Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership

Managing Carbon Dioxide: The Geologic Solution

It’s 1916 in the American Southwest . . . a rumble on the drilling platform . . . wildcatters dive for cover as a cloud of mist explodes from the wellbore . . . natural gas or something else?

What began as a search for oil became the story of geologic carbon dioxide (CO2), enhanced oil recovery, and geologic CO2 sequestration—a 100-year journey from a drill hole venting CO2 in the desert of northern New Mexico to a technology for managing CO2 emissions from large industrial sources like power plants.

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"Managing Carbon Dioxide: The Geologic Solution," which premiered on November 10, 2009, is a production of Prairie Public Broadcasting, Fargo, North Dakota, in collaboration with the Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership led by the University of North Dakota's Energy & Environmental Research Center, with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Fossil Energy, DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory, the members of the PCOR Partnership, and the members of Prairie Public. The documentary examines the historical time line that produced the idea of geologic sequestration as one of the solutions to address CO2 emissions from human activities. The 35-minute documentary features the following:

  • The natural occurrence of CO2 in geologic traps deep underground
  • Enhanced oil recovery in West Texas using geologic CO2 from New Mexico and Colorado
  • Enhanced oil recovery in southern Saskatchewan using anthropogenic, or human-derived, CO2 from a coal gasification plant in North Dakota
  • Using the techniques of CO2 enhanced oil recovery to store CO2 from fossil fuel-fired power plants permanently in natural rock formations, deep underground
  • The basics of carbon capture and storage and geologic sequestration and how these strategies can help manage carbon in our world

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