CCS Working Group

During its regular 2009 session, the West Virginia Legislature passed Governor Manchin's carbon dioxide sequestration bill.  This puts West Virginia on the cutting edge of studying with an eye toward regulating the geological sequestration of carbon dioxide.  The bill created a new Article 11A within Chapter 22 of the West Virginia Code, Section 6 of which establishes the Carbon Dioxide Sequestration Working Group. The purposes of the Working Group are to "study issues pertaining to carbon dioxide sequestration including . . . scientific, technical, legal and regulatory issues, and issues regarding ownership and other rights and interest in subsurface space [pore space] that can be used as storage space for carbon dioxide and other associated constituents," and to "develop a long-term strategy for the regulation of carbon dioxide sequestration in West Virginia."  W. Va. Code § 22-11A-6(d)-(e).  In addition, the Working Group "may conduct or initiate studies, scientific or other investigations, research, experiments and demonstrations" in cooperation with State colleges and universities and with public and private agencies.  W. Va. Code § 22-11A-6(f).

By July 1, 2010, the Working Group must prepare and issue a preliminary report to the Legislature.  A final report is due on July 1, 2011, which will, among other things, (1) recommend methods to encourage development of sequestration technologies; (2) evaluate the economic and environmental feasibility of large, long-term sequestration operations; (3) propose legislation to clarify issues regarding pore space ownership; (4) recommend methods to facilitate widespread use of sequestration technology throughout the state; (5) identify geologic sequestration monitoring sites capable of assessing the short- and long-term effects of carbon dioxide sequestration; (6) assess the feasibility of geologic sequestration within the state, noting characteristics of areas where carbon dioxide may be sequestered; (7) discuss the costs, benefits, risks, and rewards of large-scale sequestration projects throughout the state; (8) estimate the state's potential carbon dioxide sequestration capacity; (9) suggest areas of research to better understand and quantify the processes of sequestration; and (10) outline the group's long-term strategy for the regulation of carbon dioxide sequestration.  See W. Va. Code § 22-11A-6(g)-(h).

The following documents are the reports that have been produced from the Carbon Capture & Sequestration Working Group.


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   CCS Working Group Preliminary Report

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10/02/2009 UBA Carbon Capture and Storage Report Adobe Icon
  Guidelines for Carbon Dioxide Capture, Transport, and Storage (World Resources Institute) Adobe Icon
  EPA's proposed regs: Adobe Icon
  National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), 2007. Cost and Performance Baseline for Fossil Energy Plants. Adobe Icon
  IPCC Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage, B. Metz et al., eds. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K. Adobe Icon
  Radgen, P. et al., 2006. Technologies for CO2 capture and storage: Summary. Westermann, B., ed. Federal Environmental Agency: Berlin, Germany. Adobe Icon 
  Shuster, E., et al., 2007. Estimating Freshwater Needs to Meet Future Thermoelectric Generation Requirements. National Energy Technology Laboratories, Pittsburgh, PA. Adobe Icon
  Levinson, M., 2007. Carbon Capture and Sequestration. The London Accord, J. P. Morgan. Adobe Icon 
  Realistic Costs of Carbon Capture Adobe Icon
  Geosequestration: What is it and how much can it contribute to a sustainable energy policy for Australia? Adobe Icon
  The Future of Coal Adobe Icon 
  Liability Legislation enacted in Louisiana (HB-661) Adobe Icon
  summary document (HB-661)

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  Liability Legislation enacted in North Dakota (SB-2095)  Adobe Icon
  summary document (SB-2095) Word Icon
  IOGCC presentation - Bengal West Virginia Presentation September 16, 2009 (F).ppt N/A
  A Technical Basis for Carbon Dioxide Storage (To download, click on the link and register) Adobe Icon

In the Federal Register of August 31, 2009, USEPA supplemented the proposed "Federal Requirements Under the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program for Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Geologic Sequestration (GS) Wells" rule, calling for public comment on new information and related issues that have evolved in response to the original proposal published on July 25, 2008 (73 FR 43492). The notice presents preliminary field data from DOE's Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships, along with additional information from other geologic sequestration studies. The notice also includes an alternative approach that the agency is considering related to injection depth requirements for Class VI wells. Comments regarding NODA must be received by Oct. 15, 2009.

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MINUTES September 16, 2009
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  CARBON CAPTURE & SEQUESTRATION WORKING GROUP, MEETING G & T Subcommittee presentation January 18, 2011 Adobe Icon

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