It could soon be faster to set up carbon storage in Texas if EPA agrees with state’s pitch

“The railroad commissioners are on the record either deriding federal climate standards or saying they don’t believe in human-induced climate change,” said Virginia Palacios, executive director of a group working to reform the RRC called Commission Shift, in a statement. She added that should disqualify them “from overseeing such a complex and significant technology.”

The RRC’s application will now go to a public comment period before the EPA makes its decision. Commission Shift said it’s joining more than a dozen other Texas-based groups in asking the EPA to continue overseeing carbon capture projects instead of turning that power solely over to the RRC.

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