PGS: Carbon sequestration

The October, 2012, meeting of the Potomac Geophysical Society will be held October 18th at the Fort Myer Officers’ Club in Arlington, VA ( in the Glassed-in room in the Fife and Drum (main dining room).

National Geologic Carbon Dioxide Sequestration Assessment Project:  by Marc L. Buursink (Research Geologist; & others.

Abstract:  The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 authorized the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to conduct a national assessment of potential geological storage resources for carbon dioxide (CO2) in consultation with the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and State geological surveys.  Beginning in 2008, the USGS developed a probability-based assessment methodology that was extensively reviewed by experts from industry, government and university organizations.  This assessment methodology is currently being used to assess CO2 geologic storage resources at the basinal scale.  The primary project objective is to assess the CO2 sequestration capacity of both buoyant and residual traps in saline formations within the major sedimentary basins of the U.S., specifically including capacity of oil and gas reservoirs and saline formations. In support of the assessment activities, selected areas of research related to CO2 sequestration are currently being conducted at the USGS.

Bio:  Marc Buursink is a Research Geologist at the US Geological Survey (USGS) in Reston, VA working on geologic carbon-dioxide sequestration since 2010.  Prior to this he was a Research Earth Scientist at Chevron Energy Technology Company in Houston, TX since 2006.  At Chevron he worked on basin analysis, on seismic modeling of experimental stratigraphy, and on deep-water Atlantic Canada and Gulf of Mexico exploration.  Previously at the USGS in Storrs, CT and Reston VA, (1990 – 2000), he developed and applied multiple geophysical methods for groundwater resources and surficial geology investigations (primarily in the Northeast and Southwest states).  He earned a B.A. degree in physics and environmental science from the University of Virginia, an M.S. degree in geosciences from the University of Connecticut, and a Ph.D. in geophysics from Boise State University.  In his spare time he enjoys backpacking, volunteer search and rescue, and caving.

Meeting Room and Dining Arrangements: We now meet in the glassed-in room at the back of the main dining room—The Fife and Drum. We order individually from the Club menu, which has a nice variety of dinner offerings. We pay a single bill (I pay it with my Officers Club credit card), so we collect at least $25 from each diner with the agreement, that if one orders more than $20 in food and drink, he adds the amount over $20 to his contribution. The $5 overcharge goes to the Room Fee, Tax, Gratuity, and the Speaker’s Dinner. We collect on the Honor System. We did this throughout the last year, and it worked well. This room change and use of the menu have greatly reduced the loss that we have incurred in the past for having fewer than 20 people dining, and the change has preserved the viability of using the Officers Club for our meetings.

Reception at 6:00. Order Dinner at 7:00. Talk at 8:30 PM. Please note that the meal orders will be taken at 7:00. Allow 15 minutes for security entering Ft. Myer as all civilian vehicles are searched. To ensure access to and from Fort Myer use the Hatfield Gate, open 24 hours a day ( Reservations are not necessary, however, we need a head count, so, if you wish to attend dinner ($25), please inform Bob Fraser at 540-888-3001 or via E-mail at you wish, please feel free to attend the talk without dinner. Non-members and guests are welcome. Visit the PGS web site at for new meeting announcements, etc. Please send changes of address or email


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