A Policy,Legal, and Regulatory Evaluation of the Feasibility of a National Pipeline Infrastructure for the Transport and Storage of Carbon Dioxide (2010)

A Policy,Legal, and Regulatory Evaluation of the Feasibility of a National Pipeline Infrastructure for the Transport and Storage of Carbon Dioxide. IOGCC Pipeline Transportation Task Force (PTTF), December 31, 2010. The report focuses on the transportation of carbon dioxide (CO2) through pipelines from a “source” to a geologic ”sink,” the possibility of a federal mandate requiring capture and storage of CO2, and provides an overview of carbon capture drivers, the geologic means of storing CO2. It also describes the nature, size, and location of the significant CO2 pipeline system currently operating in the United States. It describes the state and federal regulatory regime, under which the current CO2 pipeline system operates. An analysis is made of the regulation of CO2 pipeline systems under the Interstate Commerce Act and the Natural Gas Act and potential business models for future CO2 pipeline build-out. Potential regulatory models are described and there is discussion of economic issues relative to future construction of CO2 pipelines. Conclusions and recommendations suggest that the market is responding to current CO2 pipeline construction demand. Conclusions recommend that future market response to those needs occur with limited federal intervention.


The Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) / Southern States Energy Board (SSEB) Pipeline Transportation Task Force (PTTF) was formed in April 2009 for the purposes of examining the legal and regulatory environment surrounding CO2 pipelines and transport. This working group led and directed the research, analysis, and conclusions contained in this report utilizing IOGCC’s collaborative work group model.


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