AZGS has published an evaluation of the potential for carbon dioxide storage - geologic sequestration - in the Tucson basin.
The Department of Energy (DOE), including its
National Energy Technology Laboratory and Western Regional Carbon
Sequestration Partnership (WESTCARB), have established national programs
to evaluate the technical feasibility of long-term subsurface geologic
storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) produced by industrial activity, primarily coal-fired power plants and cement plants. The
WESTCARB is a consortium of seven western U.S. States and one Canadian
Province that is one of seven regional North American partnerships
established to evaluate technical aspects of high-volume CO2 capture and
AZGS is evaluating the potential for CO2 sequestration in geologic
formations that are below a level of 800 meters (m) (2,625 feet (ft))
depth below land surface (bls). This evaluation is directed at porous
and permeable geologic formations with impermeable sealing strata in
Cenozoic sedimentary basins in the Basin and Range Province, and
Paleozoic sedimentary formations of the Colorado Plateau. An initial screening of Cenozoic sedimentary basins with significant
depth and volume below the 800 m (2,625 ft) bls level resulted in 10
candidate basins from a total of 88 basins.
EPA has declared CO2 as a pollutant, and utility companies and cement producers among other industrial sources of CO2 will need to find cost-effective measures to capture and store or process the gas if a carbon tax or other restrictions are placed on its production. Geologic sequestration is viewed as having potential to dispose of large volumes of the gas.
Citation: Gootee, B.F., 2012, Geologic Evaluation of the Tucson Basin for Carbon
Dioxide Sequestration Potential. Arizona Geological Survey, Open-File
Report OFR-12-40, 11 p., 2 appendices, 3 plates.
[portions of this post are excerpted from the report summary]