Existing law requires the State Air Resources Board (ARB), on or before January 1, 2025, to adopt regulations for a unified permit application for the construction and operation of carbon dioxide capture, removal, or sequestration projects to expedite the issuance of permits or other authorizations for the construction and operation of those projects. Existing law requires a relevant state agency to use the unified permit application when issuing a permit or other authorization for the construction and operation of a carbon dioxide capture, removal, or sequestration project.
This bill would, until the unified permit application is adopted, require a relevant state agency to use its own application when issuing a permit or other authorization for the construction and operation of those projects.
Existing law prohibits a well operator from injecting a concentrated carbon dioxide fluid produced by a carbon dioxide capture, removal, or sequestration project into a Class II injection well for purposes of enhanced oil recovery, including the facilitation of enhanced oil recovery from another well.
This bill would exclude from the above prohibition the incidental and unintentional expulsion of residual oil resulting from the injection of a concentrated carbon dioxide fluid into a well that has been deemed emptied of oil before injection during the execution of a carbon dioxide capture, removal, or sequestration project that did not use enhanced oil recovery technologies.
Existing law, the California Wildlife, Coastal, and Park Land Conservation Act (The Act), an initiative bond measure approved by the voters as Proposition 70 at the June 7, 1988, statewide primary election, authorizes bonds to be issued and sold for use in carrying out wildlife, coastal, and parkland conservation programs. The Act prohibits the disbursement of funds from the sale of the bonds to a grant applicant unless the applicant agrees to use the property only for the purposes of the act and to make no other use, sale, or other disposition of the property except in accordance with a specific act of the Legislature. The Act requires a grantee to take certain action if the use of the property acquire through grants under the act is changed to one other than permitted under the category from which the funds were appropriated.
This bill would authorize an applicant receiving a grant pursuant to The Act for the acquisition of property to authorize the use of the property for a carbon dioxide capture, removal, or sequestration project if that use does not interfere or otherwise affect the use of the property permitted under the category from which funds appropriated were used to acquire the property.
Existing law requires the Natural Resources Agency, in consultation with the California Public Utilities Commission, no later than February 1, 2023, to provide a proposal to the Legislature to establish a state framework and standards for the design, operation, siting, and maintenance of intrastate pipelines carrying carbon dioxide fluids of varying composition and phase to minimize the risk posed to public and environmental health and safety.
This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact further legislation to establish those recommended framework and standards.
Committee Location: Double-referred to the Senate Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Environmental Quality Committee
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