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AEP to get grant for C02 burial | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 10 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Dec 5, 2009, titled AEP to get grant for C02 burial | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

American Electric Power will receive $334 million in federal funding to help the company build a large-scale system to capture carbon dioxide at one of its power plants and pump it deep underground.

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Just Wondering

Loveland, OH

#1 Dec 5, 2009
Just wondering. I don't know much about this process, but what would be the effect of a mechanical failure or fracture in the earth causing a massive CO2 leak into the atmosphere? Is a fracture possible given the depth of the storage? I would hope there is some safeguard for a pipe rupturing and causing a release.
Mike

Lancaster, OH

#2 Dec 5, 2009
Considering that CLIMATEGATE, which isn't being covered by the mainstream media, shows that man-made global warming is a FRAUD, this is a humongous waste of money. Carbon Dioxide is a harmless gas. It is plant food.
PC on the TEE

Winona Lake, IN

#3 Dec 5, 2009
$334 million of your money for this Obama foolishness! CO2 remains at about a constant level in the atmosphere. Why do we put up with this stupidity? The Climategate scandal should have put an end to this. Global warming is a hoax. Unfortunately, it is costing us money and many jobs.
SadTaxPayer

Chaska, MN

#4 Dec 5, 2009
Liquefying it requires it to be super-cooled, way below zero. What crazy harm will the temp differential between that and the natural heat of the Earth cause?

This is a waste of millions, a boondoggle, and a political payoff, pure and simple.
PC on the TEE

Winona Lake, IN

#5 Dec 5, 2009
SadTaxPayer wrote:
Liquefying it requires it to be super-cooled, way below zero. What crazy harm will the temp differential between that and the natural heat of the Earth cause?
This is a waste of millions, a boondoggle, and a political payoff, pure and simple.
And why are we letting this happen?
Casey Verdant

Wayland, MA

#6 Dec 31, 2009
Nice to see DOE sponsoring carbon capture projects. AEP's $334 million federal grant will allow for successful carbon dioxide capturing at its plant.

If you’re interested in carbon capture or other green tech, check out http://www.greencollareconomy.com . It has hundreds of case studies on emerging green technology. It's also the largest b2b green directory on the web.
WOW

Point Pleasant, WV

#7 Jun 2, 2011
And yet they seek more money from the public...Modern day pirates

“Happy, warm and comfortable”

Since: Oct 10

Mountain retreat, SE Spain

#8 Jun 2, 2011
2.5 years later:
Carbon Capture, Storage Validation Project at AEP's Mountaineer Plant Succeeds
Although a carbon capture and sequestration validation project at American Electric Power’s Mountaineer Plant in New Haven has succeeded in formal testing, taking the project to a larger, demonstration scale remains uncertain.
http://wowktv.com/story.cfm...
One step forward, ten paces back, and all for the bargain price of $334 million for one small project.
Meanwhile, "Investors need the certainty of federal legislation."
Constructionwork er

Liberty, WV

#9 Jun 12, 2011
SadTaxPayer wrote:
Liquefying it requires it to be super-cooled, way below zero. What crazy harm will the temp differential between that and the natural heat of the Earth cause?
This is a waste of millions, a boondoggle, and a political payoff, pure and simple.
I worked on the carbon capture unit. It's being frozen pumped thousands of feet underground when the gas warms up the carbon stays and the remaining gas returns. As for being a waste I must disagree it gave work to hundreds of local people and will continue to in the future. As for global warming be a hoax maybe so. Aep is the largest company in the U.S if anything it's good to see the EPA force them to spend their money.
Northie

Spokane, WA

#10 Jun 13, 2011
Just Wondering wrote:
Just wondering. I don't know much about this process, but what would be the effect of a mechanical failure or fracture in the earth causing a massive CO2 leak into the atmosphere? Is a fracture possible given the depth of the storage? I would hope there is some safeguard for a pipe rupturing and causing a release.
CCS is a boondoggle to win Dems votes from coal states, and to build wider support for climate protection, but large-scale carbon storage is nowhere near cost effective--nor is likely to ever be.

The need for a huge layer of cap rock to keep the gas buried forever is just the first challenge. You also need a permeable storage layer beneath that, with hundreds of cubic miles of capacity, and the whole thing needs to be reasonably near major cities for cost effective transmission. There are few places in the US meeting all those criteria, and, even if we built them all out at huge expense, we'd still leave 80% of coal-fired power plants spewing their CO2 into the sky. We cannot solve the coal problem until we face the fact that we have to stop burning it, period.

However, neither party can win the White House in 2012 or 2016 without winning major political swing states; nearly all of which, by a perverse twist of nature, are big coal states. Both parties are lying through their teeth to win those states. Republicans are simply denying climate science outright. Democrats are acknowledging the science but waving "clean coal" as an easy fix. Neither is true.

The cost of solving the climate mess is tiny. However, coal will not be part of our energy future, so the costs will fall more heavily on coal producing states, and those states have extra political clout. This is the big dilemma.

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