A hazardous hidden danger: High levels of carbon dioxide and methane


We all are keenly aware of the ongoing battle globally and in the US House of Representatives and Senate, in terms of passing certain CO2-related rules and regulations surrounding the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.

Both sides pro and con, are hotly debating the subject and of course, much of large industry is hoping for little passage in terms of CO2 emissions control, much of which is driven by the recession; as well as overall economic impact, even in good times.

Around 15% of all US CO2 sources for the merchant markets are derived from natural underground wells; or natural gas separation by-product off MEA, or a similar solvent.

Moreover, many more times this volume of a relatively pure CO2, at least potentially, could be or is now sourced from underground wells, coal gasification, or MEA concentration – which go to the oil patch in terms of an agent used in Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR).

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