Secretary Jewell, Deputy Secretary Hayes to Release Ground-Breaking USGS Geologic Carbon Sequestration Assessment

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a teleconference on Wednesday, June 26, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes will join scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to release the first-ever detailed national geologic carbon sequestration assessment. The assessment comes on the heels of a national plan to combat climate change announced earlier today by President Obama.

Researchers are investigating the potential of carbon sequestration to help reduce and mitigate carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to climate change. The most common method of geologic carbon storage involves pressurizing carbon dioxide gas into a liquid and then injecting it into subsurface rock layers for long-term storage. Based on present-day geologic and hydrologic knowledge of the subsurface and current engineering practices, the USGS assessment reported on technically accessible carbon storage capacity in 36 sedimentary basins around the nation.

The teleconference is open to credentialed media representatives by calling 1-888-957-9867 and entering access code: INTERIOR.


Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell

Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes

USGS Energy Resources Program Coordinator Brenda Pierce


Press Teleconference to Release U.S. Geologic Carbon Sequestration Assessment


Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. EDT


Credentialed members of the media can participate in the press teleconference by calling 1-888-957-9867 and entering passcode: INTERIOR.