Permitting Geologic Sequestration Sites
A comprehensive legal and regulatory framework for geologic sequestration (GS) is needed to provide structure and certainty for CCS project developers, investors, and the public, and to ensure that injection operations are safe and permanent. This framework should include: 1) permitting rules governing GS site selection and operation; 2) processes for obtaining access to pore space; 3) arrangements for management of long-term liability and stewardship; and 4) greenhouse gas accounting protocols to link CCS to future climate or energy programs. This chapter focuses on regulation of GS site permitting. Policy governing access to pore space, long-term liability issues, and greenhouse gas accounting is covered in Chapters 6, 7, and 8, respectively.