State leaders rejoiced last week over the federal government’s decision to give Louisiana authority to permit and regulate the wells needed to store industrial carbon dioxide emissions underground, labeling it an important economic development milestone, reports Louisiana Illuminator.
However, environmental groups have taken a notably different view and vow to remain vigilant against what they feel is an unsafe process. They also reject proponents’ claims that carbon capture and sequestration projects will allow Louisiana to make major strides toward achieving a green economy.
Most of the roughly 30 proposed projects for Louisiana have backing from the fossil fuel and petrochemical industries. The companies insist carbon can be safely contained underground using time-tested methods. Read the full story from Louisiana Illuminator.