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Symposium highlights local opportunities, challenges of carbon storage

A well-attended gathering Friday at Cal State Bakersfield provided the clearest look yet at the challenges and opportunities ahead as Kern County gears up to become one of the nation’s top regions for addressing climate change through investment in carbon capture and storage.

The university’s inaugural Carbon Sequestration Symposium brought together dozens of scientists, industry professionals and policymakers for a broad, seven-hour examination of what it’s going to take to move forward with a technically viable but expensive technology that has sparked several local proposals but, so far, no working facilities.