Carbon Sequestration Collaboration
Current ongoing carbon sequestration research within the Energy Resources Program involves multiple collaborations with U.S. states. The U.S. map below shows some of the most recent collaborations, as well as the USGS contact information that corresponds to each state. Please note that many states are acting solely as collaborators, and are not under an official agreement:... [+]
The USGS was tasked by PL 110-140 Section 711, the 2007 Energy Independence Security Act, to measure the storage capacity for CO2 within the United States. Sect 711 (c) (2) stated that the Secretary of the Interior, through the USGS, shall "consult with State Geological surveys and other relevant entities to ensure, to the maximum extent practicable, the usefulness and success of the assessment". Therefore, the USGS started a cooperative agreement program with the states to work together to provide relevant data for this project. 33 State geologic surveys or universities entered into cooperative agreements with the Eastern Energy Resources Science Center, 9 regional geologists from the USGS work with the state cooperators to provide guidance for a large-scale picture of the data collection process.
The Geochemistry Laboratory supports Energy Team needs for inorganic and organic analysis and maintains a laboratory information system (LIMS) for geochemical data tracking and sample storage. The lab provides geochemical expertise and analytical support to Federal, State and County agencies, universities and foreign research organizations).
The U.S. Geological Survey Energy Resources Program has developed coal databases to monitor the location, quantity, and physical and chemical characteristics of U.S. coal and coal-related deposits.