On December 28, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave Louisiana the primary regulatory authority (primacy) over Class VI wells, the wells used to inject carbon dioxide underground. Louisiana is the third state to be granted primacy after Wyoming was granted primacy in 2020 and North Dakota in 2018. With primacy, Louisiana has the authority to grant Class VI permits, a responsibility that fell under the EPA’s authority prior to this decision. This decision expands the carbon capture and storage industry in Louisiana, a major milestone in the state’s climate goals.
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