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By Renée Jean [email protected]
WILLISTON — Horizontal drilling was a big game-changer for the oil and gas sector, making tight oil plays like the Bakken economically feasible at a much lower price. The next game-changer on the horizon, however, might not be game-changing for just oil and gas. It could be a triple play — good for oil, good for coal and good for the environment, too.
The Energy and Environmental Research Center at University of North Dakota has recently been awarded a $2.5 million grant to enhance its data collection in an ongoing study at Bell Creek Field, where enhanced oil recovery using liquified carbon dioxide has been deployed as a viable commercial strategy since 2013.
North Dakota senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, as well as Montana senators Steven Daines and Jon Tester have been among supporters helping make the federal award possible.