Industry Feature - Regulation of Anthropogenic CO2 Storage

February 2011 -- The 81st Texas Legislature (2009) enacted Senate Bill 1387 (SB 1387), relating to implementation projects for the capture, injection, sequestration, or geologic storage (GS, also known as geologic sequestration) of carbon dioxide (CO2). SB 1387 provides a specifically defined statutory basis for regulating geologic storage of anthropogenic CO2 within the existing framework of the Texas Injection Well Act (Chapter 27, Texas Water Code).

Industry Feature - Regulation of Anthropogenic CO2 Storage Senate Bill 1387 directs the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC), the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the General Land Office of Texas (GLO), and the Bureau of Economic Geology of the University of Texas at Austin (BEG), to coordinate, prepare, and file with the Legislature not later than December 1, 2010, two preliminary reports related to geologic storage of CO2. The first report focuses on a preliminary framework for managing activities related to GS of CO2 on state-owned land. The second report focuses on GS of CO2 on privately-owned lands and commercial operations. Because of the overlap in information between these two reports, they have been combined into a single document.

Although some differences in requirements exist in the geologic settings for onshore and offshore storage of CO2 on state lands, and in saline formations underlying all other onshore lands of Texas, most technical criteria are identical. A primary goal of this report is to clarify some of the technical and regulatory issues surrounding GS, especially as they relate to the regulatory jurisdictions of the RRC and the TCEQ. Click here to download report (external link) >>