On August 30, 2022, the Texas Railroad Commission approved proposed regulations relating to Class VI wells utilized for injecting and sequestering carbon dioxide in geologic formations. This is an important step towards obtaining primary enforcement authority (or “primacy”) over the Safe Drinking Water Act Underground Injection Control (“UIC”) Class VI well permitting program, which currently lies with the Environmental Protection Agency. Wyoming and North Dakota have already obtained primacy over Class VI wells and Louisiana has submitted its primacy application and is expected to achieve primacy within the next year.

Click here to read the RRC document and here for more detailed information on the regulation of Class VI wells.

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Photo of Caleb J. Madere Caleb J. Madere

Caleb practices in the areas of Energy & Natural Resources Law and Energy Litigation. His practice focuses on title examination, contract negotiation, and various issues relating to the acquisition and divestiture of mineral interests. Caleb also has experience in the emerging renewables industry…

Caleb practices in the areas of Energy & Natural Resources Law and Energy Litigation. His practice focuses on title examination, contract negotiation, and various issues relating to the acquisition and divestiture of mineral interests. Caleb also has experience in the emerging renewables industry where he has experience drafting and negotiating solar leasing agreements for clients and has advised clients on carbon capture and sequestration projects. He also has experience litigating various oil and gas, property, and environmental matters, including joint operating agreement disputes, mineral lease maintenance disputes, and environmental contamination suits.

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Jeff Lieberman is a Lafayette-based energy lawyer who helps mineral clients with title, conveyance, unitization, permitting, and regulatory issues involving oil and gas.  Jeff regularly appears on behalf of clients before the Louisiana Commissioner of Conservation and the State Mineral and Energy Board…

Jeff Lieberman is a Lafayette-based energy lawyer who helps mineral clients with title, conveyance, unitization, permitting, and regulatory issues involving oil and gas.  Jeff regularly appears on behalf of clients before the Louisiana Commissioner of Conservation and the State Mineral and Energy Board in Baton Rouge.