The Kerr Investigation - Where Can We Go From Here?

The Kerr Investigaton - Breaking the Mold on Near-Surface Monitoring

When some Canadian landowners noticed changes in their property, they suspected that CO2 being stored deep underground had begun to leak to the surface. After two different investigations reached opposite conclusions, IPAC-CO2 asked experts from The University of Texas at Austin to undertake an independent investigation. These are the results. For more information visit the page related to this monitoring technique on the STORE website.


References for further investigation: 

Romanak, K., Sherk, G.W., Hovorka, S., Yang, C., 2013, Assessment of alleged CO2 leakage at the Kerr farm using a simple process-based soil gas technique: Implications for carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) monitoring, Energy Procedia, in press. publication link

Romanak, K.D. Bennett, P.C., Yang, C., Hovorka, S., in press, Process-based approach to CO2 leakage detection by vadose zone gas monitoring at geologic CO2 storage sites, Geophys. Res. Letters. publication link

Romanak, K.D., Bennett, P., Yang, C., and Hovorka, S.D., 2011, New Approach to Soil Gas Monitoring: presented at the 7th IEAGHG Monitoring Network Meeting, Potsdam, Germany, June 7-9, 2011. GCCC Digital Publication Series #11-21. publication link