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Hurdles exist using CO2 to boost oil output in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Houston research firm says significant barriers exist in using carbon dioxide to enhance oil recovery in North Dakota. But HIS Inc. geologist Curtis Smith told the North Dakota Legislature’s interim Taxation Committee on Wednesday that the “long-term prize” for the state could be billions of extra barrels of oil. The interim legislative committee is considering ...

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Shell Canada carbon capture likely last to get Alberta subsidies

CALGARY, Alberta – Royal Dutch Shell’s launch on Friday of Canada’s first oil sands project to capture and bury carbon emissions – assisted by generous public subsidies – will likely be the last to get such funding, the Alberta government said this week. The left-leaning New Democratic government of the energy-rich Western Canadian province, home to the country’s controversial oil ...

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NMSU researcher creates material to help slow climate change

A New Mexico State University researcher has invented a new material he says can effectively capture and remove carbon dioxide from the air, a critical step in slowing climate change. Carbon dioxide is a major greenhouse gas, along with methane, that climate scientists blame for a global warming trend. Removing carbon dioxide generated by burning fossil fuels, especially in power ...

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Clean energy suffers along with O&G

Oil and gas aren’t the only energy industries taking a hit from the oil slump; low oil and gas prices have driven down demand for renewable energy sources as well, according to BizWest. Last year’s $100-per-barrel oil prices last summer prompted interest in clean energy, but the current low cost hovering around $50 per barrel for fossil fuels has since ...

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Montana and Wyoming see EPA coal rules differently

WHEATLAND, Wyo. — Like many residents here, Dan Brecht boasts a personal connection to the Laramie River Power Station. Several relatives have, at various points, worked at the coal plant on the outskirts of town. His sister’s family moved back to Wheatland after the plant was built in 1980. He sees the facility as vital to the local economy. Laramie ...

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CO2 Conference plans 20th annual session

More than 30 years ago, operators were seeking a new oil recovery method more effective than the waterflooding that was bringing additional crude to the surface. Operators turned to carbon dioxide (CO2) as a tertiary recovery method and now an additional 190,000 barrels a day comes from enhanced oil recovery projects. But today’s rapid technological advances are impacting enhanced oil ...

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Petra Nova project breaks ground on world’s largest post-combustion carbon capture project

U.S. Energy Department A coal-fired power plant in Texas is on its way to capturing 1.4 million tons of CO2 that previously would have been released into the air. Rather than building an entirely new facility, the Petra Nova project will apply carbon capture technology to an existing coal-fired power plant — helping to advance the technologies that enable cleaner, safer and more ...

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Natural gas could be a help instead of a waste


By Amy Dalrymple, InForum WILLISTON — Natural gas that is flared today could one day be used to extract more oil from the Bakken. The Energy and Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota is in the early stages of studying enhanced oil recovery using natural gas. “We’re actually very encouraged about this at this point,” said John Harju, ...

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