About MRCI

Who We Are

The Midwest Regional Carbon Initiative (MRCI) is a broad coalition of partners from research, academia, industry, NGOs, and the US government dedicated to the study, acceleration, acceptance, and deployment of carbon capture, utilization, and storage in the Midwest, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. The MRCI was borne out of over 20 years of experience executing carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) research and projects in the American Midwest and combines the expertise of two Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships (RCSPs) – the Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP) led by Battelle and the Midwest Geologic Sequestration Consortium (MGSC) led by the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS).

Comprised of team members from multiple state geological surveys, academic institutions, and industry, the initiative works to connect science, technology, and research to advance the field of CCUS in its 20-state region. The program is led by co-Principal Investigators, Dr. Neeraj Gupta from Battelle and Chris Korose from the Illinois State Geological Survey. Chris Korose took over for Dr. Sallie Greenberg, who, in May of 2023, retired after 30 years of providing research, guidance, and leadership on a host of groundbreaking carbon capture and storage projects through the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS).

Dr. Gupta, a Senior Research Leader with 25 years of experience in CCUS, including leadership of the MRCSP, provides technical and program development leadership for Battelle’s carbon management and subsurface exploration work.

ISGS Associate Geologist Chris Korose (Coal, Bedrock Geology & Industrial Minerals Section) has over 27 years of experience at the ISGS, and he has been directly involved with project management, research and service in numerous areas, and providing geological data and technical information to the public and industry. Chris brings to the MRCI a strong history of working with the DOE-NETL on the MGSC, Sequestration Atlas, and NATCARB efforts.

The MRCI project study area includes states from the Midwest to east coast, as far south as Kentucky and as far north as Maine, covering more than one-third of the nation’s CO2 point source emissions, accounting for 945 million metric tons of CO2. The geology of the region is diverse, covering multiple storage complexes including the Michigan Basin, Illinois Basin, Appalachian Basin, Atlantic Coast, and Off-shore. The region hosts more than a dozen pilot and/or full-scale CCUS projects, which provide a solid foundation for future work.

The primary funding for the MRCI program is from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) under DOE project number DE-FE 0031836 with Mr. William Aljoe as the DOE project manager.



U.S. Department of Energy

US DOE ensures America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. Visit Website
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National Energy and Technology Laboratory

US DOE NETL is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory that produces technological solutions to America’s energy challenges. For more than 100 years, the Laboratory has advanced technology to provide clean, reliable, and affordable energy to the American people. Visit Website

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Battelle is private nonprofit applied science and technology development company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Battelle commits to solving the world’s most pressing issues with groundbreaking science and technology, and focuses on giving back to the communities where they live and work. Visit Website

Illinois State Geological Survey

ISGS is a premeire state geological survey with over 200 Scientists and technical support staff serving the needs of Illinois with earth science information relevant to the State's environmental quality, economic vitality, and public safety. Visit Website

Indiana Geological and Water Survey

State geologic and water survey that assists the public and private sectors by providing technical information on mineral and energy resources, reducing environmental risks to the land, water, and air of the state, assisting in the reclamation land that has been mined, and identifying areas susceptible to natural geologic hazards. Visit Website

Rutgers University

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, stands among America’s highest-ranked, most diverse public research universities. Visit Website
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Kentucky Geological Survey

Started in 1838 and part of the University of Kentucky since 1948, the Kentucky Geological Survey conducts research and provides unbiased information about the geology and natural resources of Kentucky. Visit Website
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Maryland Geological Survey

Created in 1896, the Maryland Geological Survey is responsible for investigating the geologic and water resources of Maryland through geologic mapping, examination and monitoring of water resources, environmental geology, mineral resources, and coastal and estuarine geology. Visit Website
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Ohio Division of Natural Resources

The ODNR Division of Geological Survey is one of Ohio's natural resources agenies, established in 1837 to provide geologic information and services needed for responsible management of Ohio's natural resources. Visit Website
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Pennsylvania Geological Survey

Since 1836, the Pennsylvania Geological Survey has been serving the commonwealth as a science-based research organization that collects, preserves, and uses data in support of objective interpretations about Pennsylvania’s geologic resources. Visit Website
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Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University (WMU) hosts the Michigan Geological Survey (MGS) and the Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education (MGRRE) tha facilitates research to promote the wise use of natural resources while serving the general public through quality research, invaluable expertise and a historic data repository. Visit Website

