Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) - Action Alert
Three companies proposed to build CCS pipelines across the Midwest, one will be going through the Quad Cities. Find out why this is not a solution to the climate Crisis. Contact your representatives and give them your opinion on these projects.
What do we know about CCS?
- CO2 generated must be processed to remove other co-pollutants prior to transport. To capture each metric ton of CO2, up to 3,000 metric tons of hazardous waste can be generated.
- CO2 must be compressed into liquid form to be transported. Such a process requires a significant amount of energy. The increased energy production to support CCS will increase the emission of greenhouse gases, toxic air pollutants, and hazardous wastes.
- The rupture or break of a highly pressurized pipeline can result in an explosion. On February 22, 2020, a CO2 pipeline in Mississippi collapsed and exploded; it resulted in the hospitalization of 46 residents and evacuation of over 300 people. https://weather.com/news/news/2020-02-23-yazoo-mississippi-ruptured-gas-line-evacuations
- CO2 is an acidic gas; it forms a corrosive acid in the presence of water. A pipeline leak can acidify ground water or surface water.
- CO2 is not classified as a toxic gas, but it can cause asphyxiation by depleting oxygen in the air.
- A pipeline leak can kill all the living organisms at the site.
- Gas-powered emergency response vehicles/equipment require oxygen to operate and will cease to function when there is a high level of CO2.
Is CCS a feasible solution to the climate crisis? CCS is not a climate solution; it increases energy usage. Currently, there is no requirement to monitor CO2 leakage at the storage sites. When not properly managed, CCS can cause significant damage to the environment. We must end our dependence on fossil fuels and invest in REAL climate solutions like alternate energy, battery storage, energy conservation, and efficiency.
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