The State of Energy Development in Texas and Impacts on Water Resources

Note: This is Session I of IV in the 2014 Next Talk Series on Energy Development in Texas

Description: Overview of energy development activity in Texas; Fracking and other technology; economics; impact on water resources.


Roel Lopez, director for the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, provides leadership in the field of wildlife management, military sustainability and natural resource management. Lopez works with internal and external stakeholders in developing priorities for research and extension programs, develops inter-disciplinary teams for addressing these high priority issues and supports the institutes’ efforts with military interests in support of sustainable ranges initiatives. He is based out of the institutes’ San Antonio office.

Before joining the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources in 2009, Lopez was a professor in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences (WFSC) at Texas A&M University. He continues to maintain a split academic appointment with WFSC.

Dr. Susan Stuver is a Senior Research Scientist with the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources. She has over 25 years supporting the Oil and Gas Industry throughout the US and oversees and was instrumental in the development of a new methodology to estimate emissions for fracturing and drilling operations based on activity data, load factors and fuel consumption rather than worst case estimates.  She was recently awarded a 1.2 million dollar contract that focuses on the development of sound protocols for emissions measurement utilizing open path infrared technology, integrated weather stations and modeling in real time.

As manager of the Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems West Regional Center, Dr. Stuver oversees oil and gas research projects on all shale plays throughout the Western United States.

Dr. Stuver holds a doctorate in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio, a Masters of Science in Environmental Science and GIS Spatial Analysis at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Central Missouri.