WY Committee endorses CO2 capture

CHEYENNE – After hearing Gov. Dave Freudenthal say Wyoming needs to be out front in regulating new ways of permanently storing greenhouse gas underground, a legislative committee Wednesday endorsed two proposed measures dealing with carbon capture and sequestration in the state.

The Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Interim Committee endorsed proposals that would give the state Department of Environmental Quality regulatory oversight of carbon dioxide (CO2) storage in the state and recognize that surface owners control the underground voids where the gas would be stored.

Both proposals will be considered by the Legislature when it meets next month.

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