The White House Council on Environmental Quality recently announced
that WVU College of Law Professor Jesse Richardson has been appointed to a new task
force on responsible development of carbon management technologies. He will be
part of a group providing recommendations to the federal government on Carbon
Capture, Utilization, and Sequestration (CCUS) projects, including carbon
dioxide pipelines. Richardson and the task force will ensure that projects are
permitted efficiently and with the input of a wide range of stakeholders.
According to Richardson, CCUS projects capture carbon instead of allowing it to be released into the atmosphere, potentially cutting pollution.
“We’re trying to reduce carbon to the maximum extent possible but when we can’t, let’s make lemonade out of lemons and see what we can do to capture it and use it to minimize the environmental impact,” Richardson said.