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Title: Regulatory and Permitting Issues

As part of the West Coast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (WESTCARB), Terralog Technologies USA, Inc., reviewed current state and federal regulations related to carbon dioxide capture and storage within geologic formations and enhanced carbon uptake in terrestrial ecosystems. We have evaluated and summarized the current and possible future permitting requirements for the six states that comprise the West Coast Regional Partnership. Four options exist for CO{sub 2} injection into appropriate geologic formations, including storage in: (1) oil and gas reservoirs, (2) saline formations, (3) unmineable coal beds, and (4) salt caverns. Terrestrial CO{sub 2} sequestration involves improved carbon conservation management (e.g. reduction of deforestation), carbon substitution (e.g., substitution for fossil fuel-based products, energy conservation through urban forestry, biomass for energy generation), and improved carbon storage management (e.g., expanding the storage of carbon in forest ecosystems). The primary terrestrial options for the West Coast Region include: (1) reforestation of under-producing lands (including streamside forest restoration), (2) improved forest management, (3) forest protection and conservation, and (4) fuel treatments for the reduction of risk of uncharacteristically severe fires (potentially with associated biomass energy generation). The permits and/or contracts required for any land-use changes/disturbances and biomass energy generation that may occur as partmore » of WESTCARB's activities have been summarized for each state.« less
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
908319
DOE Contract Number:
FC26-03NT41984
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
California Energy Commission
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
01 COAL, LIGNITE, AND PEAT; 09 BIOMASS FUELS; BIOMASS; CARBON; CARBON DIOXIDE; CARBON SEQUESTRATION; COAL; DEFORESTATION; ECOSYSTEMS; ENERGY CONSERVATION; FORESTRY; FORESTS; GEOLOGIC FORMATIONS; REGULATIONS; SALT CAVERNS; STORAGE; TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS