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August 24, 2009

DOE Funds $27.6 Mill. Study of CO2 Storage in Wake of Tar Sands Pipeline Approval

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DOE funds studies to use geologic methods of carbon storage after approving tar sands pipeline.The Department of Energy (DOE) announced today it will fund $27.6 million for next generation carbon capture methods using geologic storage. The funding includes monitoring and evaluating CO2 storage, including risk assessment and verification of sequestration.  Suspiciously, this announcement follows on the heals of last week’s State Department’s approval of a pipeline from Canada’s tar sands to the United States.  The 1,000 mile crude oil pipeline will run from Hardisty, Alberta, to Superior, Wisconsin.

19 projects will be funded by the DOE. John Litynski, sequestration division director at DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, explains:

These projects represent specific areas in monitoring CO2, both in the subsurface and at the surface, that helps to meet our goals to account for 99 percent of CO2 once it’s injected.  We’ve actually been doing monitoring for quite a while — ever since the program started 10 years ago, but we’ve been doing some field activities with the regional partnerships and now we want to make an effort to start looking at verification and accounting protocols after the field work. We’ve selected the new projects to fill in the gaps.

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