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     tions. Knowledge and understanding of these safeguards by all concerned are of great importance. Further information is outlined under the final section in this chapter, Best Practices.

Carbon Capture and Storage


1. The only long-term (~14 years) commercial CO2 sequestration project in the world at the Sleipner field off the shore of Norway is of a small scale relative to commercial projects proposed in the United States. Extensive seismic monitoring at this offshore site has not indicated any significant induced seismicity.

2. Proposed injection volumes of liquid CO2 in large-scale sequestration projects (> 1 million metric tonnes per year) are much larger than those associated with the other energy technologies currently being considered. There is no experience with fluid injection at these large scales and little data on seismicity associated with CO2 pilot projects. If the reservoirs behave in a similar manner to oil and gas fields, these large volumes have the potential to increase the pore pressure over vast areas. Relative to other technologies, such large affected areas may have the potential to increase both the number and the magnitude of seismic events.

3. CO2 has the potential to react with the host/adjacent rock and cause mineral precipitation or dissolution. The effects of these reactions on potential seismic events are not understood.


1. The short- and long-term effects of supercritical CO2 in influencing rock strength and rock slip strength are not well understood.

2. The potential earthquake magnitudes that can be induced by the injection volumes being proposed for CCS are not known.

3. The complexities of hydrochemical-mechanical effects on CO2 injection and storage are not thoroughly understood.


Because of the lack of experience with large-scale fluid injection for CCS, continued research supported by the federal government is needed on the potential for induced seismicity in large-scale CCS projects. Some specific research recommendations are outlined in Box 7.1. As part of a continued research effort, collaboration between federal agencies

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