REGINA, Jan. 19 /CNW/ - The Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC),
on behalf of the IEAGHG Weyburn-Midale CO2 Monitoring and Storage Project, today released an assessment of the Petro-Find Geochem Ltd. report
("Geochemical Soil Gas Survey: A Site Investigation of SW30-5-13-W2M
Weyburn Field, Saskatchewan"), which claims that CO2 is leaking from the Weyburn oil field onto the Kerr family farm located
at the southern limits of the oil field. The PTRC is a not-for-profit
independent research organization and is the the technical manager of
the IEAGHG Project.
A complete, and extensive review ofthe Petro-Find report is available
at the PTRC's Website at www.ptrc.ca
Researchers, engineers, geologists and geophysicists involved in the
IEAGHG project have reviewed the Petro-Find report and concluded that it does not support its claim that "CO2 in soils of the Kerr property is clearly the anthropogenic CO2 injected into the Weyburn reservoir". The IEAGHG Project includes researchers from 30 different Canadian
and international universities, research councils, geological surveys,
"The Petro-Find report was examined by experts who have been studying
the Weyburn oil field for more than ten years," noted Dr. Malcolm
Wilson, the Executive Director of the PTRC. "They examined every claim
made in the report, from carbon isotope ratios said to be markers of
the CO2 underground at Weyburn, to discussions of high CO2 readings in the soil, to claims of open faults. They found no data in
the report that can support the assertions that CO2 has migrated
through the geological storage system to the surface."
Dr. Steve Whittaker, senior project manager, noted that the
international research program at Weyburn is the world's largest and
most extensive independent study of CO2 being stored in the sub-surface.
"Soil survey baselines taken before CO2 began to be injected, and numerous published and peer-reviewed
scientific papers, draw into question claims of unusually high readings
on the Kerr property," said Whittaker.
SOURCE Petroleum Technology Research Centre
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