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2004-05 Seminars

"An Overview of Carbon Sequestration in Pennsylvania"

John Harper
Geologist Supervisor
Pennsylvania Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey

The Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP), of which the Pennsylvania Geological Survey is a research partner, was formed in 2003 to develop robust solutions that will help reduce CO2 emissions while simultaneously protecting the industrial economy of the region. MRCSP consists of numerous government, industry and academic institutions in seven states, led by Battelle in Columbus, OH. During 2004 and 2005, MRCSP identified sources of CO2 in the region, assessed the problems and costs of carbon capture, identified and mapped potential carbon sinks, and built public and political support for sequestration through a public outreach program (Phase I). If funding continues for Phase II, during 2005-2008 the partnership will focus on developing practical applications through a series of field validation tests (pilot projects) to determine the efficacy of carbon sequestration in specific subsurface geological formations, farmlands, and reclaimed minelands. At the same time, MRCSP will further refine and characterize the data and mapping begun in Phase I. This talk will focus largely on the Pennsylvania Geological Survey’s efforts in Phase I.