Illinois Restarts Efforts To Create Carbon Capture Legislation

Republican Senator Seeks To Halt CO2 Pipelines In Illinois Due To Safety Concerns - Carbon Herald
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Earlier this week Illinois Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea filed legislation that would set up a framework for the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the state.

Backed by industry organizations and unions, this effort is a fresh attempt at creating conditions for CCS to develop, following the retracted applications from Navigator CO2 Ventures and Wolf Carbon Solutions last year, with Navigator ultimately cancelling its 1,350-mile pipeline.

Senate Bill 3311 and House Bill 569, would create the Climate and Landowner Protection Act, aiming to provide clarity when it comes landowners’ rights for the pore space under private property and the exact responsibilities project developers would have when it comes to safety.

“This legislation is a win for Illinois because it’s a major driver of economic development and results in a significant reduction in carbon,” said Mark Denzler, president of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association. “I’ll be very clear: Illinois and the United States cannot meet our carbon goals without CCS.”

But the bills have been met with opposition from significant stakeholders like environmental organizations and the Illinois Farm Bureau (ILFB), citing concerns about inadequate safeguards for landowners.

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Both the ILFB and Sierra Club of Illinois point out the absence of provisions for the carbon capture pipelines that would have to be constructed underneath farmland with the latter also saying that the use of eminent domain should also be prohobited.

In the current draft, project developers are required to obtain agreement for 71% of the area above a storage facility to begin construction. The rest would be compensated and required to participate.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker hasn’t made an official statement regarding the bills but shared with media that he starts out “with a degree of skepticism” about their approval, citing the strong division between the two sides.

The timeline for House Bill 569 isn’t confirmed but there are expectations that the House Energy & Environment Committee will begin deliberations within the month.

Read more: Illinois Rejects Carbon Pipeline Permit For One Earth Energy

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