Managing Carbon Dioxide: The Geologic Solution

It’s 1916 in the American Southwest . . . a rumble on the drilling platform . . . wildcatters dive for cover as a cloud of mist explodes from the wellbore . . . natural gas or something else?

What began as a search for oil became the story of geologic CO2, enhanced oil recovery, and geologic CO2 sequestration—a 100-year journey from a drill hole venting CO2 in the desert of northern New Mexico to a technology for managing CO2 emissions from large industrial sources like power plants. This documentary examines the historical time line that produced the idea of geologic sequestration as one of the solutions to address CO2 emissions from human activities.

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"Managing Carbon Dioxide: The Geologic Solution" premiered November 10, 2009, on Prairie Public Television.