ABSTRACT

The reader might wonder what carbon capture and sequestration might have to do with the environmental impacts of renewable energy. Terrestrial sequestration is the removal of gaseous carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and binding it in living tissue by plants. The urban environment presents important considerations for terrestrial carbon sequestration and global climate change. Geologic sequestration begins with capturing carbon dioxide from the exhaust of fossil fuel power plants and other major sources. Potential environmental impacts associated with terrestrial sequestration include ground disturbance and the loss of soil resources due to erosion; equipment-related noise; visual impacts; air emissions; disturbance of ecological, cultural, and paleontological resources; and conflicts with current or proposed land uses. Development of a geologic sequestration project would result in the need to construct or improve access roads and would result in an increase in industrial traffic. Exploratory wells that end up becoming injection wells would continue to generate noise during the sequestration phase.