Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Geosequestration of Carbon Dioxide Faces Opposition

Several proposals have come up for storing carbon dioxide in the ground or the oceans as a way to reduce its emissions to and effects on the atmosphere. In recent hearings before a House committee, a representative of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) raised concern about the effects geosequestration may have on groundwater. The activity has the potential to change groundwater chemistry in ways that may increase the release of metals and inorganic compounds into the water. The organization proposes holding off on commercial geosequestration activities until current pilot projects are completed. You can find the full AWWA testimony here.

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