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Texas Legislature Votes to Transfer Injection Storage Regulation to RRC

HOUSTON – The Texas Legislature has formally passed House Bill 1284, authored by Representative Chris Paddie (R-Marshal) and sponsored by Senator Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills), to transfer the regulatory authority of geologic storage of carbon dioxide from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to the Railroad Commission (RRC). This was a priority for the Carbon Neutral Coalition (CNC) and is key to establishing the regulatory framework to enable Carbon Capture Underground Storage (CCUS). 

“The CNC is grateful to Chairmen Paddie and Hancock for their leadership in passing this bill to transfer regulatory authority of geologic storage of carbon dioxide to the Railroad Commission,” said CNC Advisory Board Chair Susan Combs. “This bill will be critical to creating the regulatory structure to enable Texas to move toward our goal of Carbon Neutrality. We look forward to continuing our work with the Governor and Legislative leadership, and many stakeholders, to help turn fossil fuels green to keep our vital oil & gas industry a vibrant part of our Texas economy.” 

The Carbon Neutral Coalition (CNC) is seeking to establish the infrastructure that will incentivize the energy industry to cut their carbon emissions by utilizing Carbon Capture and Underground Storage (CCUS). The CNC will work with energy stakeholders to create the regulatory framework to establish this infrastructure.