Second, these three days of public hearings were originally scheduled for four hours this week – but so many stakeholders and members of the public were interested in providing public testimony that the EPA had no choice but to reschedule and extend hearings to allow for participation.
Giving Louisiana primacy over Class VI wells, and therefore over CCS projects, would be a mistake. While proponents of CCS like to claim that the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources requires more rigorous permitting and monitoring than the EPA, the fact of the matter is that LDNR, as well as Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality – which is responsible for environmental oversight of air and water – have poor track records of sufficiently monitoring our existing pipeline and well infrastructure. Allowing the state to rubber stamp CCS projects will only increase the number of wells and pipelines that should be overseen, but won’t be, due to lack of capacity on the part of these state agencies.
Make your voice heard! Submit a public comment here, until July 3, 2023.
While registration for public testimony at the hearing on Wednesday, June 21st (scheduled for 1pm-8pm) is closed, you can still attend, and we encourage you to join us there! You will still have an opportunity to speak that day - time permitting.
If you would like to register for the hearing on the 22nd or the 23rd, here is the link! Registration closes tomorrow, Thursday, June 8th.