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Aug 14, 2013 6:40 PM by Sara Donchey

Texas A&M Kingsville to Open New Oil Shale Research Center

KINGSVILLE -- Texas A&M University-Kingsville approved the establishment of the new Eagle Ford Center for Research, Education and Outreach (EFCREO), housed in the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering.

Faculty said the idea for the center came about when students already working in the industry voiced concerns that they needed additional job training.

The center is intended to serve as a source for credible scientific information and an intermediary between the local oil industry, local officials and concerned members of the community.

Students said they were excited and optimistic about the new addition to the College of Engineering.

"I really thought that that just made perfect sense," said Jessica Scnupp, a graduate student. "Since it is a more regional problem and we have the facilities here in order to complete the types of analysis that needs to be done. It is very exciting, and I think, very fitting."

Research will focus on six areas: oil/gas production enhancement, condensate refining process improvement, environmental technology and impacts analysis, sustainable transportation control and development, sustainable community development and planning and public health monitoring.

For information on the EFCREO and upcoming workshops and training opportunities, contact Dr. Jennifer Ren at jianhong.ren@tamuk.edu or center liaison officer Clarissa Torres at 361-593-2798.

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