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  • Leveraging Enhanced Oil Recovery for Large-Scale Saline Storage of CO₂

    Leveraging the demand for CO₂ from the Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) industry is a critical step to building out a robust ecosystem for large-scale CO₂ storage in saline sites. Frequently asked questions below provide perspective on the role that EOR plays in enabling carbon capture & storage (CCS) technologies to achieve the scale necessary for

  • Cleaning up Power Plants by Recovering Oil: The Game-Changing Climate Strategy

    Even with the Clean Power Plan fully implemented, coal-fired generation is predicted to make up 22 percent of the U.S. power generation mix and natural gas will be 33 percent in 2030. Because fossil fuel-fired power plants are by far the largest emitters of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is causing dangerous climate change, some control […]

  • CCS 101 on Capitol Hill

    This posting originally appeared in the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute (GCCSI) ‘Insights‘ blog. I was recently on a panel at a Capitol Hill briefing held by the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute about the status of carbon capture and storage (CCS) and the need for financial incentives. Held this May in Washington […]

  • Do CO2 Injections Pose Risk of Harmful Earthquakes?

    How common are measurable earthquakes in association with oilfield operations? The answer is: exceedingly rare.  Nevertheless, another scientific paper has raised the possibility of seismic events occurring as a result of injection of CO2 to stimulate new oil production from depleted oil fields.  Since this process, known as enhanced oil recovery (EOR), is a vital […]

  • Carbon Capture and Storage – Why It’s Essential

    EPA’s move last week to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants marks the beginning of an era of widespread use of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in fossil power generation.  Going forward, in the absence of any other technology allowing emissions reductions, all new coal-fired power plants must have systems to capture, transport, […]

  • Obama’s Second Term Climate Priorities

    In recent statements, President Obama has ranked addressing climate change one of his top three priorities for his second term. Win, place or show, the President has already offered up a two-track course forward: first, take immediate action on near-term greenhouse gas emission reductions; and, second, simultaneously launch a conversation on how to put the […]

  • Seismicity and carbon storage: MIT responds to Zoback

    In the December 2012 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a published letter by MIT researchers Ruben Juanez, Howard Herzog and Brad Hagar provides several cogent geophysical counter-arguments to a 2012 PNAS Perspectives piece by Stanford researchers Mark Zoback and Steve Gorelick. The two had questioned the viability of sequestering […]

  • Seismic Risk Won’t Threaten the Viability of Geologic Carbon Storage

    This week’s rumblings against carbon capture and storage (CCS) as a powerful means to mitigate global climate change come not from any natural geological source, but solely from an opinion piece published in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) Perspectives. Despite the arguments of two Stanford geophysicists, however, there is plenty […]