Midcontinent Interactive Digital Carbon Atlas and Relational Database (MIDCARB)

Kansas Geological Survey
Open-file Report 2002-7


Overall, the CO2 sequestration potential of the Midcontinent states of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, and Ohio is large, but local variations suggest that any carbon management plan will have differential impact. Variations among states must be addressed (e.g., smaller oil and gas industry, but much larger coal industry). The spread of states in the ongoing MIDCARB project has a wide range of populations, industry, agriculture, and fossil energy resources. Each of the five states in the MIDCARB consortium has a different mix and distribution of large, stationary CO2 sources and potential geologic sequestration opportunities. All states have a responsibility to attempt to reduce potential costs, maximize potential revenue, guard public safety, and assure long-term effectiveness of carbon management policies. Carbon management will have significant and differential effects on economic activity and fuels used for energy generation among states and even among regions within a single state. Viable carbon management will need the best local knowledge of local geologic and energy economic conditions.

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Last updated March 2002