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Steven M. Carpenter

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EORI Director

Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute

University of Wyoming
School Of Energy Resources

2435 King Boulevard
Suite 140
Casper, WY 82604
o:  307-315-6442
m: 513-460-0360

Dr. Carpenter is a seasoned executive with 30 years of experience in the energy, mining, international, and federal contracting industry. He is an internationally recognized Subject Matter Expert on Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), climate change, carbon, and risk management issues. Dr. Carpenter’s clientele include numerous confidential commercial clients, EPA, DOE, DOD, USACE, USAID, USTDA, the International Performance Assessment Centre for Geologic Storage of CO2 (IPAC-CO2), Canadian Standards Association (CSA), International Standards Organization (ISO), the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), the Energy Mineral Law Foundation (EMLF), the Southern States Energy Board (SSEB), the World Bank/International Finance Corporation, and the Countries of Turkey, China, and Pakistan. His work includes technical assessment, public policy, legal and regulatory issues, training and education, and is a sought after public speaker.



B.A. Physics, Earlham College, Richmond, IN
M.A. Environmental Public Policy, Antioch University, Yellow Springs, OH
Ph.D. Transdisciplinary Approaches to CCUS & CO2-EOR, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA


Professional Experience

Vice President - Advanced Resources International, Inc., Arlington, VA
Corporate Risk Manager & Director of Carbon & International Business, Cardno, Bluefield, VA
Corporate Health & Safety Officer, QA/QC Officer - Petro Environmental, Cincinnati, OH
Director of Project Management - RINECO Chemical Industries, Little Rock, AR
Federal Contractor - USN, USAF & NASA, various facilities

  • Referee/Proposal Evaluator – Norwegian CCS research and development program CLIMIT Demo (administrated by Gassnova) and the Dutch CCS program CATO (administrated by TNO) on behalf of the Research Council of Norway for research in CO2 Use, Transport, and Storage.
  • International Subject Matter Expert to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Expert Workshop on Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS)-Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) for delegations from China and Mexico. Workshop held at Mississippi Power’s Kemper County Energy Facility, De Kalb, Mississippi.
  • Head of Delegation and Chair of the United States Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for ISO Technical Committee TC-265: Carbon dioxide capture, transportation, and geological storage. Responsible for the staffing of working groups and selection of working group leaders to develop the U.S. position on CCS and to carry that position forward in international negotiations with ISO to develop an international standard for CCS which included standardization of design, construction, operation, environmental planning and management, risk management, quantification, monitoring and verification, and related activities in the field of carbon dioxide capture, transportation, and geological storage.
  • Head of Delegation and Chair of the United States Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO Technical Committee TC-82: Mining. Developing specifications relating to specialized mining machinery and equipment, all underground mining machinery and equipment, recommended practice in the presentation of plans and drawings used in mine surveying; methods of calculation of mineral reserves; mine reclamation management; and design of structures for mining industry.
  • Pakistan Energy Policy Program (EPP) – Pakistan. Project Manager for Component II providing support to policy, regulatory, and industry reform by providing advisory services at the Ministry Petroleum and Natural Resources and Director General of Petroleum Concession.
  • Adjunct Faculty for the Research Experience in Carbon Sequestration (RECS), focusing on permitting, standardization, and regulatory framework for CCS. The RECS program, housed at Southern Company’s Birmingham, AL facility, focuses world-class faculty of CCUS experts from industry, the research community and NGOs, combining classroom instruction with group exercises, CCUS site visits and hands-on activities.
  • Project Director for shale oil supply chain study evaluating the oil and gas development and production of the Bakken, Eagle Ford, and Marcellus shale plays. The study utilized Advanced Resources’ Unconventional Resources Supply Analysis System modeling and forecasting tool to project the size the level and pace of drilling and production in the three basins/plays over two periods – 2012-2016 and 2017-2021.
  • World Bank/International Finance Corporation’s Climate Investment Opportunities in Infrastructure and Natural Resources project. Provide sector level evaluation, investment opportunities and prioritization for climate change opportunities based on GHG worldwide emissions in the base metal and precious metal mining sectors in non-OECD economies, specifically sub-Saharan Africa. 
  • Subject matter expert, course curriculum development and delivery of course material for the Wyoming Carbon Capture & Storage Technology Institute, located at the University of Wyoming. Course material includes energy, engineering, and science of climate change, energy, & natural resources, legal and regulatory framework of the international CCS industry. 
  • Subject Matter Expert for DE-FOA0000023-03 “Developing Comprehensive Risk Assessment Frameworks for Geological Storage of CO2,” to elicit risk, review and draft report and papers on programmatic and technical risks associated with CO2 sequestration.
  • Principle author - Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) & Southern States Energy Board (SSEB) Legal and Regulatory Task Force on the Offshore Transport and Storage of CO2 (
  • Reviewer/editor for DOE-NETL Best Practices for Drilling, Well Installation, Permitting, Operations, Mitigation, and Closure for CO2 Storage in Deep Geological Formations, DOE/NETL-2011/1458 (
  • Global Methane Initiative – Country of Turkey. Program Manager for the Country of Turkey’s successful application for membership into EPA’s GMI (formerly known as Methane to Markets program) and successfully application and award of GMI grant to optimize degasification systems to reduce methane emissions from Turkish coal mines, in conjunction with Virginia Tech. The grant and industry provided cost share total $2,400,000.
  • USAID, Kurdistan Regional Government, Extractive Industries Sector Report and Analysis of oil, natural gas, and mining in Iraq. In conjunction with RTI, provided assessment and evaluation of  key policy, legal, and infrastructure impediments and make recommendations leading to improved governmental policy and institutions conducive to private sector economic growth.

