Gas Storage Conference Change in Date/Venue

GWREF event to coincide with GWPC Annual Forum in Orlando

The Ground Water Research and Education Foundation (GWREF) technical conference on Gas Storage in the United States dates and location have changed. The Spotlight Series event will now be held in Orlando, Florida and coincide with the GWPC Annual Forum, Sept. 11 - 14, 2016.

The GWREF is still seeking abstracts and expert presenters for the conference. Conference topics will include permiting, well construction, maintenance, testing, monitoring, and plugging and abandonment. Visit to download the call for abstracts. Please direct questions to Ben Grunewald at 405.516.4972.

Other News

Court says BLM lacks authority to regulate fracking

(Energy Wire)

The Obama administration does not have authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing on public lands, a federal judge decided.

In a major blow to the Bureau of Land Management and environmentalists who support stricter fracking oversight, the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming enjoined BLM's years-in-the-making fracking rule, blocking enforcement of the new regulation while the court considers industry and state challenges.

"One of the fundamental questions presented in this case is whether Congress granted or delegated to the BLM the authority or jurisdiction to regulate fracking," Judge Scott Skavdahl wrote, adding later: "At this point, the Court does not believe Congress has granted or delegated to the BLM authority to regulate fracking."

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USGS online mapper provides a decadal look at groundwater quality


A new online interactive mapping tool provides summaries of decadal-scale changes in groundwater quality across the Nation.

About 140 million people—almost one-half of the Nation’s population—rely on groundwater for drinking water. Tracking changes in groundwater quality and investigating the reasons for these changes is crucial for informing management decisions to protect and sustain our valuable groundwater resources

The mapper shows how concentrations of 24 contaminants, such as nutrients, pesticides, metals, and volatile organic compounds, are changing over decadal periods in 67 groundwater networks across the Nation. Each network consists of about 20 to 30 wells selected to represent water-quality conditions in a given geographical area, aquifer, and in some cases, a specific land use.

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Texas Water Development Board adopts 2017 State Water Plan

 The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) unanimously voted to adopt the 2017 State Water Plan.

“The new state water plan projects that Texas’ population will increase more than 70 percent by the year 2070,” said TWDB Board Chairman Bech Bruun, “and the 2017 State Water Plan is our most comprehensive effort to date to ensure we adequately address the water needs of our growing population. The plan contains more than 5,500 strategies that help us conserve the water we have while also creating additional water supplies.”

Conservation strategies are by far the most frequently recommended strategy in the plan, accounting for over one quarter of strategy supplies in 2070.

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Upcoming Events

GWREF Spotlight Series: Natural Gas Storage in the US
September 11 - 14, 2016

Orlando, Florida

Accepting Abstracts, Due June 30

Registration and Hotel Information TBA soon!
GWPC Annual Forum
Co-located with the National Rural Water Associations' WaterPro Conference. 

September 11-14, 2016
Orlando, Florida

Rosen Shingle Hotel

Accepting Abstracts, Due June 27

Register today! 
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