Energy secretary says carbon capture industry could grow in Oklahoma

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Carbon capture. It’s something that Oklahoma Energy Secretary Ken McQueen believes has a future in Oklahoma, simply because of its natural geography.

“Oklahoma has a lot of sedimentary rocks in the Anadarko basin,” he recently told Scott Mitchell as the two discussed energy’s future in Oklahoma. “There’s a lot of places to look in Oklahoma.

The reason is to reduce carbon emissions.

“I think it’s going to be a great opportunity for some businesses. There’s a lot of interest going on.”

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality are part of the development and exploration of carbon capture projects in the state.

McQueen said a recent stakeholders meeting was held regarding the future of carbon capture.

McQueen also discussed the state’s join hydrogen hub project with Arkansas and Louisiana. The state was one of 79 projects that applied for a chance at some of the $8 billion in federal funding.

McQueen said 33 were chosen as finalists, including Oklahoma. The state’s application is pending and a federal decision is expected in September.