The MRCSP includes a 30-plus member team of state and federal officials, leading universities, state geological surveys, non-governmental organizations, and private companies in the eight-state region of Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
David Ball, Battelle's project manager for MRCSP, said this carbon dioxide sequestration field test draws on several advantages of this site, including the infrastructure for supplying and transporting carbon dioxide due to DTE Energy and Core Energy commercial operations there along with suitable geologic formations for storage of carbon dioxide in the area.
Geoscientists at the Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education at Western Michigan University have concluded from their research carried out for MRCSP that formations throughout the state may contain enough capacity to store hundreds of years' worth of current emission levels from large point sources of carbon dioxide in the state.
In recent years, MRCSP has collected data about Ohio's geology and these studies indicate that the rock foundations around the Burger Plant include porous sandstone layers thousands of feet below the surface with very dense cap rock lying above -- conditions potentially well-suited for safely storing CO2 as the technology is developed.
Over the next four to six months, MRCSP will conduct additional studies at the Burger Plant to confirm its suitability for sequestration.
As part of the MRCSP project, extensive monitoring will be conducted both during and after the injection phase.