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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:13 PM
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Carbon burial plan for North Sea
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4786736.stm

British and Norwegian oil companies have announced plans to bury carbon dioxide under the bed of the North Sea.

Statoil and Shell plan to take CO2 from a power station in Norway and pipe it to an oil field, where it will be used to force oil to the surface.

The $1.2bn-1.5bn scheme will require major investment from governments.

The process of carbon sequestration is viewed by some as a partial solution to climate change, but can also help companies exploit oil reserves further.

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electropop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:14 PM
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1. Not a bad idea,
if it really works the way they expect.
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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:21 PM
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2. I'm very skeptical of this kind of carbon sequestration.
How do we know for sure that it's stable? What happens some day if it suddenly comes out in one big bubble?
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papau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:36 PM
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4. The CO2 bubble happened in Africa where a village was wiped
out. Scientific American did a report a few years back on the event.

But this was not gas pumped into the ground.

The ground just held the gas and one day it burped.
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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:10 PM
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5. Yes.
I remember that incident. That gas, if I recall correctly, had collected due to volcanic activity; but it's the same principle.
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rfkrfk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:33 PM
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3. this is a charade
Edited on Fri Mar-10-06 02:39 PM by rfkrfk
they're just doing what they want to do,
temporarily boosting pressure in the oil formation,
at somebody else's {the people's} expense.
are European people really stupid enough to
not see thru the scam?

edit, typo
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phantom power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:45 PM
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7. Megadittos. They're doing it already.
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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:38 PM
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6. Here is a much better idea:





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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 05:27 PM
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8. VERY neat idea. I'm surprised he got all the angles to work at once. nt
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