KU, oil company working on carbon dioxide study

Scientists at the University of Kansas and officials from the Wichita-based oil and gas company Beraxo are cooperating on a continuing study of whether carbon dioxide can be injected into the ground, not only to produce oil but to store carbon dioxide underground, the university said in a prepared statement.

The university, the company, and other partners are getting millions of dollars in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to continue the study. It will in part involve plans to drill wells for oil recovery and CO2 sequestration in the Wellington oil and gas field southwest of Wichita, the KU statement said.

They are working toward a double goal: more oil, and less CO2 in the atmosphere, the KU statement said. Drilling is planned for 2015, the KU statement said.