No geologic evidence that seismicity causes fault leakage that would render large-scale carbon capture and storage unsuccessful
Author(s)Juanes, Ruben; Hager, Bradford H.; Herzog, Howard J.
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In a recent Perspective (1), Zoback and Gorelick argued that carbon capture and storage (CCS) is likely not a viable strategy for reducing CO[subscript 2] emissions to the atmosphere. They argued that maps of earthquake epicenters portray earthquakes occurring almost everywhere, suggesting that Earth’s crust is near a critical state, so that increments in fluid pressure from injecting CO[subscript 2] at 1 to 3 km depth will likely trigger earthquakes within the reservoir and caprock that would be expected to result in leakage of CO[subscript 2] from the reservoirs to the surface.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences; MIT Energy Initiative
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Juanes, R., B. H. Hager, and H. J. Herzog. “No geologic evidence that seismicity causes fault leakage that would render large-scale carbon capture and storage unsuccessful.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109, no. 52 (December 26, 2012): E3623-E3623.
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