U.S. Energy Secretary Asks Oil Industry Advisory Council to Exploit Carbon Capture Technology

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is asking an oil industry advisory council to help find ways for oil drillers to use technology that would capture carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants by injecting the carbon dioxide into the ground to help drill for oil.

Perry asked the council Monday to undertake the study as part of a broader review of the country's oil and gas transportation infrastructure for the first time in more than 15 years.

Pipelines would be used to move captured carbon from coal plants to oil fields where the emissions would then be pumped into the ground to help pump for more oil.

Perry called the potential carbon capture utilization "exciting" and mentioned the Petra Nova CCUS (carbon capture utilization and storage technology) project in Texas that will capture more than 5,000 tons of CO2 per day for enhanced oil recovery.

Despite Perry's request that the oil industry advisory council help exploit technology for carbon capture, the U.S. Energy Department has cut funding for research into ways to make carbon capture and utilization commercially viable.