Carbon sequestration study to begin in NW Colo

Denver (AP) - A $5 million research project is getting under way to determine if carbon dioxide can be sequestered at an underground site in Northwestern Colorado.

The three-year study is being spearheaded by a group of government agencies, private companies and researchers.

The group said Thursday it has received a $3.8 million grant from the Energy Department to finance most of the work with the rest to be contributed by the group members.

The researchers will evaluate formations about 8,000 feet underground near Craig to determine if they can be used for carbon dioxide storage.

If proven successful, group representatives say the site potentially could be used by power and gas processing plants as well as oil shale production.

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