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HARC Newsletter | May 2016


Wetlands as a Water Strategy
Have you noticed posted warnings about contaminated water at your local creek, bayou or beach?

After heavy rains, it is not uncommon for our local waterways and beaches to experience impaired water quality. State agencies monitor water quality to ensure it is not a threat to humans and aquatic life. Bacteria can cause health concerns for humans and excessive nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus can be problematic for aquatic life because of resulting low levels of oxygen in water (fish and other aquatic animals need to breathe too).
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Cost-Effective Measures to Reduce PM2.5 in Harris County
In 2015 HARC completed a project that identified the primary sources of fine particulate matter or PM2.5 pollutants in Harris County as well as the control measures that can be used to reduce them. Each control measure has a unique efficiency and cost.
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Featured researcher
Carolyn LaFleur
Senior Research Associate, Energy Production
Carolyn LaFleur is a Senior Research Associate at the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) working with the Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems Program. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas, Minnesota and Utah. Her experience includes environmental permitting and regulatory compliance, geotechnics, resource recovery and waste facilities, pollution prevention and water resources projects. Prior to receiving her degrees she worked in offshore oil and gas exploration and production, land surveying and heavy industry.
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Announcements & upcoming events
Wetland Functionality in Response to Development and Energy Exploration and Production Operations: Reaching out to Stakeholders
Erin Kinney will present at the 2016 Society of Wetland Scientists meeting themed “Protecting wetland ecosystem services. Promoting stronger economies.” in Corpus Christi on June 1, 2016.
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RECAP: Webinar CHP in the Oilfield – DOE Southwest CHP TAP
The application of combined heat and power (CHP) for industrial applications is proving to be a great opportunity to reduce energy costs, save money and improve the resilience of oil field operations.
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HARC's EFD Virtual Site featured in Society of Petroleum Engineers' HSE NOW newsletter
HARC's Environmentally Friendly Drilling Virtual Site was featured in the Society of Petroleum Engineers' HSE NOW newsletter.
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IADC Drilling Contractor Magazine publishes feature on Dual Fuel Engine Emissions
HARC's Environmentally Friendly Drilling team published an article in the May/June issue of the IADC Drilling Contractor Magazine on the study of dual fuel engine emissions.
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Watch HARC's webinar on Combined Heat and Power at Industrial Facilities 25
The application of combined heat and power (CHP) for industrial applications is proving to be a great opportunity to reduce energy costs, save money and improve the resilience of the communities.
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Listen to HARC's webinar on Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and Higher Education
U.S. DOE Southwest CHP TAP and IDEA held the CHP and Higher Education Webinar on May 4, 2016.
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Andra Wilcox featured in OilPro New Photoblog Series: Humans of O&G
HARC's Andra Wilcox, Research Scientist, Energy Production, was featured in OilPro New Photoblog Series: Humans of O& G.
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