Study of Carbon Sequestration Potential Funded
The Illinois State Geological Survey is the lead organization in a three-year U.S. Department of Energy-funded project to evaluate the carbon sequestration potential of the Cambrian-Ordovician strata of the Illinois and Michigan Basins. This area encompasses most of the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan. This stratigraphic interval underlies much of the central United States and, for some areas, may be the only available carbon sequestration target. A best practices manual for site characterization to be developed during the project will help reduce storage risk by documenting the uncertainties related to fracturing, injectivity, and geochemical interactions for these specific formations. The research consortium is led by the Illinois State Geological Survey and includes Brigham Young University, Indiana Geological Survey, Kentucky Geological Survey, Schlumberger Carbon Services, and Western Michigan University. The project has a total value of $6 million and includes financial support from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.