42 U.S. Code § 17271 - Carbon dioxide sequestration capacity assessment
The term “assessment” means the national assessment of onshore capacity for carbon dioxide completed under subsection (f).
The term “capacity” means the portion of a sequestration formation that can retain carbon dioxide in accordance with the requirements (including physical, geological, and economic requirements) established under the methodology developed under subsection (b).
The term “engineered hazard” includes the location and completion history of any well that could affect potential sequestration.
The term “risk” includes any risk posed by geomechanical, geochemical, hydrogeological, structural, and engineered hazards.
The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Director of the United States Geological Survey.
The Secretary shall consult with the Secretary of Energy and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency on issues of data sharing, format, development of the methodology, and content of the assessment required under this section to ensure the maximum usefulness and success of the assessment.
The methodology developed under this section shall be updated periodically (including at least once every 5 years) to incorporate new data as the data becomes available.
Not later than 2 years after the date of publication of the methodology under subsection (d)(1), the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Energy and State geological surveys, shall complete a national assessment of capacity for carbon dioxide in accordance with the methodology.
As part of the drilling program under paragraph (2), the Secretary shall enter, as appropriate, into partnerships with other entities to collect and integrate data from other drilling programs relevant to the sequestration of carbon dioxide in geological formations.
Not later than 180 days after the date on which the assessment is completed, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives a report describing the findings under the assessment.
There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $30,000,000 for the period of fiscal years 2008 through 2012.