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CarbonSAFE Project

The School of Energy Resource’s (SER) Center for Economic Geology Research (CEGR) at the University of Wyoming officially launched Phase 3 of the CarbonSAFE project last month.

The Wyoming CarbonSAFE Project (Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise) is among 13 original carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) project sites in the U.S. Funded by the DOE, the project’s ultimate goal is to ensure carbon storage complexes will be ready for integrated CCUS system deployment.

Phase 3 project objectives are to finalize site characterization; complete Class 6 permitting to construct; integrate Membrane Technology and Research Inc.’s CO2 capture assessment; and conduct National Environmental Policy Act analyses to advance toward the eventual commercialization of a large-scale -- storage of 50 million metric tons of CO2 within a 30-year period -- CCUS project at Dry Fork Station.

Carbon Capture Work Group to host a Webinar Series

The State Carbon Capture Work Group is hosting four separate webinars in November and December, bringing together experts and signatories to review analyses, highlight current CO2 transport infrastructure projects, provide Class VI updates and discuss a strategy for developing recommendations for an action plan.

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.

Individual calendar invitations with call-in details will be available for each webinar.

BLM Wyoming releases EIS for Wyoming Pipeline Authority

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Wyoming Pipeline Corridor Initiative (WPCI) which analyzes the proposed corridor network designed for pipeline transportation of carbon dioxide.

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.

Wyoming is an Energy Leader

Wyoming was the first state to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to join a multi-state effort committed to establishing and implementing a regional CO2 transportation infrastructure plan to enable large-scale carbon management. 

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.

EPA Grants the State of Wyoming Primacy

Effective October 9, 2020, The EPA has approved the State of Wyoming to implement and enforce an underground injection control (UIC) regulatory program for Class VI Injection Wells.

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.

CO2 Transport Infrastructure

Pennsylvania announced that it’s joining with six other states – Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, Oklahoma and Wyoming – in signing a memorandum of understanding, committing to establish and implement a regional CO2 transport infrastructure plan by collaborating and leveraging resources across the participating states.

 “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.

Wyoming’s CCUS potential

New study shows Wyoming’s CCUS potential at several coal-fired power plants.

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. 

Wyoming’s primacy for Class VI

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the approval of Wyoming’s request for primary enforcement responsibility (primacy) for Class VI wells under the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program.

“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.