GETTING FROM HERE TO THERE: DEVISING AN OPTIMAL REGULATORY MODEL FOR CO2 TRANSPORT IN A NEW CARBON CAPTURE AND SEQUESTRATION INDUSTRY

  • Jennifer Skougard Horne

Abstract

If CCS is to become a broad-scale commercial industry in time to meet the need for climate change mitigation, the United States must adopt a regulatory model that will allow for efficient construction of critical infrastructure. A well-crafted regulatory framework gives private would-be CCS operators information on which to build business models and make decisions about whether to invest resources in CCS. In this way, sound regulation can facilitate industry development while protecting other important public interests. The scale and complexity of a commercial CCS industry demand a comprehensive, coordinated approach to CCS regulation. A strong federal role probably is the most workable and efficient means of doing so, given the unique regulatory needs and policy considerations of CCS. Certainly, the nascent state of CCS technology means that a learning curve is inevitable for project operators and regulators, and it is not yet clear just what the CCS landscape will look like. It may change radically over time, from a series of localized, self-contained projects to a vast, interconnected network dotted with new and retrofitted plants. Regulation of CO2 transport should be adaptable enough to account for this learning curve, leaving regulated entities with room enough for necessary experimentation and adjustment as they identify best practices. The regulatory model for transport described in this Note highlights some of the important transport issues that should be considered in that effort.

Author Biography

Jennifer Skougard Horne
© 2010 Jennifer Horne is a third year law student at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah. This Note is based in part on research completed for the University of Utah Institute of Clean and Secure Energy (ICSE). All opinions contained herein are the author's own. The author would like to recognize the substantial insights provided by Professor Lincoln L. Davies of the S.J. Quinney College of Law, and additional valuable assistance from Professor Christopher L. Peterson, and from John Ruple, Fellow with the Wallace Stenger Center for Land, Resources, and the Environment.
How to Cite
HORNE, Jennifer Skougard. GETTING FROM HERE TO THERE: DEVISING AN OPTIMAL REGULATORY MODEL FOR CO2 TRANSPORT IN A NEW CARBON CAPTURE AND SEQUESTRATION INDUSTRY. Utah Environmental Law Review, [S.l.], v. 30, n. 2, june 2010. Available at: <http://epubs.utah.edu/index.php/jlrel/article/view/337>. Date accessed: 17 oct. 2017.
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