Washington D-C – Wyoming's chief water administrator says clean coal poses a risk to the nation's ground water supply.
Wyoming state government is spending millions of dollars on finding ways to capture and store carbon emissions from burning coal. The most talked about approach is to inject the emissions underground. On a Capitol Hill briefing, Kevin Frederick of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality says that would make ground water more vulnerable to contamination.
The technical issues that we need to look at are the propensity for CO2 to migrate underground after it's been injected, to prevent leak, and the effects that leakage of CO2 underground has on drinking water aquifer quality.
Frederick is seeking fifty-six million dollars in federal research funds to make carbon storage safe for groundwater.
So far, subsidies for so-called clean-coal projects have been a tough sell in this deeply divided Congress.