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Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership to hold annual meeting in Great Falls, April 18-19

March 26, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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Montana State University's Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership invites the public to attend its annual meeting on April 18-19 at the Best Western Heritage Inn in Great Falls.

The two-day event will cover: power and energy in the West, the Kevin Dome Storage Project in Toole County, global and alternative energy perspectives, technical aspects of carbon storage, economic impacts of energy initiatives and the policies and regulations guiding energy projects. The annual meeting is free and open to the public.

More than 25 expert speakers from energy companies, state and federal agencies, universities, BSCSP, and non-profit organizations will present the latest information on these projects and issues. Participants will have an opportunity to network with energy representatives from national organizations and hear firsthand what Montana's elected officials have to say about energy.

Early registration is requested by Sunday, April 1. To register and view the draft agenda, visit www.bigskyco2.org or call 406-994-3390. To learn more about a particular topic, call Kathryn Watson at 406-994-3390.

The Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership annual meeting is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and donations from project partners.

About the Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership:

The BSCSP is part of MSU's Energy Research Institute. The partnership is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy as one of seven regional carbon sequestration partnerships. The team engages key stakeholders to help determine or identify the best approaches for permanently storing regional carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Big Sky Carbon integrates existing technologies from the fields of engineering, geology, chemistry, biology, geographic information systems and economics to develop novel approaches for geologic carbon storage in our region. The Big Sky Carbon region encompasses Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, South Dakota, eastern Washington and Oregon.

MSU is one of only 108 institutions - out of 4,600 - designated as "very high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, thus placing it among the top 2 percent of research institutions nationwide. MSU offers significant opportunities for research, scholarship and creative work for students.

Contact: Kathryn Watson, outreach and communications director, 406-994-3390, kwatson@montana.edu