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Group Of Governors Form To Support And Encourage Carbon Capture

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Matt Fry
Office of Governor Matt Mead

Montana and Wyoming’s Governors Steve Bullock and Matt Mead announced Tuesday the formation of a new group focused on supporting carbon capture policies and projects: the Governors' Partnership on Carbon Capture. While the two will lead the group, Louisiana, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Utah will also be involved.

Matt Fry, Gov. Matt Mead's Policy Advisor, said the intention of the Governors' Partnership on Carbon Capture is to create a unified voice on policies related to the topic at both state and federal level. Fry said one of the first projects from the group will be getting carbon capture technology on the ground.

"We’re going to look at opportunities for sources of CO2 and then opportunities for sinks of CO2, which could either be saline storage or enhanced oil recovery. There will be models done with financial availability and feasibility of projects as well as potential pipeline corridors to connect these sources and sinks of CO2,” Fry said.

That will start with the northern Rockies, Midwest and Northern Plains with other regions to come. Gov. Mead sent invitations to 17 states to join the initiative.

Fry added the group is also important in addressing climate change concerns.

"Gov. Mead just said the time for debate and discussion is over, it’s time to actually deploy projects. We’ve all got our economies as well as our workforce are highly dependent on the development and use of fossil fuels. It's not the only tool in the toolbox, but it’s one we’re highly supportive of,” Fry said.

There’s no concrete date for the group’s first meeting. The coalition will be staffed by another working group of officials from 15 states also focused on carbon capture.

Before Wyoming, Cooper McKim has reported for NPR stations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and South Carolina. He's reported breaking news segments and features for several national NPR news programs. Cooper is the host of the limited podcast series Carbon Valley. Cooper studied Environmental Policy and Music. He's an avid jazz piano player, backpacker, and podcast listener.
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