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December 13, 2007

Field Trip! Australia-- Completion of Well

ESD Staffers returned from their field trip (in early October 2007) to Otway, Australia and have these photos to share.

Truss Assembly
Here's what Barry Freifeld (Hydrogeology) had to say about their experience.

"We have successfully landed the assembly in the borehole. The most amazing thing was lifting the entire 120 ft-long bottomhole assembly and dropping it in using a 70-to crane and a 15-ton crane to perform a two-crane-lift over the borehole (see the truss assembly photo).

Truss Assembly
It was a Herculean effort to get everything down in three days but the workover crews were great.

Every few hours a new weather front would come through and dump buckets of water down on us."

{image details: Tom Daley in blue/red jacket with colleagues at Otway.}

Find out more about the project in Otway by reviewing to the GEO-SEQ Project located in the Geologic Carbon Sequestration Program website.

August 21, 2007

ESD's New Geologic Carbon Sequestration Program

ESD decided to review its program areas to determine if the right programs/research themes were being represented within its organization. Within the past few months, what emerged was the Geologic Carbon Sequestration Program (GCS). The GCS was formed from three projects originally in the Climate Change and Carbon Management Program (GEO SEQ, WestCarb, and ZERT). Other projects, including one sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, will also be managed under this new program. Led by Larry Myer and Curt Oldenburg, the GCS is in a position to respond to an increasing research need by DOE and the Western region of injecting carbon underground, and more. For more information contact Curt Oldenburg and look for a reorganized and updated GCS Program website soon. ESD anticipates the logistical details associated with the formation of the Geologic Carbon Sequestration Program to be finalized by October 1, 2007.