Publications and Presentations

Regional Evaluation and Modeling of Sequestration Opportunities in the Gulf Coast

Evaluation of the optimal environments for sequestration of CO2 in the onshore U. S. (project description) identified some of the highest quality sites for geologic sequestration in the US along the Gulf Coast. In this region, a concentrations of population and industry result in high emissions of CO2 (PowerPoint) and degradation of air quality. The same area
is characterized by a thick and regionally extensive wedge of highly permeable sandstones interbedded with shales. These rocks are prolific hydrocarbon producers and are widely used for underground disposal of waste fluids.

To demonstrate the feasibility of using geologic sequestration to reduce air emissions of the byproducts of combustion in the Gulf Coast region, the Bureau is conducting several studies.

Gulf Coast Carbon Center
A working group has been formed to match anthropogenic sources of CO2 with economically feasible sinks such as hydrocarbon reservoirs where recovery could be enhanced by injection of CO2.
[GCCC synopsis in PDF format]
Field Experiment for CO2 Sequestration [Description]
Collaboration with GEO-SEQ
The GEO-SEQ project, led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (http://esd.lbl.gov/GEOSEQ/whatsnew.html), unites the expertise of three national labs with industrial, university, and research group partners to bring diverse skills to reduce the barriers to implementation of geologic sequestration as an option for greenhouse gas reduction. The Gulf Coast is a focus area for this collaboration.