CO2 transport infrastructure development is a necessary component to meeting U.S. midcentury climate goals and a mechanism for bolstering regional jobs and economies. Seven states – Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Wyoming – have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) showcasing their commitment to the development of CO2 transport infrastructure and the establishment of an action plan which provides state and regional policy recommendations to ensure the deployment of CO2 transport infrastructure.
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The State of Wyoming proposes to designate a statewide pipeline corridor network for future pipeline development associated with carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) as well as associated enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR) facilities across private, state and BLM-managed lands.
Other states have since signed the MOU including Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania with Montana as the latest addition.
By signing the MOU, the signatory states recognize that development of regional and national CO2 transport networks is a catalyst to raise awareness of carbon capture and related opportunities associated with development of regional CO2 transport infrastructure. A multi-state CO2 transportation network, combined with financial incentives for carbon capture from industrial facilities and power plants holds the promise of supporting long-term production, continued use of affordable natural resources, preservation of high-paying jobs in energy-producing, agricultural, and industrial states while concurrently reducing net carbon emissions.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the State of Wyoming’s application under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to implement an UIC program for Class VI wells. Class VI wells are used for the underground injection of carbon dioxide into deep subsurface rock formations for long-term storage. The EPA determined that Wyoming’s application meets or exceeds all applicable requirements and regulations allowing the state to administer the Class VI UIC program while protecting underground sources of drinking water.
“Climate change is the biggest environmental threat we face as a state and nation. Working cooperatively with other states to mitigate and remove carbon emissions gives us another tool in addressing this existential challenge,” said Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell.
EORI provided data to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) research for the Wyoming Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) Study and finds that carbon capture retrofit may provide significant benefits that could extend the lives of several Wyoming coal plants, generate new jobs, add millions of dollars for Wyoming’s economy while reducing CO2 emissions.
“Our newfound Class VI injection well regulatory primacy is part of the state's larger strategy to keep coal burning, reduce carbon emissions and keep jobs in Wyoming. The advancements we’ve made in carbon capture research alongside the Department of Energy and the strategic partnerships we’ve formed uniquely position the state to extend the life of coal and reduce emissions.” states Governor Gordon.
Carbon XPrize Executive Director Marcius Extavour was one of the experts in attendance and said his organization has created incentives for successful research. The XPrize has set up a prize pool of $20 million that will be distributed to teams that show the most promise in carbon capturing research. xtavour stressed the importance of creating business opportunities out of reducing the carbon intensity of energy and industrial sectors.