Geologic Carbon Dioxide Storage in Wyoming

Wyoming has taken an active approach toward research into the viability of long-term geologic carbon dioxide (CO2) storage. Research for carbon capture technology is ongoing at the University of Wyoming: the Carbon Management Institute was formed to study CO2 storage in the structure of the earth’s crust, and the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute evaluates CO2 storage when the chemical compound is used to enhance oil recovery from the state’s oil reservoirs.

These entities, among others, are striving to maintain coal as a viable resource in Wyoming. Wyoming’s abundant coal resources provide 7 percent of the energy produced in the United States, yet burning coal releases CO2 into the atmosphere. As greenhouse gas emissions face increasing regulatory pressure and public scrutiny, developing the technology to capture, compress, and store CO2 emissions in geologic traps may be fundamental to Wyoming’s future energy economy.

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