October 14 Technical Luncheon

  • October 14, 2021
  • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
  • McNellie's Public House - Downtown Tulsa


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Hi All!

Bit of a different talk this time, topic is CO2.  One way to view O&G exploration is how we characterize a subsurface, porous system with varied fluid composition and pressures capable of fluid flow.  CO2 sequestration is the same process run in reverse?  Very similar geophysical skill set but a different application.  Come hear Ms. Shanon Phillips (Oklahoma Conservation Commission - Water Quality Division Director) present on Oklahoma CO2 projects. 

Meeting will be in-person at...

McNellie's Public House - Downtown Tulsa

409 E 1st Street

Tulsa, OK 74120

The GST will be meeting in the Gold Room

Carbon Sequestration in Oklahoma?  A History of the Program and Discussion of the Possibilities

Shanon Phillips


Most people are unaware that Oklahoma was the first state to give a state agency authority to verify and certify carbon offsets or credits.   In 2001, the legislature passed the Oklahoma Carbon Sequestration Enhancement Act which authorized the Oklahoma Conservation Commission to oversee a voluntary carbon offset accreditation program that could enroll carbon credits achieved, at a minimum, through agricultural, forestry or geologic sequestration.  Like many unfunded mandates, activity in the program languished until there was additional public and private interest around 2008.  Largely due to interest from a private company who wondered about the potential for a sequestration market in Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Conservation Commission partnered with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Conservation Districts, Oklahoma State  University, the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, landowners, and many others partnered to develop and test rules and the framework for a program that could protect buyers and sellers interested in participating in the carbon market in Oklahoma.  When interest (and funding) for the program waned after national cap and trade legislation died, the program idled, waiting for renewed interest, but still working to promote management strategies that could sequester carbon and collecting data to support a future carbon market in Oklahoma.  Now, interest in the program and potential is once again intensifying and state partners are discussing with various groups about how the registry could operate and grow.  This presentation will provide more detail about the framework developed, but will also discuss potential new directions and expansions for the program to operate in as interest in a carbon market grows once again.


Ms. Shanon Phillips is the Water Quality Division Director for the Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC).  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Kansas State University and her Masters in Zoology from Oklahoma State University, studying nutrient impacts in lakes.  She’s been working on water quality protection programs in Oklahoma State government since 1995.  Her agency is the lead agency for nonpoint source water pollution.  Much of the OCC’s work focuses on collaboration with Conservation Districts to help agricultural producers protect water quality and improve soil health.  The OCC’s water quality programs have been recognized nationally for efficiency, innovation, leadership, and success.

Shanon Phillips, Water Quality Division Director, Oklahoma Conservation Commission

405-522-4728 or shanon.phillips@conservation.ok.gov

"Geophysical Society of Tulsa (GST)" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Oklahoma, P.O. Box 2784, Tulsa, OK 174101

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