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Carbon Capture & Sequestration Public Workshop
New York City & Washington D.C.

Natural Resources Defense Council and Environmental Defense Fund

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Click HERE for the VIDEO RECORDING of the March 5th, 2009 Workshop in New York City



Click on names or links below to view the presentations
for the March 2009 CCS Public Workshops


James Dooley, Senior Staff Engineer, Joint Global Change Research Institute: Overview of Selected Issues Associated with the Scale of the Climate Change Challenge and the Potential Role of Large Scale Commercial Deployment of Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Technologies (Climate Change:  The Scale of the Task that Confronts Us)

Sally Benson, Executive Director, Global Climate & Energy Project, Stanford University:  Carbon Dioxide Capture and Sequestration in Deep Geological Formations (CCS:  A Primer)

Susan Hovorka
, Principal Investigator, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas:  Key Field Studies and Conclusions

Howard Herzog, Principal Researcher, CCS Technologies Program, Laboratory for Energy & the Environment, Massachusetts Institute of Technology:  Carbon Capture & Sequestration Economics

Julio Friedmann, Leader, Energy & Environment Directorate, Carbon Management Program, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory:  Carbon Sequestration Risks and Hazards: What we know and what we don’t know.  Presentation given by Sally Benson

Gardiner Hill, Director, BP Alternative Energy Global Carbon Sequestration Technology Group:  Carbon Capture & Sequestration: Views from Industry

Caroline Angoorly, Head of Environmental Markets - North America J.P. Morgan, Global Commodities:  Carbon Capture & Sequestration: Views from Industry, Part II

Ronald T. Evans
Senior Vice President, Reservoir Engineering, Denbury Resources:  Carbon Capture & Sequestration: The Enhanced Oil Recovery Story

Tim Bradley – President, Kinder-Morgan CO
2 Company:  Carbon Capture & Sequestration: The Enhanced Oil Recovery Story

David Hawkins, Director, Climate Programs, Natural Resources Defense Council: CCS Policy Needs: Reconciling Coal and Climate (CCS Policy Needs)

Mark Brownstein, Managing Director of Business Partnerships, Environmental Defense Fund:  CCS Policy Context

Stephen Heare, Director, Drinking Water Protection Division, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, Environmental Protection Agency:  EPA’s Geologic Sequestration Rulemaking (Emerging Regulatory Frameworks for CCS)

John Mimikakis, Senior Policy Manager, Environmental Defense Fund:  CCS Policy Perspectives



Please click on links below for further information about Carbon Capture and Sequestration



 Reducing emissions


Carbon Capture & Sequestration in more detail

  • Benson, S.M., and T. Surles, Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage: An Overview with Emphasis on Capture and Storage in Deep Geological Formations, The Proceedings Special Issue, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Vol. 94, No 10, October 2006, DOI 10.1109/PROC.2006.883716.

  • Burton, Elizabeth A., Richard Myhre, Larry Myer, and Kelly Birkinshaw, “Geologic Carbon Sequestration Strategies for California, The Assembly Bill 1925 Report to the California Legislature,”. California Energy Commission, Systems Office. CEC-500-2007-100-SF. 

  • "Carbon Capture and Storage: Making it Happen,” A High-Level Roundtable co-organized by Friends of Europe, The Bellona Foundation and the European Technology Platform for Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants with Support from the Carbon Capture and Storage Association and the CO2 Capture Project, May 2008.
  • “CO2 Capture and Geological Storage: Some Key Principles for Policymakers,” CO2 Capture Project, 2008.
  • Dooley, JJ, RT Dahowski, CL Davidson, MA Wise, N Gupta, SH Kim, and EL Malone, “Carbon Dioxide Capture and Geologic Storage:  A Core Element of a Global Energy Technology Strategy to Address Climate Change," The Global Energy Technology Strategy Program, April (2006). Link:

  • Folger, Peter, “CRS Report for Congress:  Direct Carbon Sequestration:  Capturing and Storing CO2,” Congressional Research Service, January (2007). Link:

  •  Foxall, W., and Friedmann, S.J., “Frequently Asked Questions about Carbon Sequestration and Earthquakes,” Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Energy and Environmental Security Program, 2008.

  • Hovorka, S.D., S. M. Benson, C. Doughty, B. M. Freifeld, S. Sakurai, T. M. Daley, Y. K. Kharaka, Mark H. Holtz, R. C. Trautz, H. S. Nance, L. R. Myer and K. G. Knauss, (2006),. Measuring permanence of CO2 storage in saline formations: the Frio experiment. Environmental Geosciences; June 2006; v. 13; no. 2; p. 105-121; DOI: 10.1306/eg.11210505011.

  • IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme, “Geologic Storage of Carbon Dioxide:  Staying Safely Underground,” International Energy Agency. Link:

  • IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme, “Storing CO2 Underground,” International Energy Agency.  Link:

  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, “IPCC Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage, Summary for Policy Makers and Technical Summary,” IPCC, (2005). Link:

  • MIT, “The Future of Coal: an Interdisciplinary MIT Study,” Massachusetts Institute of Technology, (2007).  Link:






PRESS ARTICLES and other material




New York City, NY

Washington DC

March 5, 2009

March 6, 2009

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Bloomberg National Headquarters

731 Lexington Avenue

Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2322



The Natural Resources Defense Council and Environmental Defense Fund hosted two East Coast workshops exploring issues related to Carbon Capture & Sequestration (CCS).  The first workshop was an all-day event on March 5, 2009 at the Bloomberg National Headquarters in New York City.  The second workshop was a half-day event in U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. on March 6, 2009. It is our hope that these workshops contributed to the public dialogue regarding the role of CCS in lowering greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).

Global climate change is one of the most significant environmental issues of the 21st Century.  Many strategies have emerged to help the nation and the rest of the world reduce the concentration of GHGs in the atmosphere, including increasing energy efficiency, reducing consumption of petroleum-based transportation fuels, increasing renewable energy and sustainable biofuels, and halting deforestation, to name but a few.

CCS has been identified as a potential transitional tool in the climate change mitigation portfolio. The process of CCS entails capturing carbon dioxide (CO
2) from large point sources, such as power plants and refineries, and injecting the captured CO2 into deep underground formations for permanent retention, thereby keeping it out of the atmosphere.  Some have expressed concerns about this process.  Yet considering the need to move as quickly as possible to reduce CO2 emissions, it is important to consider all options and critical for the public, policy makers and investors to understand the technology clearly, its associated risks and the state of our knowledge.

We hope these forums provided an opportunity to bring a diverse audience together for an open discussion on CCS.  As you can see from the agendas, we have assembled top experts on CCS technology, along with other key participants in the policy process and industry, to explore the potential role of CCS in combating climate change and in developing a sustainable energy policy.

The workshops took place as follows:


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