PRESS RELEASE: Gov. Fallin Joins New Governors’ Group to Promote Carbon Capture

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Michael McNutt, Communications Director

June 19, 2018

Governor Mary Fallin Joins New Governors’ Group to Promote Carbon Capture

Governors' Partnership on Carbon Capture Is Modeled After Similar Groups Promoting Other Energy and Environment Issues

OKLAHOMA CITY – A bipartisan group of governors today announced the formation of a new national effort to provide state executive leadership, focus and outreach on behalf of carbon capture policy and technology deployment.

The Governors’ Partnership on Carbon Capture will initially be led by Governors Matt Mead, of Wyoming, and Steve Bullock, of Montana. Governor Mary Fallin, along with Governors Gary Herbert, of Utah, John Bel Edwards, of Louisiana, and Jeff Colyer, of Kansas, will be part of the group.

The partnership will undertake initiatives and support policies that further the development and deployment of carbon capture projects and carbon dioxide (CO2) pipeline infrastructure across the United States.

“The Governors’ Partnership on Carbon Capture will play an important role in developing the potential for CO2 enhanced oil recovery in Oklahoma’s oil and gas production,” said Fallin. “This coalition encourages market-driven solutions in the development of CO2 pipelines and carbon-capture facilities.”

Through the partnership, governors will work together to:

  • Elevate carbon capture and its beneficial utilization and storage as a national priority for American energy independence, job creation, environmental stewardship and global technology leadership.
  • Encourage congressional and presidential action to expand the portfolio of federal policies to put carbon capture on an equal footing with other low and zero-emission energy technologies.
  • Foster carbon capture and CO2 pipeline infrastructure deployment in states and regions by identifying state policies and programs to complement 45Q and other federal policies, and by forging public-private partnerships to support critical projects and overcome barriers to developing, financing and implementing them.

The partnership will undertake analyses, make policy recommendations, and harness the leadership of participating governors to accomplish these objectives.

Formally launched today at the CO2NNECT 2018 conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the partnership will convene a scoping conference call among participating governors following the event. Mead and Bullock will also communicate individually with additional interested governors in the coming weeks. Participating governors will plan an in-person meeting alongside the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in February Washington, D.C.

At the direction of the participating governors, the partnership will be coordinated and staffed by the State Carbon Capture Work Group, which brings together officials from 15 states to address federal- and state-level policies, and to advance carbon capture deployment. Initial funding for the partnership is provided through grants from the MacArthur Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Spitzer Charitable Trust, Energy Foundation, and from private-sector contributions.