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US DOE Team to Monitor Carbon Sequestration Project Using Underground Apparatus

While Canadians debate carbon tax and Aussies fight over the emissions scheme, the US Dept of Energy is taking a shot at the controversial carbon sequestration plan. The Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (SECARB), which is a part of the DOE, has set up sophisticated underground apparatus to monitor CO2 injected for an oil recovery program.

DOE to Monitor Carbon Sequestration Project

Apart from being a step towards large-scale sequestration projects, the current study will also assist in evaluating the type of apparatus required to ensure secure storage of carbon dioxide. Approximately 250K-500K metric tons of carbon dioxide will be pumped around 10,000 feet into the ground every year for this sequestration research.

Although CO2 injection isnt that new an approach for Enhanced Oil Recovery, what needs to be tested largely is the safety of the whole process, especially the safety of underground water resources from being contaminated by the injected gases.

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