Operation of a Public Geologic Core and Sample Repository in Houston, Texas

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In the spring of 2002, the Department of Energy (DOE) allocated an initial 1-year grant to the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) at The University of Texas at Austin (UT). This grant covered the operational expenses for one year of a world-class core and cuttings facility located in Houston, Texas, which was generously donated to BEG by BP America. The DOE investment totaled $300,000, which was matched by a $75,000 contribution from UT. These funds provided crucial support in the first year, greatly supplemented by BP's donation of $7.0 million in facilities and cash. Additionally, the DOE granted a one-month extension and provided $30,000 for the month of May 2003. A 5-year plan is underway to establish a permanent endowment to sustain the facility indefinitely, and progress is on track according to schedule. Named the Houston Research Center, this facility serves as an exemplary model of collaboration between the Federal government, universities, and private entities to achieve national objectives.

This report outlines the activities supported by the initial DOE grant during the first 13 months of operation and offers insights into the facility's activities and requirements for its second year of operation.


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