By Molly Messick
Laramie, WY – A group of geologists, geophysicists, geochemists and others met last week to discuss a carbon sequestration project taking place in western Wyoming at Moxa Arch. With a one-year, 1.5 million dollar grant from the Department of Energy, researchers from the University of Wyoming and state agencies are trying to answer basic questions about injecting carbon dioxide into the earth's crust. Art Snoke heads the University's Department of Geology and Geophysics. He calls the work 'experimental.' "People have injected fluids into the earth's crust at deep levels," he says, "but the volume we're talking about and to make sure that it's retained and doesn't escape, there's not leakage. That has never been done before."
Researchers and industry partners hope that billions of tons of CO2 could be stored. The Wyoming legislature has established a legal framework for carbon capture and storage during its last two sessions.