Pennsylvania joins six other states developing a plan to create a widescale system to capture and store carbon dioxide.
The long-term goal described in a news release from Gov. Tom Wolf’s offices would create the infrastructure needed to transport the greenhouse gas emissions created by energy production, manufacturing and other industries.
Wolf said the plan to pursue a carbon capture and storage system is part of the state’s ongoing efforts to combat the effects of global warming, adding the infrastructure project would also bring jobs to the commonwealth.
“This infrastructure plan will continue to invest in those jobs and even create new jobs in emerging energy industries while reducing harmful CO2 emissions,” he said.
Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, Oklahoma and Wyoming have already joined a memorandum of understanding intended to create a regional and national carbon storage network.
The intent is for states to work together proposing tax credits and other financial incentives to connect the network to sites that typically create large amounts of carbon dioxide, like power plans.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory’s website describes carbon capture systems as an underground storage for the gas that would otherwise be put out in the air.
The process essentially stores carbon gases inside of various rock formations, including underground saline water formations, oil and natural gas reservoirs or coal seams that can’t be mined.
The collective group of states would first form a “coordination group” to develop a plan over the next year, using findings from a recently released study by the Great Plains Institute, the release adds.
The study by the Minneapolis-based nonprofit research group identified most of western Pennsylvania as areas where carbon storage could be provided at a “very low cost.”
More information about the multi-state carbon storage plan can be found at carboncaptureready.betterenergy.org.