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Advancing Carbon Capture and Geologic Sequestration in New York State

John P. Martin1, Amanda D. Stevens1, Robert Singer2, George Rusk2, F. Charles Dayter3, and Rick Victor4
1New York Energy Research and Development Authority, Albany, NY 12203. [email protected], [email protected]
2Ecology and Environment, Inc., Lancaster, New York 14086, [email protected], [email protected]
3F. Charles Dayter, Esq., Valatie, NY 12184, [email protected] 4 Praxair, Inc., Tonawanda, 14150, [email protected]

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is managing a number of carbon capture and geologic sequestration (CCS) initiatives including a statewide assessment for geological sequestration potential, an evaluation of gas shales for potential CO2 sequestration and enhanced gas recovery, a characterization of the geology in two areas of western New York State to further determine the feasibility of geological sequestration, an assessment of the potential for CO2 sequestration in central New York State, and an evaluation of the feasibility of enhanced gas recovery in central New York’s sandstone formations. Another major effort is the Jamestown OxyCoal project, a proposed 50 MWe oxycombustion circulating fluidized bed (CFB) power generating plant with carbon dioxide capture and sequestration. By using biomass as a co-fired feedstock, this power plant can operate with a negative carbon footprint. NYSERDA and the Empire State Development Corporation are working with the project developers to complete the engineering design and analyze the results of a stratigraphic well. NYSERDA is part of an effort to define the key regulatory issues surrounding CCS. While CO2 has long been injected underground for enhanced oil recovery, sequestration for large-scale disposal is a relatively new technology with only a limited number of commercial operations around the world. As such, legal statutes, relevant common law and regulatory framework are underdeveloped and rarely extend beyond basic, first-order issues. These projects are an integral part of New York’s efforts to mitigate the direct and indirect impacts of climate change on the state.


AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90095©2009 AAPG Eastern Section Meeting, Evansville, Indiana, September 20-22, 2009