Topic Resources

Presentations, white papers, and other documents from sources outside of the IOGCC. IOGCC publications can be found on the IOGCC White Papers tab.


Pore Space Ownership issues for CO2 Sequestration in the U.S. (2009)

Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin, 2009. Ian J. Duncan, Scott Anderson, and Jean-Philippe Nicota. Previous assertions that the ownership of subsurface pore space in states in the US under common law are divided into a majority following the American Rule (surface rights owner owns pore space) and a minority following the English Rule (mineral rights owner owns the pore space) are shown to be inconsistent with case law precedents traced back to 1861.

SECARB Preliminary Evaluation of Offshore Transport and Storage of CO2 (2010)

Southern States Energy Board (SSEB), Annual SECARB Stakeholders' Briefing, March 9, 2010. Sams, Kimberly.

North American CO2 Status (2009)

Doll, Tom, State Oil and Gas Supervisor for Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission; Evans, Tracy, Denbury Resources; Melzer,L. Stephen Melzer Consulting, June 2009.

IOGCC Overview - PCOR Partnership Annual Meeting (2009)

IOGCC, December 3, 2009. Bliss, Kevin. Kevin Bliss, IOGCC’s Washington DC Representative and the Principal Investigator of the CCGS and PTTF Task Force, continues to inform stakeholder groups of the activities of the PTTF and its planned deliverables.

White Papers

Multi-Phase Flow and Trapping of CO2 In Saline Aquifers

Multi-Phase Flow and Trapping of CO2 in Saline Aquifers, Sally M. Benson (2008) Fundamental understanding of trapping and flow of CO2 will be needed in order to take advantage of the potentially large storage capacity of saline aquifers.  The report, Multi-Phase Flow and Trapping of CO2 In Saline Aquifers, summarizes the work done by the Global Climate and Energy Project studying CO2 trapping and flow in saline aquifers. 

Geologic Storage Formation Classifications: Understanding Its Importance and Impacts on CCS Opportunities in the United States

U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, September 2010. This study investigates the geology, geologic reservoir properties and confining units, and geologic depositional systems of potential reservoirs

Policy Brief: Regulating Carbon Dioxide Pipelines for the Purpose of Transporting Carbon Dioxide to Geologic Sequestration Sites (2009)

CCSReg Project, July 13, 2009.  The CCSReg Project is an interdisciplinary project which aims to design and facilitate the rapid adoption of a U.S. regulatory environment for the capture, transport and geological sequestration of carbon dioxide.

From EOR to CCS: The Evolving Legal and Regulatory Framework for Carbon Capture and Storage (2008)

Energy Law Journal, Volume 29, No. 2 (2008). Philip M. Marston, Patricia A. Moore

The United States oil and gas industry has a long experience in transporting, injecting, and effectively storing CO2 in tertiary oil recovery operations usually known as Enhanced Oil Recovery.

Carbon Dioxide Pipelines for Carbon Sequestration: Emerging Policy Issues (2007)

Congressional Research Service, April 2007. Parfomak, Paul W., Folger, Peter. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) published this report in April 2007 for Members of Committees of Congress. The report summarizes new and emerging policy issues related to carbon capture and sequestration (CCS).

Framework for Geological Carbon Sequestration on Public Land

Report to Congress, Submitted to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate. U.S. Department of the Interior in Consultation with the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Geological Survey. Geological carbon sequestration has been discussed as one potential approach to reducing greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. Sequestration of carbon in geological formations on public lands presents many challenges, and it is essential that those challenges be recognized in developing a regulatory framework.

Links and Other Resources

Second IEA CCS Regulators meeting focuses on work done to develop policy and regulations for CCS in different parts of the world.

January 20-21, 2010, Paris, France. The second meeting of the IEA CCS Regulators Network was held at the IEA offices in Paris. The meeting focussed on the work that has been done to develop policy and regulation for CCS in different parts of the world including Europe, North America and Australia.

University College London' Carbon Capture Legal Programme

The University College London Carbon Capture Legal Programme (CCLP), created in June 2007, aims to provide a dedicated, up-to-date, open access and independent resource for the analysis of legal aspects of CCS. The Programme covers legal and policy developments in various jurisdictions, with a view to promoting informed discussion and analysis by decision-makers in government, industry and the wider community. The programme has a page that includes links to legislation passed in the United States and elsewhere.

