At an Oklahoma symposium on energy, Chuck McConnell, assistant secretary for fossil energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, said capturing carbon dioxide from power plants and other industrial facilities could boost domestic oil production.
CCS for its own sake, no. Enhanced oil recovery, yes.
The climate change debate isn’t likely to end anytime soon.
Chuck McConnell, assistant secretary for fossil energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, said there is no need to debate the cause of climate change once technology makes it possible to capture carbon dioxide emissions that can be used to fuel enhanced oil recovery operations.
Such technology is being developed now to make carbon capture the right choice for businesses and the environment, McConnell said Monday at the 2012 Improved Oil Recovery Symposium in Tulsa.
More than 800 people were on hand to hear from McConnell and Christopher Reddick, who heads BP’s enhanced oil recovery program, at the five-day conference, which continues through Wednesday. Attendees represent more than 30 countries.
Reddick said the oil industry has been slow to embrace enhanced oil recovery, but there is growing proof of its merits.