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April 18, 2007

Carbon Sequestration Sites Found for Over 3,500 Billion Tons

DOE's Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships on March 27th released the results of a survey that identified stationary sources (including power plants) that produce 3.8 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) each year, as well as sites with the potential to store over 3,500 billion tons of the greenhouse gas. This process of carbon sequestration involves the capture and storage of CO2 that would otherwise remain in the atmosphere for long periods of time. The CO2 is stored in geologic formations, soils, and vegetation or other environmentally friendly forms. DOE's Office of Fossil Energy supports carbon sequestration activities and identifies both sources of emissions and suitable sites for storage, with an eye toward reducing CO2 emissions and preventing a projected one-third increase in U.S. emissions from 2005 to 2030.

The Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership program draws from seven regions in the United States and Canada and consists of more than 400 organizations in 40 states, 4 Canadian provinces, and 3 Indian Nations, including government agencies, universities, and private companies. The results of the survey are detailed in the new Carbon Sequestration Atlas Web site. See the press release from the National Energy Technology Laboratory, the static and interactive Atlas sites, and the Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership Web site.