If you have been reading our blog you probably already know all the facts and figures about how carbon capture is a fossil fuel scam with a track record of failure, or about how the LDNR, as well as Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) – which is responsible for environmental oversight of air and water – have poor track records of sufficiently monitoring our existing pipeline and well infrastructure.
Jesse George, AAE's New Orleans Policy Director, spoke against the LDNR's application for primacy at the public hearing on June 21st.
I am here to deliver a message to those who would turn Louisiana into a dumping ground: You are not welcome, and your efforts here will not be worth your while.
When primacy is granted, permitting and development takes off. While the EPA has only permitted TWO class VI injection wells nationwide, one of the two states that currently has this permitting responsibility, North Dakota, has already permitted FIVE.
We know from past experience with oil and gas wells and pipelines where these projects will be sited: in low-income communities, Black communities, and Indigenous communities. Communities across the state have said and are saying no to carbon capture in their backyards. Dozens of Louisianans came to the capitol in Baton Rouge over three days to provide their input on the LDNR's application.
"The Gulf is not a sacrifice zone to be used by the oil and gas industry. Enough is enough," said Justin Solet, member of the United Houma Nation and lifelong Louisianian.
Logan Burke, AAE's Executive Director, also gave comment at the June 21st hearing.
Louisiana agencies and leaders have been clear that it fully intends to quickly issue permits to the projects racing to be developed in our state. It is clear that industry trusts that our Department of Natural Resources will move these permits along more hastily, than the EPA, as there are nearly a dozen injection projects that have been announced and are participating in other federal permitting procedures that have not filed anything with the EPA for deep CO2 injection. This means they are waiting.
Make your voice heard! Submit a comment to the EPA here, until July 3, 2023. Not sure what to say? The Sierra Club has you covered. It can be intimidating to write comments, but you can get support developing your story on June 27th at 6:30pm. Register for their virtual session at: https://bit.ly/446hsY0.
In the News
The Advocate, Nola.com, Desmog, Washington Post, and others have been reporting on the hearings. Get the rundown: