WPR News
8:42 am
Fri January 16, 2009

Three carbon storage bills considered

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House of Representatives has started work on three bills that will help regulate the underground storage of carbon dioxide gas.

Wyoming officials say that addressing the capture and storage of CO2 will all the states energy industry to thrive. But Representative David Miller of Riverton is disappointed in the legislation, because he says it only addresses traditional minerals.

Miller the bill should include more than just hydrocarbons.

For example, he says underground aquifers can produce lithium gas, which could have industrial applications.

But Casper Republican Tom Lockhart says the focus should be on current issues. Wyoming passed several bills last year as well and is viewed as a leader in carbon storage legislation.