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Fourth EERC Documentary on Carbon Sequestration to Premiere on Public Television
November 9, 2009

GRAND FORKS, North Dakota --- The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota has released the fourth of five planned documentaries focused on carbon sequestration and global climate change. Managing Carbon Dioxide: The Geologic Solution will premiere regionwide tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. (CDT) on Prairie Public Broadcasting (check your local listings).

Managing Carbon Dioxide: The Geologic Solution is produced by Prairie Public Broadcasting, in Fargo, North Dakota, in collaboration with the EERC's Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership. The 30-minute documentary explores the story of geologic CO2, enhanced oil recovery, and geologic CO2 sequestration-a 100-year journey from a borehole venting CO2 in the desert of northern New Mexico to a technology for managing carbon dioxide emissions from large industrial sources like power plants.

"Documentaries such as this are an important tool in educating the public on steps being taken to mitigate climate change," said John Harju, Associate Director for Research at the EERC. "The level of CO2 emissions from industrial sources is growing, but the permanent storage of CO2 deep underground is something that can start to make a difference. This documentary provides insight as to how the practice has been developed and the fundamentals of how it works," he said.

The PCOR Partnership-Prairie Public Broadcasting team has already released three other award-winning documentaries. The first, called Nature in the Balance: CO2 Sequestration, was released in May 2005, and introduced audiences to the capture and long-term storage (sequestration) of CO2 in North America. It won a bronze "Telly" Award for excellence in the category of nonbroadcast film or video production. The second, entitled Reducing Our Carbon Footprint: The Role of Markets, was released in April 2008 and provided an introduction to carbon management and the role of carbon markets in helping to finance projects that will lead to a low-carbon world.

The third documentary, Out of the Air-Into the Soil: Land Practices That Reduce Atmospheric Carbon Levels, released on September 26, 2008, won the Gold Aurora Award in the documentary category for nature/environment in 2009. The film discusses the effects that proper landscape management can have on carbon absorption. Both Out of the Air-Into the Soil and Reducing our Carbon Footprint have won 2009 Communicator Awards for their high level of quality and excellence in communications.

The PCOR Partnership represents more than 80 public and private sector partners located in nine states and four Canadian provinces in the heartland of North America. It is one of seven regional partnerships that make up the Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership Program managed within the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy and implemented through the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). Funding is provided by NETL, the PCOR Partnership members, and the members of Prairie Public.

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Derek Walters