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Two different approaches have been used to evaluate the potential for CO2 geologic sequestration and CO2-assisted enhanced oil recovery in the major oil fields in Ohio: a volumetrics-based method, which uses field volumetric data to calculate CO2 storage capacity, and a production-based method, which uses historical oil and gas production data to calculate CO2 storage capacity. The fields were selected based on their historical importance as oil and gas producers as well as the availability of data in published sources. The storage capacity found using the production data–based methodology—878 million t—is believed to be more representative than that found using the volumetrics-based method because it uses actual production data to calculate void space for CO2 storage rather than estimated efficiency factors. This estimated capacity is higher than previously reported values based on efficiency factors and is enough to support the storage of 25% of annual emissions from 45 of Ohio’s largest power plants for a period of 36 yr.