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CAER Seminars

Carbon Sequestration: Reduction Of Greenhouse Gases and Enhancement Of Oil and Coalbed Methane Production

Speaker:
Sarah Mardon, CAER
University of Kentucky,
Lexington, KY

Date:
Thursday, May 25, 2006 3:00 pm
Ben Bandy Conference Center
UK Center for Applied Energy Research

Abstract:
The oil and coal industries are using carbon dioxide to enhance the production of oil and methane gas. Recently, the federal government has suggested that carbon be sequestered in geologic reservoirs, including coal beds. Carbon sequestration could significantly reduce the atmospheric release of carbon dioxide.

Environmental issues surrounding carbon sequestration have both positive and negative implications. Reservoir characterization is of particular importance in that it often determines whether or not a site has the potential for carbon sequestration. Carbon sequestration projects are currently taking place in the United States and are receiving funds from the US Department of Energy.