Midwestern states are working with energy companies to overcome one of the biggest obstacles to carbon capture and storage: finding ways to transport the gas from its industrial source to its final resting place.

The Midwestern Governors Association last week announced a goal to site and permit by 2012 at least one interstate pipeline to ferry global warming pollution from the region's power plants to suitable underground storage sites. The goal was among several laid out in the Midwestern Energy Infrastructure Accord aiming to transform the region's coal-rich states into hubs for CCS technology (Greenwire, Oct. 7). An early step in the accord involves the development of a pipeline that would move carbon dioxide from capture-ready coal plants in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky to the Gulf Coast for use in enhanced oil recovery (EOR). Denbury Resources Inc., a Texas-based oil and gas company, announced in July that it was conducting a feasibility study into a 500-mile Midwest pipeline that would link the proposed plants to the company's production fields in Mississippi. The company said it could build the estimated $1 billion pipeline at a profit -- and without government subsidies -- if at least three commercial-scale coal gasification plants in the region supplied CO2.

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