Looking for leakage or monitoring for public assurance?

Feitz, Andrew J.; Leamon, Gregory; Jenkins, Charles; Jones, David G.; Moreira, Andréa; Bressan, Lia; Melo, Clarissa; Dobeck, Laura M.; Repasky, Kevin; Spangler, Lee H.. 2014 Looking for leakage or monitoring for public assurance? Energy Procedia, 63. 3881-3890.

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Monitoring is a regulatory requirement for all carbon dioxide capture and geological storage (CCS) projects to verify containment of injected carbon dioxide (CO2) within a licensed geological storage complex. Carbon markets require CO2 storage to be verified. The public wants assurances CCS projects will not cause any harm to themselves, the environment or other natural resources. In the unlikely event that CO2 leaks from a storage complex, and into groundwater, to the surface, atmosphere or ocean, then monitoring methods will be required to locate, assess and quantify the leak, and to inform the community about the risks and impacts on health, safety and the environment. This paper considers strategies to improve the efficiency of monitoring the large surface area overlying onshore storage complexes. We provide a synthesis of findings from monitoring for CO2 leakage at geological storage sites both natural and engineered, and from monitoring controlled releases of CO2 at four shallow release facilities – ZERT (USA), Ginninderra (Australia), Ressacada (Brazil) and CO2 field lab (Norway).

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Date made live: 08 Feb 2016 14:11 +0 (UTC)

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