That’s why the folks at the Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education at Western Michigan University (WMU) take rocks so seriously.
In fact, WMU researchers have been archiving rock core samples for nearly 30 years in a huge, 27,000-foot warehouse. They use the samples to help energy companies find sites with geological formations that can securely trap CO2—preventing the gas from leaking back into the atmosphere.
Their hard work and dedication has paid off. In late 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded WMU with more than $600,000 toward carbon sequestration efforts.
Congressman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), who this week attended a university press conference about the funding, praised WMU’s research for keeping the coal industry moving and providing consumers with affordable energy, the Western Herald reported.
It’s great to see that WMU’s efforts aren’t going unnoticed. We commend the University on its well-deserved support from the state and federal government, and we’ll be keeping up with its progress.