Yaw Convenes Briefing on Carbon Capture Technology

HARRISBURG – State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) this week chaired an informational briefing  on the deployment and utilization of carbon dioxide management technologies in Pennsylvania.

“Carbon capture and storage is broadly recognized as having the potential to play a key role in decarbonizing many industry sectors here in Pennsylvania and across the globe,” said Sen. Gene Yaw, Majority Chairman of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.  “The committee briefing allowed for the review of the technology, as well as the review of costs associated with the capture, transport and storage of carbon dioxide.”

Carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), also referred to as carbon capture, utilization and sequestration, is a process that captures carbon dioxide emissions from sources like coal-fired power plants and either reuses or stores it so it will not enter the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide storage in geologic formations includes oil and gas reservoirs, un-mineable coal seams and deep saline reservoirs — structures that have stored crude oil, natural gas, brine and carbon dioxide over millions of years.

Dr. Brian Anderson, Director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory, was among seven presenters during the briefing.

“While decarbonization is underway to varying degrees in many parts of the world and in the United States, achieving that goal requires transformational technology development,” Dr. Anderson noted.  “At present, carbon-laden

fossil resources account for 80 percent of electric power generated domestically. Decarbonized fossil-based solutions are necessary as a bridge to carbon-free technologies.”

The hearing also included testimony from:

  • Dr. Gale C. Blackmer, Director, Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey, DCNR
  • Kristin Carter, PG, CPG, Assistant State Geologist, Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey, DCNR
  • Denise Brinley, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Office of Energy, DCED
  • Jacquie Fidler, Vice President of Environmental & Sustainability, Consol Energy, Inc.
  • Dr. Evan Blumer, Principal, OsoMono, LTD
  • Perry Babb, Chairman & CEO, KeyState Natural Gas Synthesis

For more state-related news and information visit Senator Yaw’s website at www.SenatorGeneYaw.com or on Facebook and Twitter @SenatorGeneYaw.


CONTACT:    Nick Troutman    (717) 787-3280

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