14 May 2009 — The Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory released a report that provides an initial estimate of the potential to store carbon dioxide (CO2) underneath millions of acres of federal lands.
The report complements DOE’s Carbon Sequestration Atlas of the United States and Canada issued in November 2008.
The report, “Storage of Captured Carbon Dioxide Beneath Federal Lands,” estimates and characterizes the storage potential that lies beneath some of the more than 400 million acres of federal land available for lease. Estimated at between 126 to 375 billion metric tons of CO2, most of this storage potential (about 85 percent) is west of the Mississippi River. That’s also where most of the leasable federal acreage (92 percent) is found.
The report addresses issues such as federal control, location of emission sources, and pipeline rights-of-way, as well as laws and regulations relevant to federal leasing. Last year’s atlas addressed similar issues regarding privately owned acreage capable of storing an estimated 3,500 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide.