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CSUB symposium on carbon sequestration tackles promises, challenges, and local opportunities

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Organizer and geology professor Anthony Rathburn says Bakersfield is the ideal location to both host the symposium and develop new carbon sequestration projects due to ample mapping of subsurface rock formations and technical expertise within the region’s oil industry.

One of the tools that California is considering in its fight against climate change is carbon sequestration, which involves pulling carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, pressurizing it into a liquid, and storing it within rock formations underground.

Anthony Rathburn
Anthony Rathburn is chair of the CSUB geology department and interim director of the university's California Energy Research Center.

Today, CSU Bakersfield held a symposium on the technology, not only about its promise and challenges, but also about the feasibility of carrying out potential projects right here in the San Joaquin Valley. To learn more, KVPR’s Kerry Klein spoke before the event with Anthony Rathburn, chair of the CSUB geology department as well as the interim director of the California Energy Research Center, which organized the event.

The symposium took place today, but a recording will be available after the fact.

Kerry Klein is an award-winning reporter whose coverage of public health, air pollution, drinking water access and wildfires in the San Joaquin Valley has been featured on NPR, KQED, Science Friday and Kaiser Health News. Her work has earned numerous regional Edward R. Murrow and Golden Mike Awards and has been recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists and Society of Environmental Journalists. Her podcast Escape From Mammoth Pool was named a podcast “listeners couldn’t get enough of in 2021” by the radio aggregator NPR One.