International Energy Agency: Carbon Dioxide Capture Storage

The International Energy Agency's web site, devoted to the issues surrounding CCS, discusses the importance of CCS, CCS technology status, and CCS legal and regulatory issues, among other things from an international perspective.

NETL: Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships

The United States Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory (DOE NETL) has formed a nationwide network of regional partnerships to help determine the best approaches for capturing and permanently storing gases that can contribute to global climate change. The Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships (RCSP) are a government/ industry effort tasked with determining the most suitable technologies, regulations, and infrastructure needs for carbon capture, storage, and sequestration in different areas of the country.

Presentations -- IEA Web Conference on CCS Outcomes from Copenhagen

Web Conference on the CCS Outcomes from Copenhagen (2010)

International Energy Agency, January 14, 2010. This webinar, presented by the International Energy Agency was held to look at how Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) was featured in the recent round of climate change negotiations in Copenhagen from a number of perspectives.

Carbon Capture and Storage and the Long-term Cooperative Action (2010)

Stig Oyvind Uhr Svenningsen, Assistant Director General of the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, January 2010. The framework convention and a new mechanism for stori

CCS: Indonesian Perspective (2010)

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Reserouces Republic of Indonesia, Lobo Balia, January 2010. Indonesia's contribution to CC mitigation and the availability of large geological storage and natural gas reserves that have significant amount of CO2 content.

A Business and Industry Perspective (2010)

Dr. Luke Warren, January 2010. Dr. Warren reflects on the deployment requirements for CCS, the International regulation of CO2, the International policy outcomes and what Copenhagen delivered.  There is also the outstanding issues to be resolved before CCS can be included in CDM. 

Copenhagen Outcomes: Carbon Capture and Storage in the Clean Development Mechanism (2010)

Wilson, Bruce, Australia Government Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, January 2010.   The world is dependent on fossil fuel as an energy source for t

UNFCCC and CCS Overview up to Copenhagen (2010)

Dixon, Tim Dixon, IEA GHG R&D Programme, January 2010. This presentation discussed the pre 2010 (Kyoto 1st period), past 2010 and IPCC GHG Guidelines. 

Presentations -- 7th Annual EOR Carbon Management Workshop

Federal Indemnification, Stewardship and Insurance Panel EOR Workshop (2009)

Marsh,  December 2009. Swartz, Thomas. This presentation given by Thomas Swartz, Southern Environmental Practice Leader, addresses regulatory drivers of environmental issues, carbon sequestration and associated risks. Also discussed are insurance considerations for CCS and Carbon Sequestration and environmental liability. 7th Annual EOR Carbon Management Workshop in Houston, Texas, December 7-8, 2009.

Commercializing the Greenhouse Gas Benefits from CCS Projects (2009)

Blue Source, December 2009. Driver, KeithKeith Driver, VP of Operations of Blue Source, breaks the issues affecting the commercialization of the Greenhouse Gas benefits from CCS into three categories: Commercial Mechanisms, Technical Considerations and Policy Development. 7th Annual EOR Carbon Management Workshop in Houston, Texas, December 7-8, 2009.

Enhanced Oil Recovery in a Carbon-Constrained World (2009)

Natural Resources Defense Council, December 8, 2009. Peridas, George, Steelman, John. The NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) Climate Center has investigated capture technologies and geologic sequestration since the late 90s and concluded CCS is viable and critical to the political and technical ability of achieving deep emission reductions by 2050.7th Annual EOR Carbon Management Workshop in Houston, Texas, December 7-8, 2009.

CCS Project Development and Public Acceptance Roundtable (2009)

DNV Energy North America, December 2009. Coleman, David, Business Development Leader, Carbon Capture & Storage. Accepting CCS as one of the tools for climate change mitigration.  Presented at the 7th Annual EOR Carbon Management Workshop in Houston, Texas, December 7-8, 2009.

Public Outreach for Projects Storing CO2 in Deep Geologic Formations: Best Practices (2009)

U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), December 8, 2009. Wade, Sarah. Sarah Wade from DOE/NETL provides an overview of NETL's RCSP (Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership) Program. Presented at the 7th Annual EOR Carbon Management Workshop in Houston, Texas, December 7-8, 2009.