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U.S. carbon sequestration study begins

DECATUR, Ill., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium has started drilling to inject carbon dioxide into a test well in Illinois to study carbon sequestration.

The consortium is one of seven regional partnerships created by the U.S. Department of Energy to advance carbon sequestration technologies.

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The test well will help the U.S. Office of Fossil Energy find the best approach to capturing and permanently storing greenhouse gases and other emissions.

The Illinois project will capture carbon dioxide from the Archer Daniels Midland Ethanol Production Facility in Decatur, Ill., compress it and inject it into a deep saline formation more than a mile underground over three years, the Energy Department said.

The injection site is Mount Simon Sandstone, which has an estimated carbon storage capacity of between 27 billion and 109 billion metric tons.

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