BATON ROUGEConsumer Energy Alliance, the leading energy and environmental advocate for families and businesses, issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted Louisiana’s request to assume primary permitting and enforcement authority for UIC Class VI injection wells under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

“CEA is thrilled to learn that the EPA has granted Louisiana the ability to permit Class VI wells in Louisiana. Granting the state the authority to deal with all aspects of permitting for carbon capture is the right thing for both the environment and business. It should also help expedite Class VI injection applications in Louisiana as well as across the nation,” CEA Vice President Katie Hammons said.

“With the approval of Louisiana’s application, the state – a leading advocate for carbon capture – is able to more safely and expeditiously remove carbon emissions from the atmosphere while continuing to allow the industries that provide us with affordable, reliable and sustainable energy to thrive. CEA is glad to see that Louisiana is now the third state to be granted authority to permit its own Class VI wells.”

In June 2023, CEA representatives urged the EPA to approve Louisiana’s applications during primacy hearings in Baton Rouge. For the past year, CEA has also educated Louisiana stakeholders about the benefits of carbon capture and storage.

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