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A guide for assessing the potential impacts on ecosystems of leakage from CO2 storage sites

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  • Pearce, Jonathan
  • Jones, Dave
  • Blackford, Jerry
  • Beaubien, Stanley
  • Foekema, Edwin
  • Gemeni, Vassiliki
  • Kirk, Karen
  • Lions, Julie
  • Metcalfe, Richard
  • Moni, Christophe
  • Smith, Karon
  • Stevens, Michael
  • West, Julie
  • Ziogou, Fotini
12th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT) Date: OCT 05-09, 2014 Location: Austin, TX
12TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON GREENHOUSE GAS CONTROL TECHNOLOGIES, GHGT-12 Bokk Series: Energy Procedia Volume: 63 Pages: 3242-3252 Published: 2014

Evidence to date indicates that leakage is of low probability if site selection, characterisation and storage project design are undertaken correctly. In Europe, the Storage Directive (EC, 2009) provides a legislative framework, implemented by Member States, which requires appropriate project design to ensure the storage of CO2 is permanent and safe. However, it is incumbent on storage site operators to demonstrate an understanding of the potential impacts on surface ecosystems should a leak occur. The RISCS (Research into Impacts and Safety in CO2 Storage) project has produced a Guide to potential impacts of leakage from CO2 storage (the 'Guide'). RISCS assessed the potential effects of CO2 leakage from geological storage on both onshore and offshore near-surface ecosystems and on potable ground water. This assessment was achieved through laboratory and field experiments, through observations at sites of natural CO2 seepage and through numerical simulations. The Guide summarises some of the key findings of the project. The Guide provides information on the best approaches to evaluate potential impacts of hypothetical leakage from CO2 storage sites and to provide guidance on appraising these impacts. This information will be relevant to regulators and operators in particular, but also to other stakeholders who are concerned with CO2 storage, such as national and local governments, and members of the public. (C) 2014 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

Author Keyword(s)
  • Leakage
  • ecosystem impacts
  • CO2 storage
  • risk assessment
ESI Discipline(s)
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Geosciences
Web of Science Category(ies)
  • Chemistry, Applied
  • Energy & Fuels

[Pearce, Jonathan; Jones, Dave; Kirk, Karen; West, Julie] British Geol Survey, Nottingham NG12 5GG, England; [Blackford, Jerry] Plymouth Marine Lab, Plymouth, Devon, England; [Beaubien, Stanley] Univ Roma La Sapienza, I-00185 Rome, Italy; [Foekema, Edwin] IMARES, Wageningen, Netherlands; [Gemeni, Vassiliki; Ziogou, Fotini] Certh, Thessaloniki, Greece; [Lions, Julie] Bur Rech Geol & Minieres, Orleans, France; [Metcalfe, Richard] Quintessa Ltd, Henley On Thames, Oxon, England; [Moni, Christophe] Bioforsk, Oslo, Norway; [Smith, Karon; Stevens, Michael] Univ Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, England

Reprint Adress

Pearce, J (reprint author), British Geol Survey, Nicker Hill, Nottingham NG12 5GG, England.

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • United Kingdom
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