Louisiana and Texas are hoping to wrest oversight of carbon capture wells from federal regulators in order to speed the permitting process, reports Reuters.
The rules governing the carbon-injection wells for most states require federal approval, with the first permits taking around six years to get the green light.
Louisiana and Texas want to take over permit reviews and enforcement authority, also known as primacy, from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas storages sites.
The third-largest oil producing state, North Dakota, won oversight in 2018 and issued its first permit last year after an eight-month review. New Mexico, the second largest oil producer after Texas, has begun initial discussions with the EPA for applying to regulate carbon sequestration wells. Read the entire story.