Opposed by The Climate Center

SB 438 (Caballero) Carbon Capture, Removal, Utilization, and Storage Program

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)

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 residual oil produced at the surface from a Class VI well, as defined, resulting from the injection of a concentrated carbon dioxide fluid into a Class VI well that has been deemed emptied of oil before injection during the execution of a carbon dioxide capture, removal, or sequestration project.

The bill would require any oil produced from a Class VI well to be reported to the State Air Resources Board and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9, within 60 days of its occurrence. Because a violation of this reporting requirement would be a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Read more in Capital & Main: Industry is ‘misadvertising’ a carbon capture bill in order to obscure its risky intent, according to an oil and gas advocate

Status: Held by the author, now a two-year bill.

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