Kansas Geological Survey
Open-file Report 2003-33

Current federal energy policy assumes that hydrocarbons will continue to be the primary source of energy for the United States and the world well into the 21st century. However, there is concern about increasing atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and its possible role in global climate change. For this reason, it may become necessary to manage anthropogenic CO2. Sequestering CO2 in geological reservoirs may be one way to safely sequester carbon over long periods of time, if the proper tools to analyze the geological feasibility as well as the associated costs can be developed.

Electrical Energy Generation


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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