WPR News
9:34 am
Fri February 27, 2009

Carbon storage bill signed into law

Cheyenne, WY – Gov. Dave Freudenthal has signed into law two bills that help to define Wyoming's regulatory structure for the underground storage of carbon dioxide gas.

Freudenthal on Thursday signed House Bill 57, which establishes that the right to mine or drill for resources would have precedence over the right to store carbon gas underground.

Freudenthal also signed House Bill 58. That bill specifies that whoever injects carbon gas underground remains legally responsible for it.

Wyoming, the nation's largest coal-producing state, is anxious to manage carbon gas, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants. It was the first state in the nation last year to pass laws establishing that the owners of the surface of the land also own
the underground storage rights.