By Centre for Law and Environment , on 29 January 2015
Enhanced oil recovery is a technique for extracting the maximum amount of oil or gas from wells, and has been extensively used in the United States. Carbon dioxide is the preferred choice of substance used in the process, and industry and governments are increasingly considering whether EOR can be combined with long term storage of carbon dioxide for climate change purposes in order to make the whole process more financially attractive. Professor Macrory of the Centre for Law and the Environment was invited by the International Energy Agency to participate in a workshop held in Abu Dhabi on January 20 2015 as part of the World Forum Energy Summit. Professor Macrory’s presentation focussed on legal issues associated with combined EOR and long term storage,particularly on issues of classification and acceptance criteria of CO2 streams.