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Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5021

National Assessment of Geologic Carbon Dioxide Storage Resources—Allocations of Assessed Areas to Federal Lands

By Marc L. Buursink, Steven M. Cahan, and Peter D. Warwick

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Following the geologic basin-scale assessment of technically accessible carbon dioxide storage resources in onshore areas and State waters of the United States, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated that an area of about 130 million acres (or about 200,000 square miles) of Federal lands overlies these storage resources. Consequently, about 18 percent of the assessed area associated with storage resources is allocated to Federal land management. Assessed areas are allocated to four other general land-ownership categories as follows: State lands about 4.5 percent, Tribal lands about 2.4 percent, private and other lands about 72 percent, and offshore areas about 2.6 percent.

First posted April 3, 2015

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Geologic Carbon Dioxide Storage

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Suggested citation:

Buursink, M.L., Cahan, S.M., and Warwick, P.D., 2015, National assessment of geologic carbon dioxide storage resources—Allocations of assessed areas to Federal lands: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5021, 21 p.,

ISSN 2328–0328 (online)




Storage Resources

Lands Description

Assessed Areas


Additional Assessment Information

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