CO2 injection study in Sumner County moves into next phase

The Kansas Geological Survey, part of the University of Kansas, and its partners are moving into the next phase of a study to test the safety and effectiveness of injecting carbon dioxide into the ground to produce hard-to-reach oil and to permanently store CO2 deep underground.

The U.S. Department of Energy has approved plans that include drilling wells for enhanced oil recovery and sequestration of CO2 in Sumner County’s Wellington oil and gas field.

The DOE will supply $11.2 million for this phase of the project, in addition to the $11.5 million it has provided since the project started in 2009.

CO2, a natural component of air, is considered a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change as amounts in the atmosphere rise.