Editorial: Spinning oil potential

The US Department of Energy had an important message to tell about future oil supply, but communication got in the way.On Mar. 3 DOE issued a news release with the headline “New CO2 Enhanced Recovery Technology Could Greatly Boost US Oil.” The first paragraph refers to studies finding that, through “state-of-the-art” enhanced oil recovery, “89 billion bbl or more could eventually be added to the current US proven reserves of 21.4 billion bbl.” The next paragraph quotes Energy Sec. Samuel W. Bodman hailing CO2 sequestration-injection of the greenhouse gas into subsurface reservoirs for both storage and EOR.The strong impression is that CO2 injection and ...

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