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Dr. Steven Kaczmarek



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The most recent Paris climate talks emphasized the importance of reducing carbon dioxide pollution associated with burning fossil fuels. In an attempt to mitigate CO2 emissions, carbon capture and storage (CCS), which is a process by which CO2 is pulled from a smokestack before it is released into our atmosphere and buried deep underground, is currently underway in Otsego County, Michigan. In order to safely and effectively store CO2 into deep geologic formations, it is critical to gain a better understanding for the geologic “storage tank” in which these fluids will be stored. As part of this research effort, CO2 flooding of reservoirs has been proven to be an effective means to increase the recovery of oil bypassed during primary production. In Michigan, the juxtaposition of the Devonian Antrim Shale natural gas trend, one that contains high levels of associated CO2, with the mature Niagaran (Silurian) reef oil play, has led to opportunities of combined enhanced oil recovery efforts with the geological sequestration of CO2.