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Registration opens for the Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership Annual Meeting

July 9, 2009 -- From MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- Registration is now open to the public for the Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership Annual Meeting. This year's meeting will be held in Gallatin Gateway on Sept. 23-24.

Carbon sequestration is the process of storing carbon dioxide -- a greenhouse gas -- either in geologic formations deep beneath the earth's surface or by managing plants, soils and algae that store carbon as part of their life cycles. Keeping that carbon out of the atmosphere will, many scientists believe, help slow the effects of global warming.

The meeting will address key issues related to the science, policy and technology of carbon capture and storage (CCS). Panels of experts will discuss the latest research in carbon sequestration technologies; the economics of CCS; state and federal regulatory procedures; energy policies; carbon sequestration site development; and costs and opportunities in CCS. Both terrestrial and geologic sequestration efforts will be discussed.

Following the panel presentations, audience members will have an opportunity to ask the speakers questions in an open-forum discussion.

The meeting will start at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, and conclude the following afternoon. The meeting is free, but registration is required. Those wishing to attend must register by Sept. 11.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.bigskyco2.org/annual_meeting09.

Led by Montana State University, the Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership is one of seven regional partnerships involved in the U.S. Department of Energy's carbon sequestration program. The partnership's region encompasses Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, South Dakota and the eastern part of Washington and Oregon.

The partnership engages in cutting-edge carbon sequestration research and development; economic and regulatory analyses; public education and outreach; and regional demonstration projects to deploy new technologies. The partnership includes participatory efforts from national laboratories, universities, private research institutions, government agencies and Native American tribes.

Contact: Kimi Nygaard at 406-994-3382 or kimi.nygaard@montana.edu