Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 12, 2009
Sen. David Myers
Governor Signs Myers’ Environmental Bills
The Governor recently signed two environmental bills
that could help make Oklahoma a national leader on such issues.
Myers is the author of SB 679 which re-creating the Oklahoma
Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide Task Force. He also authored
SB 953 which creates the Oklahoma Clean Energy Independence Commission.
“Carbon dioxide is released from the combustion of materials
that contain carbon including coal, natural gas, oil and wood.
The production and use of these materials are fundamental to our
state’s economy,” said Myers, R-Ponca City. “There
are continuing efforts to capture carbon dioxide released into
the atmosphere and store it in a safe way, such as in underground
Under SB 679, a task force established last year will be able
to continue to study any issues necessary to implement the transmission
and storage of carbon dioxide in geologic formations, including,
but not limited to, insurance, liability and ownership issues
relating to long-term carbon dioxide storage facilities.
“For many years, technologies for the injection, of carbon
dioxide in underground geologic formations have been developed
and successfully utilized for the extraction of crude oil. Oklahoma’s
a leader in developing these technologies,” said Myers.
“Our knowledge of these technologies will be basic in developing
methods for future sequestration of carbon dioxide which will
not only be good for the environment, but our state’s economy.”
SB 953 creates the Oklahoma Clean Energy Independence Commission.
The Secretary of Energy will select the members of the commission,
which must include representatives from governmental agencies
with energy-related responsibilities, private energy industries,
including traditional and alternative technologies, and public
and private state universities with an interest in energy technologies.
The purpose of the Commission is to utilize a dedicated group
of Oklahomans with experience in energy-related industries to
make a contribution to the nation’s efforts to address the
energy issues, including the country’s dependence on foreign
Myers, a former chemical engineer, is a leading national expert
on carbon dioxide and other energy-related issues and travels
the country teaching others about the importance of the issue
to the nation’s economy as well as environmental protection.
For more information contact:
Sen. Myers' Office - 405-521-5628