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Informational Meeting on Carbon Sequestration Project Set for April 15, 2008
April 4, 2008

GRAND FORKS - The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership has scheduled a meeting to update interested parties regarding its carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration (long-term, underground storage) project in Burke County, North Dakota. The meeting is set for April 15, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. in the Dakota Bank Community Room in Bowbells, North Dakota. All who are interested may attend.

The PCOR Partnership has drilled five wells in an unminable lignite coal seam in Burke County, located in northwestern North Dakota. The project is one of four field validation tests currently in various stages of implementation by the EERC's PCOR Partnership.

This public meeting is a follow-up to a similar one held in August 2007 with the Burke County Commission to introduce the project. Many of those who attended that meeting requested further updates from the EERC as the project progressed.

During the meeting, members of the PCOR Partnership team will update residents on the status of the project and share information about what has been accomplished thus far. The findings relate to coal physical properties, methane content, and potential response of the coal to injection. Future plans for the project will also be discussed.

The lignite field validation test was designed to gather necessary knowledge to facilitate predictions regarding the performance of CO2 sequestration in lignites and gather useful information on the dynamics of simultaneous CO2 sequestration and coalbed methane production.

In August and September 2007, a series of tests were conducted on the wells. Geophysical information on the properties of the subsurface system was collected. In November 2007, operations were shut down for the winter. It is anticipated that activities will resume in April or May 2008, depending on weather and road conditions.

The EERC's PCOR Partnership is one of seven lead organizations in the United States designated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to investigate carbon capture and sequestration options. The PCOR Partnership is funded by DOE NETL and includes more than 85 public and private partners in all or part of nine states and four Canadian provinces in the central interior region of North America.

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For more information, contact: Derek Walters, EERC Communications Manager, at (701) 777-5113 or