Curt is the field manager overseeing the field operations of the Monitoring, Verification, and Accounting (MVA) Program supporting the deep saline geological storage of CO2 at the Illinois Basin Decatur Project (IBDP) and the upcoming Illinois Carbon Capture and Storage (ICCS) Project. The MVA Program involves extensive environmental monitoring of the near surface and shallow subsurface using near-infrared color aerial imagery acquisition, continuous GPS, net CO2 flux monitoring, soil CO2 flux monitoring, soil gas sampling, shallow groundwater sampling, and tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS).
Depositional environments in the Pennsylvanian and Mississippian aged strata in the Illinois Basin. Implementation of enhanced oil recovery (EOR) techniques on mature petroleum fields. Factors impacting the variability of soil CO2 flux. Application of geophysical techniques.
Current Research Projects:
Investigating the changing depositional environments responsible for the the lower Pennsylvanian Bridgeport Sandstone Group.
Environmental monitoring at the Illinois Basin Decatur Project and the Illinois Carbon Capture and Storage Project in Decatur, IL.
Curt S. Blakley
Shifting Sand: The Geology of Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park