RMCCS Project's Benefits to the Community

The original concept of the RMCCS project was that the Yampa Block/Craig area geologic structure could have regional CO2 storage significance if proven viable. This technology is very interesting for research by university students studying geology. After all, they will be able to work under such a system in the future. Therefore, they are interested to buy coursework paper online about it.

The structure appears to have sufficient capacity and is strategically located such that it might ultimately provide a regional storage facility for a variety of industries that emit CO2. Among these industrial sources of CO2 is the Piceance Basin, 50 miles from the Yampa Block structure.  The Piceance Basin is a large methane-producing area with tens of thousands more wells planned.  The produced methane can contain as much as 22% CO2 that is currently being vented to the atmosphere at several gas processing facilities.  Future capture and compression technology located at the gas processing plants and minimal pipeline infrastructure could utilize the CO2 storage capacity at the Yampa Block site.

Additionally, northern Colorado/Utah is the heart of the richest oil shale deposit in the world. Five BLM/RDD projects are underway and three more have been reviewed, as well as an unknown number of projects on private land.  Extraction processes for oil shale will generate CO2 that could potentially utilize the Yampa Block sink.  A regional sink like the Yampa Block is also likely to attract other CO2-emitting industries to the area.  The number of new jobs that could be generated by all of these existing and future industries is difficult to estimate at this time, but certainly could be well into the thousands based on what has happened to date in the natural gas industry.  A conservative estimate of 1,000 new jobs at the median income level of Moffatt County, Colorado ($56,000; US Census Bureau) translates to at least $56M infused into the regional economy.