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Boise tests carbon storage by pumping liquefied carbon dioxide at Wallula, WA, paper mill

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Boise tests carbon storage by pumping liquefied carbon dioxide at Wallula, WA, paper mill

August 07, 2013 - 04:26
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WALLULA, WA, July 29, 2013 (Local News) - The Boise Inc. paper mill may be recognizable for the puffy clouds that billow from its steam stacks every day. But if scientists have their way, the property could become known across the globe for something that's happening under ground there right now.

For the past week, a steady flow of pressurized carbon dioxide has been injected 2,700 feet below the property in the world's first known field test of carbon storage in deep basalt formations.

Battelle researchers based at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are finally getting the chance to carry out a years-in-the-making test they believe could hold an answer to the reduction of greenhouse gases.

Union-Bulletin - Program pumps liquefied carbon dioxide underground