Policy: Environment & Energy

Leaders promote using carbon dioxide in oil output

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Gov, Phil Bryant and others are extolling Mississippi as a national leader in using carbon dioxide to extract more oil from old oil fields.

Leaders from elsewhere gathered Thursday in Jackson to discuss expanding what's called enhanced oil recovery. Proponents say it could be a way to increase oil production while at the same time storing carbon dioxide underground, mitigating global warming.

A majority Mississippi oil production today comes from using carbon dioxide in older fields, driven by an underground carbon dioxide source called the Jackson Dome, which piped to fields.

But leaders hope that more and more they can rely on manmade carbon dioxide from sources such as power plants. Mississippi Power Co.'s Kemper County plant is meant to extract carbon dioxide and sell it to oil companies.

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