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Fri February 12, 2010
Debate over carbon sequestration bill
By Bob Beck
Cheyenne, WY – A Gillette Republican is urging the Wyoming House to pass what he calls the final bill in a package of measures that address carbon sequestration. This latest bill sets up regulations for the sequestration process and also a funding mechanism to make sure the sites remain environmentally sound. Representative Tom Lubnau says the bill requires companies involved in the process to either bond or provide financial assurance that mitigation or reclamation will occur: "The philosophy I think should be that if you can't put up the financial assurances, we don't want you to do it in this state."
Some lawmakers questioned the need to hire an extra Department of Environmental Quality employee to oversee the process. The House will debate the bill two more times.