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  1. Drilling begins to evaluate West Virginia site for carbon sequestration

    New Haven, WV, July 15, 2003 -- Drilling has begun on a 10,000-foot well to evaluate underground rock layers in New Haven, W. Va., as part of a Department of Energy carbon sequestration research project now underway at the American Electric Power (AEP) Mountaineer plant there. Sequestration, the capture and storage of carbon dioxide produced by burning fossil fuels, is one of several climate change mitigation technologies currently being studied by the Department of Energy (DOE) and scientists worldwide. The goal is to reduce carbon dioxide and other emissions believed to contribute to global climate change in support President Bush's initiatives on national climate change technology. "This project marks another step forward in our efforts to improve the environment while still making sensible use of coal, our most abundant energy source in the United States," Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham said. "Maximizing our ability to sequester carbon dioxide through environmentally safe and effective methods is a mainstay of our efforts to reduce our reliance on foreign fossil energy sources. We must continue to find ways to make better use of our own energy resources while still being mindful of the environment, and carbon sequestration is an excellent example of our efforts in that regard." The topic of carbon sequestration was recently the focus of a Ministerial forum hosted by DOE and attended by representatives of 18 countries. At the forum, the attendees signed an international agreement on clean emissions technologies, including carbon sequestration, that sets the framework for international cooperation in research and development for the separation, capture, transportation and storage of carbon as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The 18-month AEP study will determine whether the geology near the Mountaineer Plant is suitable for injection of carbon dioxide deep into the earth, where it can be absorbed and permanently captured. If the site proves to be geologically sound for carbon capture and sequestration, the data from the study will be used to inform simulations, risk assessment and permit applications, and to design the monitoring plans for future steps in the effort. The study is part of a $4.2 million carbon sequestration research project funded primarily by DOE's Office of Fossil Energy and is led by Battelle Laboratories. The project is managed by DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). The drilling and seismic survey were preceded by an extensive effort to inform the plant employees, neighbors, local and state officials and other interested groups about the project. The seismic survey, another step in the research project, were completed last month. To conduct the survey, a crew placed sensitive microphones on the ground and listened to the echoing vibrations created by a specially equipped "thumper" truck. To expand the opportunities for scientists to monitor the vibrations, very small explosive charges may be detonated in shallow holes drilled along the survey route as well. Analysis of the vibrations reveals composition of the rock layers and further assists the scientists in determining if the geography will support carbon sequestration. Mountaineer was chosen as the test site for the project in part due to its location in the Ohio River Valley area, which is thought to be geologically ideal for carbon capture and sequestration. The Ohio River Valley also is home to many fossil fuel-fired electricity generation plants that power the U.S. economy. In addition to AEP, Battelle and NETL, other partners providing financial and in-kind support to the project include BP, the Ohio Coal Development Office, and Schlumberger Limited. Technical support for the project is being provided by experts from NETL and DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, as well as from West Virginia University, the Ohio Geological Survey, Ohio State University, and several other leading research service providers.

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    Tue, 15 Jul 2003

  2. DOE funds Midwest carbon sequestration partnership

    The U.S. Department of Energy awarded $61 million to fund the third phase of the Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP)

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    Mon, 3 Nov 2008

  3. EPA seeks public comment for FutureGen carbon sequestration project

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting public comment on proposed permits for the FutureGen carbon capture and sequestration project in Illinois.

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    Mon, 31 Mar 2014

  4. Bush Administration convenes international carbon sequestration forum June 23-25

    Fourteen country delegations, plus the European Union, will meet here June 23-25 in a forum to discuss reducing greenhouse emissions using carbon sequestration technologies.

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    Thu, 12 Jun 2003

  1. Powerspan, FirstEnergy to test CO 2 capture, carbon sequestration

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    Tue, 30 May 2006

  2. Abraham announces plans to expand DOE's carbon sequestration research

    Secretary of Energy Spencer AbrahamThursday announced that the DOE will move into a new phase of its program to develop carbon sequestration .

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    Thu, 21 Nov 2002

  3. Panel looks at carbon sequestration as way to bridge gap between Kyoto and global carbon management

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report of 1992 included confirmation that perceived changes were occurring to the global climate due to human energy generation and consumption.

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    Thu, 8 Jan 2004

  4. DOE invests $24 mln in carbon sequestration research

    Nine projects will benefit from the U.S. Department of Energy's $24 million grant program aimed at developing innovative and cost-effective technologies to capture the carbon dioxide produced in coal-fired power plants.

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    Wed, 25 Oct 2006

  5. Carbon Sequestration Efforts Advance

    New coal projects designed to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) appear to be on hold pending national legislation that would set standards, laws and regulations for doing so—and also establish a price for carbon.

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    Tue, 1 Jul 2008

  6. AEP carbon sequestration project recognized by Harvard University

    AEP and five other project partners, received the 2003 Roy Family Award from Harvard University recently for their role in developing the Noel Kempff Mercado Climate Action Project in Bolivia.

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    Fri, 4 Apr 2003

  7. carbon sequestration study Georgia Tech

    Because they can remove carbon dioxide from the flue gases of coal-burning facilities such as power plants, solid materials containing amines are being extensively studied as part of potential CO 2 sequestration programs designed to reduce the impact of the greenhouse gas.

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    Fri, 23 Jul 2010

  8. DOE report outlines carbon sequestration methods

    A new document from Department of Energy examines existing and emerging techniques to monitor, verify and account for CO 2 stored in geologic formations.

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    Tue, 17 Mar 2009

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