West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey

The West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey (WVGES) conducts long-term and project-specific, independent and unbiased analysis of the geology of the state and provides scientific expertise, information, and education to all of West Virginia's stakeholders regarding the coal, natural gas, petroleum, non-fuel resources, environmental concerns, karst, and geologic hazards of the state. Visit Website

Iowa Geologic Survey

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Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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Core Energy LLC
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Core Energy, LLC is actively involved in using innovative oil and gas exploration and production technologies in Michigan and is the only company in the Midwest performing CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) operations. Visit Website Contact Us
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CornerPost CO2, LLC

CornerPost CO2, LLC provides carbon capture solutions for industrial sources and enhanced recovery projects based on fundamental economics and unparalleled expertise. Visit Website Contact Us

Industrial Economics, Inc

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Industry Partners


Archer Daniels Midland Company

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American Electric Power

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British Petroleum

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Babcock and Wilcox

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CONSOL Energy, one of the leading energy companies in the United States of America, has powered the nation with affordable, abundant, reliable domestic energy and maintains a strong record on safety and environmental stewardship. Visit Website Contact Us

Consumers Energy

Consumers Energy's passion is to make life better for the people of Michigan by providing safe and reliable energy, increasing the use of clean and renewable energy, and helping the business community grow. Visit Website Contact Us

DTE Energy

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Exxon Mobile

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GeoPetro, LLC

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Maintaining a global viewpoint, Honda is dedicated to supplying products of the highest quality, yet at a reasonable price for worldwide customer satisfaction. Visit Website Contact Us

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

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Peabody Energy

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Southern Company Services, Inc.

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Prairie State Generating Company

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Total Group

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Wabash Valley Resources

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Academic Partners


Nebraska Geological Survey

The Nebraska Geological Survey is part of the Conservation and Survey Division (CSD) of the School of Natural Resources (SNR) at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. The Division's geologists conduct globally relevant geologic research. Visit Website Contact Us

University of Houston’s Center for Carbon Management in Energy

Carbon management is central to UH-CCME's mission and vision and they aspire to be a world leading center for education, research and marketplace solutions. Visit Website Contact Us
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University of Wisconsin

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Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey

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Central Michigan University

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Deleware Geologic Survey

The Delaware Geological Survey (DGS) is a science-based, public-service-driven state agency at the University of Delaware that conducts geologic and hydrologic research, service, and exploration for the benefit of the citizens of its citizens. Visit Website Contact Us

Massachusetts Geological Survey

The Massachusetts Geological Survey performs, collects, interprets, and dessiminates research on the land, mineral, and water resources of the state. Visit Website Contact Us

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT’s primary purposes are teaching and research with relevance to the practical world and transforming society for the better. To that end, they seek the best possible community of scholars (and humans) who will contribute to MIT and the world. Visit Website Contact Us

NGO Partners


Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

C2ES is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to forge practical solutions to climate change. Their mission is to advance policy and action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote clean energy, and build resilience to climate impacts. Visit Website Contact Us

Clean Air Task Force

CATF is a 22 year old organization with problem solvers and creative environmentalists who achieve change using technology advocacy, policy advocacy, and thought leadership to get to a zero-emissions, high-energy planet at an affordable cost. Visit Website Contact Us


ClearPAth is an entrepreneurial, strategic nonprofit with a mission to develop and advance conservative policies to accelerate clean energy innovation. They develop cutting-edge policy and collaborate with academics and industry. Visit Website Contact Us


CO2GeoNet, a not-for-profile scientific association, is the European body on CCS. Currently, CO2GeoNet comprises of 28 research institutes from 20 European countries, and over 300 multidisciplinary researchers to address all aspects of CCS Visit Website Contact Us

Environmental Defense Fund

EDF is one of the world’s leading environmental organizations with a mission to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends. Visit Website Contact Us

Enabling Onshore CO2 Storage in Europe

The ENOS project's main goal is to develop and demonstrate, under real conditions, key technologies for underground CO2 storage at onshore sites. Visit Website Contact Us

Japan CCS co., Ltd.

JCCS was established in 2008 as a company to help implement investigations, research and development, feasibility studies and demonstration projects pertaining to CCUS and transportation technologies. Visit Website Contact Us
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