CCUS Projects: What Does the US Regulatory and Permitting Landscape Look Like for 2024?

Join Mike Moore with industry experts Fred Eames and Chuck McConnell as we cover the ground on CCUS US Regulatory and Permitting issues going into 2024.

Carbon capture, sequestration, utilization, and storage (CCUS) is expected to be an essential component in the foundation of meeting net-zero GHG emission goals. Congress has accelerated CCUS as a national decarbonization strategy adding billions in new investments, CCUS projects still face many obstacles in the U.S., and current federal environmental laws and regulations may often impede progress. The regulatory and permitting approvals needed for a CCUS project are complex and may require a multitude of federal, state, and local authorizations. One size does not fit all…..our session looks to give a current overview of what's developing as we move into 2024.

The permitting of a CCUS project is complex and may require a combination of federal, state, and local permits or authorizations. For federal review, a project may require Clean Air Act permits, an Underground Injection Control permit (only three states have primacy), and a Clean Water Act permit, among others. Then there are the issues of landowners and minerals holders, produced water and rights of ways for pipelines and surface roads. As well as environmental and social justice-community engagement actions. Toss in carbon abatement monetization considerations. CCUS projects on federal lands, supported by federal funds, or that require certain federal permits and authorizations, must also comply with NEPA. Then there are likely offshore projects that will need to comply with the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA) and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA).


Michael Moore

Program Director
United States Energy Association

Charles McConnell

Energy Center Officer, Center for Carbon Mgmt in Energy
University of Houston

Fred Eames

Hunton Andrews Kurth