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ABSTRACT: Overview of the status of geologic carbon sequestration research in the U.S.A.

Beecy, David1, and Vello Kuuskraa2
(1) U.S. Department of Energy, Germantown, MD 
(2) Advanced Resources International, Arlington, VA

Carbon sequestration is a relatively new field of science and technology. However, interest in it has been growing rapidly over the past several years. In 1998, the Office of Fossil Energy and the Office of Science of the Department of Energy jointly initiated an activity to develop a roadmap for carbon sequestration as one new means of addressing climate change concerns. One of the major options is the storage of CO2 in geologic formations. Results of this activity, including a workshop in mid-September 1999 have been posted on the internet, and the process is continuing.

In parallel, a Carbon Sequestration Research and Development Program has been evolving in the Office of Fossil Energy, in partnership with industry, other agencies, and the International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas Research and Development Programme; and a Carbon Management Science Program has been evolving in the Office of Science.

This paper summarizes the progress and findings todate in both the roadmapping and program planning and development, and will provide an indication of future directions. Recommendations will be provided on how to obtain additional information and to join in this global, public/private partnering process.

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90913©2000 AAPG International Conference and Exhibition, Bali, Indonesia