Selected Publications

Carpenter, S. (2010). CCS in Central Appalachia: What would CCS in central Appalachia look like and how is it possible that one could arrive at a successful implementation? Carbon Capture Journal, 13, 11-12.

Carpenter, S. (2011). Clean Development Mechanism as a real option for CCS. Carbon Capture Journal, 21, 10-12.

Carpenter, S. (2012a). A Multi-Quadrant Analysis of Two International Climate Change Mitigation Projects. Conflict Analysis and Engagement. Cincinnati, OH, Antioch University Midwest. MA: 77.

Carpenter, S. (2012b). Complexity Intelligence: use of an international collaborative consensus process to evaluate the origin, theory, and application of complexity intelligence. Unpublished manuscript, Antioch University, Yellow Springs, OH.

Carpenter, S. (2012c). CCUS – Opportunities to utilize anthropogenic CO2 for enhanced oil recovery and CO2 storage. AAPG Search and Discovery Article, 80269. Retrieved from

Carpenter, S. (2013a). Narrative Analysis and Summary of the Major Findings of the Pilot Study. Unpublished manuscript (TSD 6660), California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA.

Carpenter, S. (2013b). Mini Research Study – data analysis and reflection. Unpublished manuscript (TSD 8218), California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA.

Carpenter, S. et al. (2010). Site Remediation 2009 Annual Report. In Butkin, R. (Ed.). Environment, Energy, and Resources Law: The year in review 2009. Tulsa, OK: American Bar Association.

Carpenter, S. & Hairfield, C. (2010). Fundamentals of Carbon Regulations and their Impacts on the Mining Industry. SME Annual Meeting. Reprint 10-086.

Carpenter, S. & Hower, J. (Eds.). (2013). 29th Annual International Pittsburgh Coal Conference, International Journal of Coal Geology, 118 (2013) 88, 0166-5162.

Carpenter, S. & Koperna, G. (2014). Development of the First Internationally Accepted Standard for Geologic Storage of Carbon Dioxide utilizing Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) under the International Standards Organization (ISO) Technical Committee TC-265. Energy Procedia 63 (2014) 6717 – 6729. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2014.11.707.

Carpenter, S., & Koperna, G. (2015). Development of the First Internationally Accepted Standard for Geologic Storage of Carbon Dioxide utilizing Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) under the International Standards Organization (ISO) Technical Committee TC-265. Energy Procedia, 1876-6102.

Carpenter, S. & Long III, H. (2017). Integration of carbon capture in IGCC systems. In Wang, T., & Stiegel, G. (Eds.), Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) Technologies. Duxfod, UK: Woodhead Publishing.

Godec, M., Carpenter, and S. Coddington, K. (2017). Evaluation of Technology and Policy Issues Associated with the Storage of Carbon Dioxide via Enhanced Oil Recovery in Determining the Potential for Carbon Negative Oil. Energy Procedia 00 (2017) 000–000, 1876-6102.

Koperna, G., Carpenter, S., Petrusak, R., Trautz, R., Rhudy, D., Esposito, R. (2014). Project Assessment and Evaluation of the Area of Review (AoR) at the Citronelle SECARB Phase III Site, Alabama USA. Energy Procedia 63 (2014) 5971 – 5985. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2014.11.632.

Lane, T., Freund, B., & Carpenter, S. (2011). Carbon Sequestration: Critical property rights and legal liabilities— real impediments or red herrings? In Daniels, S. (Ed.). Proceedings of the Thirty-Second Annual Energy & Mineral Law Institute (Vols 1-2). Lexington, KY: Energy Mineral Law Institute.

Preliminary Evaluation of Offshore Transport and Geologic Storage of Carbon Dioxide. Interstate Oil & Gas Compact and Southern States Energy Board. October 2013.

Coal-Seq III Consortium:  Advancing the Science of CO2 Sequestration in Coal Seam and Gas Shale Reservoirs. George Koperna, Anne Oudinot, Satya Harpalani, Khaled Gasem, Sayeed Mohammed, and Ian Palmer (co-authors). Proceeding of the 2013 International Conference on Coal Science & Technology, Penn State University, October 2013.

Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, “Technical Group Draft Report from Task Force to Assess Progress on Technical Issues Affecting CCS”, CSLF-T-2012-02.

Environmental Mineral Law Foundation Coal Law Short Course: Geology and Introduction to Mining, legal CEU course presented at the WVU Law School, co-author, J. Blair McGill, Federal No/2 Mine, Morgantown, WV, August 1, 2010

Environment, Energy and Resources Law: 2009 The Year In Review, American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, Vol. No. 26, Site Remediation Section, Editor & Author

Development of Guidelines and Evaluation of Techniques for Degassing Coal Mine Methane in Advance of Mining to Reduce Methane Emissions in the Southern Shanxi Province of China, a Joint Ore Reserve Committee Compliant Handbook funded by EPA Methane-to-Markets program, Authors, Michael Karmis, Steve Keim & Steven Schafrik, VCCER, Kray Luxbacher, VT and Steve Carpenter, July 2009

Professional Affiliations

Canadian Standards Associations (CSA) - Technical Committee Voting Member

CSA Groups Strategic Steering Committee on Natural Resources – Board Member

Energy Mineral Law Foundation – Trustee

Executive Order of the Ohio Commodore – Lifetime Appointment

GHG Verifier (ISO 14065) CSA-America Certification No: 0004 under ISO 17024 GHG Quantifier and Verifier under ISO 14064 & 14065 Guidelines

International Pittsburgh Coal Conference at Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh – Trustee

Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) - Member

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) - Member

Wyoming Gas Association - Member

Wyoming Geologic Association - Member

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