CO2 Pipelines in Illinois?


In an effort to combat climate change, Illinois’ governor, Rod Blagojevich, is examining the potential of building a pipeline system that would transport carbon dioxide for sequestration. The proposed system would connect 10 planned coal gasification plants to the state’s aging oilfields. Carbon dioxide would subsequently be pumped underground for permanent storage. According to the governor, this plan would have the added bonus of increasing the states oil production. Companies have long since been pumping carbon dioxide into depleted oil and natural gas fields to increase output. Blagojevich suggested that this process could double Illinois’ current oil production and allow for the extraction of a seven-year supply of natural gas for the state. Although many champion carbon sequestration as a viable climate change strategy, projects of this magnitude make you wonder if resources would be better spent on energy efficiency initiatives and renewable energy development.