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EPA probe of Texas oil wells could stymie carbon capture industryEnergy WireMedia Coverage

The agency is examining whether the state is adequately monitoring underground injection of carbon dioxide and wastewater.

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By Shelby Webb
June 24, 2024

EPA headquarters. Francis Chung/E&E News

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The EPA is launching a review into Texas’ oversight of wells for injecting gases and chemicals underground — a process that could thwart the state’s hopes to oversee long-term carbon sequestration and change how companies operate in the most productive oil fields in the country.

The review is in response to a petition from two nonprofits — EarthJustice and Commission Shift — that asked EPA to investigate how the state’s oil and gas regulator oversees Class II wells, where companies inject tons of wastewater, carbon dioxide and other gases and chemicals. Those wells in Texas have been linked to earthquakes that have rocked West Texas and have also been tied to sinkholes and explosions.

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