Michael Phillis of AP News reports that Louisiana has been given the power to approve carbon capture wells.
- Allowing Louisiana to regulate the permitting and approval of its carbon capture projects is needed to bring more of these projects online.
- Importantly, granting Louisiana primacy requires the state to adhere to strict environmental standards that keep local communities safe.
- At the same time, by taking the federal government out of the regulatory process, primacy will streamline carbon capture and allow the U.S. to reduce regulations faster.
“Louisiana will be able to issue permits for wells that store carbon dioxide, a critical component of carbon capture and removal technology. In all but two other states, the Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for permitting. Proponents of the change say it will speed up approvals of new projects that are critical for reducing climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions.”
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