Carbon dioxide shortage in the United States: Gasoline and its impact on the carbon dioxide market in the United States | News

But things are a little different this year, with gasoline taking center stage.

Benzene is a widely used industrial chemical, a colorless, volatile and flammable liquid mixture of various hydrocarbons obtained in the distillation of gasoline.

Outside of industrial uses, benzene can be found in products such as glue, adhesives, cleaners and paint removers – all of which can be harmful if handled incorrectly.

This widely used chemical is now making a name for itself in new markets, with some vital sources of carbon dioxide, particularly in the Mississippi area, contaminating the product.


According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, gasoline evaporates quickly from water or soil. If gasoline leaks from buried storage tanks or landfills, it can contaminate nearby drinking water wells[1].

The section also highlights that benzene can move long distances in groundwater.

While everyone’s reaction to the chemical is different, drowsiness, dizziness, headache and irregular heartbeat were all symptoms of those who were exposed to the substance.[2].

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that if an individual eats food or drinks a drink containing high levels of benzene, they can develop symptoms in just a few minutes.

as such GasThe world has heard, the Jackson Dome is where such contamination was found. Jackson Dome is located in Mississippi and is owned by the independent energy company Denbury, after its February 2001 acquisition.

The Jackson Dome is the main source of carbon dioxide in Denbury’s Gulf Coast and covers nearly 200 square miles. GasThe scientist believes the pollution occurred when Denbury decided to use its existing supply of carbon dioxide to improve oil recovery and drill additional wells to feed the CO2 pipeline that supplies commercial CO2 plants.

With the switch, which was said to have been made for economic reasons, came pollutants. GasThe scientist was told that hydrocarbons, including gasoline, affect the purity of carbon dioxide as they cannot be filtered using existing filters.

It is believed that some factories in the area have now had to undergo a sufficient front-cleaning process to deal with the contaminants, but other old factories are struggling and therefore cannot reach or guarantee the International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT) CO purity standards.