About CO2 Pipelines in North Dakota
- There are currently 205 Miles of CO2 pipelines in North Dakota
- CO2 pipelines have been safely operating in ND for 50 years
CO2 Pipeline Facts
- These projects utilize long-standing, proven, and reliable technologies that are safe for landowners and the communities they travel through
- Carbon capture technology is currently in use at more than 40 ethanol plants across the United States with more than 5,000 miles of CO2 pipelines in the United States. All of these are regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation with zero fatalities associated with CO2 pipelines over the past 20 years.
- Unlike many other gases or substances that are transported by pipelines, the compressed CO2 is not flammable or explosive when mixed with air, making it a safer substance to transport.
- This process has been done, and done safely, for over 50 years to date.
- Oil and gas were similarly stored underground naturally, and the rocks used to to store CO2 are the same as those that naturally housed fossil fuels for millions of years.
About The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
Like all large-scale infrastructure projects, pipelines are heavily regulated at both the state and federal levels. There are rules and agencies working to ensure that carbon capture, transportation and storage projects are safe and accountable.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is part of the United States Department of Transportation. PHMSA’s Office of Pipeline Safety ensures “the safe, reliable, and environmentally-sound operation of the nation’s natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline transportation system.”
PHMSA’s mission is to “protect people and the environment by advancing the safe transportation of energy and other hazardous materials that are essential to our daily lives.” It “establishes national policy, sets and enforces standards, educates, and conducts research to prevent incidents.”
PHMSA regulates America’s 2.6 million mile pipeline transportation system and the “nearly 1 million daily shipments of hazardous materials by land, sea, and air.”
As part of its regulatory system, PHMSA ensures that pipeline systems are safe and secure. This includes the strict regulation of carbon capture pipelines that employ tested technology to transport and store carbon dioxide emissions underground safely.
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