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Wells in northern Montana mark big step for MSU carbon sequestration research
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An effort to study how to safely store carbon dioxide deep underground took a major step forward this spring when Montana State University researchers successfully drilled a pair of wells in northern Montana. Pictured here is the first of the two wells, both of which reach depths of more than 3,500 feet. Photo courtesy of BSCSP.
Scientists with the Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership, a U.S. Department of Energy-funded study led by Montana State University, test surface water quality in northern Montana. This pond is near the site of series of wells the project will use to test the area's suitability for injecting and storing carbon dioxide into a deep and porous rock layer. Photo courtesy of BSCSP.
This well drill bit was used to drill the nearly 5,000-foot-deep "monitoring" well at the Kevin Dome Carbon Storage Project site in northern Montana. Photo courtesy of BSCSP.
Aluminum sleeves will protect 60-foot sections of rock core samples that Montana State University scientists collected from depths below 3,000 feet in a test well for the Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership. These samples will be further tested and studied at MSU's Earth Sciences' Structural Geology Lab. Photo courtesy of BSCSP.