. Current research includes coastal groundwater quality & quantity, watershed protection & surface water quality, and developing ecological tools for management.
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Announcements & Upcoming Events
HARC to join Earth Share of Texas Climate Panel at the 2017 Greater Houston Environmental Summit
As part of its 25th Anniversary celebration, EarthShare of Texas has coordinated the opening panel, “The Hot Topic of Climate Change”, for the 2017 Greater Houston Environmental Summit to be held on August 4, 2017. HARC researchers, Gavin Dillingham and Marina Badoian-Kriticos, will share their expertise on climate resilience and other issues relevant to the region.
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Galveston Bay Report Card Receives Silver Excalibur Award
HARC, the Galveston Bay Foundation and Pierpont Communications received a Silver Excalibur Award from the Public Relations Society of America Houston Chapter for their work on the Galveston Bay Report Card.
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HARC Researcher at 2017 Resilient Cities Summit July 17-19
HARC researcher, Marina Badoian-Kriticos, will participate in the upcoming National League of Cities, Urban Land Institute and U.S. Green Building Council 2017 Resilient Cities Summit July 17-19.
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Optimization of the Diesel Fuel Additive Dosing Level Based on Fuel Consumption & Exhaust Emissions
HARC is assisting Purify Fuel Inc. (PFI), a fuel additive supplier company that engages in developing and manufacturing fuel additive products for primarily diesel and military grade fuels, to evaluate and optimize a diesel fuel combustion catalyst to reduce emissions of regulated and unregulated gaseous elements and emissions of particulate matter associated with compression ignition engines.
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Impact of Nanoparticle Based Diesel Fuel Additive on Air Pollutants: Engine Emissions
To assess the impact of cerium oxide nanoparticles on the environment, scientists at HARC are studying how these nanoparticles affect diesel engine exhaust emissions.
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HARC in the news
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Warming climate could burn Texas’ economy
HARC's Jennifer Ronk, Program Director, Environmental Science and Energy Efficiency, discusses the impacts of warming climate on Texas' economy.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017
While California, New York push hard on clean energy, Texas hopes the market is enough
HARC's Gavin Dillingham, Program Director, Clean Energy Policy, discusses the need for a clean energy business plan for the state of Texas.
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Thursday, June 8, 2017
Delaying The Ozone Standards Hasn’t Stopped Houston’s Progress
KUHF speaks with HARC's Jay Olaguer on Houston's commitment to clean air and ways to reduce ozone.
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017
A Warmer Planet Could Mean Riskier Bets For Outdoor Festivals
“What we expect to see over time is more frequent and more intense weather events. Festivals and people attending them will increasingly have to plan for storms that drop two to four inches of rain in an hour,” said Lisa Gonzalez, HARC's President and CEO.
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