Texas Tech Researcher to Appear Before State Energy Resources Committee

Danny Reible will testify regarding the recently published results from the Shale Task Force formed by The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas.


Texas Tech researcher Danny Reible will testify before the State Energy Resources Committee at 2 p.m. July 26 in Austin. A live video feed of the hearing can be viewed here.

Reible served on the Shale Task Force under The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) that examined the environmental and community impacts of shale oil and gas development in Texas, releasing a report on its findings in June.

His expertise is in water resources and his research focuses on the transport and fate of contaminants in the environment, their assessment and remediation. With regards to water, the report says more research is needed to increase the usage of poor-quality waters instead of freshwater, helping to increase and ensure an adequate supply of drinking water while also minimizing possible incidences of contamination. It also calls for a need to increase prevention of leaks and spills on or near ground surfaces, which are most likely to contaminate drinking-water sources.

Reible will be one of several members of the Shale Task Force to give testimony before the committee, including TAMEST president Gordon England.

Reible is the Donovan Maddox Distinguished Engineering Chair and professor of Chemical Engineering and Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering in the Whitacre College of Engineering.