By James Osborne
The Houston Chronicle, Feb. 16, 2022
WASHINGTON — A backlog in carbon storage permitting at the Environmental Protection Agency is driving concern that the Biden administration could delay developing projects in Texas and seven other states.
The EPA is reviewing more than 30 underground carbon storage projects, some dating to 2020. And almost two years after Louisiana filed an application to permit some projects itself, the EPA has yet to publicly signal any progress in reviewing that application.
At a hearing this month Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, questioned Deputy Energy Secretary David Turk on why the EPA had granted permits for just two carbon storage wells.
When Turk responded that carbon capture was “a phenomenal opportunity,” Manchin replied: “Not the way they’re moving.”
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