Southwest Section AAPG Annual Convention

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BUILDING TEXAS - INSIGHTS FROM THE ‘TEXAS THROUGH TIME’ PROJECT

Abstract

The State of Texas defines brackish groundwater as water having total dissolved solids of 1,000 to 10,000 mg/l. Reserves of groundwater in Texas within this salinity range are estimated to exceed 2 billion acre-feet (∼15.5 trillion barrels). This talk will trace the logging industry's fifty year history of identifying brackish groundwater and review the occurrences of these waters in Texas. Case histories will include utilizing brackish water from the Dockum Aquifer in West Texas for fracing, brackish water in the Lower Rio Grande Valley for drinking water, and brackish water from the Gulf Coast Aquifer for petrochemical plants.