Class VI Carbon Capture, Utilization & Storage (CCUS) refers to the process in which carbon is captured from industrial processes and either utilized by turning the carbon into a new product or stored by injecting the carbon into a storage site, usually underground in a geologic formation.
A well that is used for injecting a carbon dioxide stream for geologic sequestration that:
Wyoming Environmental Quality Act and Industrial Development Information and Siting Act (2020 Edition) 35-11-103:
Carbon sequestration permit requirements and Unitization are outlined in 35-11-313 through 35-11-317
Water Quality Rules Chapter 24, Section 2(v) “Geologic sequestration project” means an injection well or wells used to emplace a carbon dioxide stream into an injection zone for geologic sequestration. It includes the subsurface three-dimensional extent of the carbon dioxide plume, associated pressure front, and displaced fluid, as well as the surface area above that delineated region.
The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality implements the Class VI Program. Water Quality Rules, Chapter 24 outlines the permitting requirements for Class VI wells.
A Geologic Sequestration or Storage project is permitted in two parts 1) construction of the Class VI well and 2) operation of the Class VI well.
Further information on project siting, site characterization, well construction, required documents to include with the permit application are forthcoming.
Questions regarding Class VI wells and the permitting process can be directed to Lily Barkau, P.G. at 307-777-7072 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Section 1421 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requires the US EPA to develop UIC program requirements that protect underground sources of drinking water. Primary enforcement authority, often called primacy, refers to state, territory, or tribal responsibilities associated with implementing US EPA approved UIC programs. Primacy programs are established under Section 1422 and 1425 of the SDWA. Wyoming received primacy over Class I through V in 1983. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality received primacy over Class VI wells on September 3, 2020. Wyoming is one of two states to have received primacy for implementing the Class VI program; the other is North Dakota.
Wyoming’s primacy documents can be found here: