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RESEARCH
appropriation was used to install 22 permanent
state-of-the-art seismometers in Texas
and stage another 36  portable monitoring
stations in BEG facilities across the state,
ready for rapid deployment to investigate
key future earthquake activity. The remaining
$1.571 million allocated from the state for the
TexNet initiative helped provide support for a
multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers,
researchers and earthquake experts to gather
data from events, conduct objective research,
and then publish findings.
In conjunction with the formation of the
program, under House Bill 2 as approved by
the legislature, Texas also formed a TexNet
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), a
group of experts appointed by the governor
of Texas that regularly meets with research
leaders to discuss network implementation
plans, research strategies and tactics, as
well as use of funds. The initial group of TAC
members were appointed in March of 2016 by
Texas Governor Greg Abbott. A year later, in
the spring of 2017, the state approved a bill
by House Committee on Energy Resources
Chairman Drew Darby (R-San Angelo), which
made changes to the advisory board for TexNet
to allow for appointments on the board by
other statewide elected officials.
"The TexNet program provides critical data
on the seismic activity in the state," says
Chairman Darby. "This gives regulators the
information and tools they need to understand
how production, disposal and regulatory
actions can affect the subsurface."

In addition to the TexNet Program, UT's BEG
created CISR, an academic and industry
consortium that is taking a multidisciplinary,
trans-college research approach, conducting
fundamental and applied research to better
understand the subsurface processes
and naturally occurring and potentially
induced seismicity.
Geophysicist Timothy Tyrrell observes that the
industry supports "a science-based approach to
understanding seismicity, and TexNet and CISR
are great steps to advance our understanding
of this in Texas." Tyrrell, who also is chair of the
Texas Industry Seismicity Workgroup, points
out that "over a dozen companies have already
joined CISR and are actively involved, providing
data and technical expertise."
As work behind the TexNet program got
underway, the team first focused on learning
more about activity in the Dallas-Fort Worth
Basin. In the early stages, deployment
locations of permanent and transportable
seismic stations were identified for the
region, followed by the installation of station
hardware and software. Using preliminary
data, CISR researchers have already started
to characterize faults, stress, and reservoir
properties and conditions.
In more recent months, TexNet has deployed
the first portable station in the Eagle Ford play
and is finalizing contracting and construction
plans for the placement of the remaining
eight permanent stations. Researchers have
incorporated detailed injection volume data

into the 3D models for the Azle area and are
working on developing flow fluid models of
the Fort Worth Basin.
Meanwhile, research associates involved with
the CISR program also continue to publish
regular reports each month that detail
seismic network installation and operations
updates, offer synopsis of recent seismicity
in Texas and cover recruitment efforts,
partnerships, program research, and related
outreach efforts.

Future Plans
In an Energy Resources Committee hearing
this past summer, Chairman Darby announced
that UT President Gregory Fenves committed
to continue funding of the TexNet program for
the 2018-19 biennium. With funding secured
for future TexNet activities, CISR researchers
are gearing up to shift focus towards the
greater West Texas region. Already, plans are
underway for installation of seismometers
in the Permian Basin, specifically in those
areas where development of unconventional
reservoir systems has greatly increased
in the past several years. Integrated analysis of
the Eagle Ford Shale operating area and other
parts in Texas are expected to follow.
This fall, TexNet will launch a website referred
to as the TexNet Earthquake Portal, to provide
open access to information recorded by TexNet
seismometers. TIPRO will continue to work
with industry and academic partners to
support ongoing research efforts related to
the TexNet and CISR Programs.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Upstream Texas - Fall/Winter 2017

Chairman’s Message
President’s Message
Texas Takes the Lead on Seismicity Research
U.S. Oil and Gas Production and Price Outlook
Special Infographic
Legislative Profile: Texas State Representative Brooks Landgraf
Regulatory Profile: Texas Water Development Board Chairman Bech Bruun
Member Profile: Parsley Energy CEO, Bryan Sheffield
New Members
Advertiser Index
Calendar of Events
Upstream Texas - Fall/Winter 2017 - Intro
Upstream Texas - Fall/Winter 2017 - cover1
Upstream Texas - Fall/Winter 2017 - cover2
Upstream Texas - Fall/Winter 2017 - 3
Upstream Texas - Fall/Winter 2017 - 4
Upstream Texas - Fall/Winter 2017 - 5
Upstream Texas - Fall/Winter 2017 - Chairman’s Message
Upstream Texas - Fall/Winter 2017 - President’s Message
Upstream Texas - Fall/Winter 2017 - Texas Takes the Lead on Seismicity Research
Upstream Texas - Fall/Winter 2017 - 9
Upstream Texas - Fall/Winter 2017 - U.S. Oil and Gas Production and Price Outlook
Upstream Texas - Fall/Winter 2017 - 11
Upstream Texas - Fall/Winter 2017 - 12
Upstream Texas - Fall/Winter 2017 - Special Infographic
Upstream Texas - Fall/Winter 2017 - Legislative Profile: Texas State Representative Brooks Landgraf
Upstream Texas - Fall/Winter 2017 - Regulatory Profile: Texas Water Development Board Chairman Bech Bruun
Upstream Texas - Fall/Winter 2017 - Member Profile: Parsley Energy CEO, Bryan Sheffield
Upstream Texas - Fall/Winter 2017 - New Members
Upstream Texas - Fall/Winter 2017 - Calendar of Events
Upstream Texas - Fall/Winter 2017 - cover3
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