Tri-State-sponsored carbon sequestration study shows promise

Tri-State public affairs coordinator Sarah Carlisle shows core samples from the sequestration study to KOA radio news reporter Jerry Webb.

A partnership of academic, government and industry interests, including Tri-State, has determined that there is potential for long-term carbon dioxide storage deep below the Rocky Mountains. The research conducted at a test well drilled nearly two miles below the Trapper Mine near Craig, Colo., has yielded core samples that hold important clues regarding the area’s potential for future carbon sequestration activities.

The research is being conducted by the Rocky Mountain Carbon Capture and Sequestration partnership (RMCCS), a group formed in 2009 and comprised of Colorado Geological Survey, Arizona Geological Survey, New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources, Schlumberger Carbon Services, University of Utah, Utah Geological Survey and Tri-State.

“With our partners, we have made progress in evaluating the ability to sequester carbon emissions across the Rocky Mountain region,” said Ken Anderson, Tri-State executive vice president and general manager. “Developing options to manage carbon emissions is important to help manage the risks that come with carbon regulation and ensure consumers continue to have affordable and reliable electricity,” he added.

Preliminary data indicates that northwest Colorado may be capable of safely storing several billion tons of CO2. The RMCC team will continue to analyze the data they have collected to determine the fate of any potentially injected CO2. A full analysis will be ready in mid to late 2013.

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