CCS legislation continues to gain momentum in Congress. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold hearings this Thursday, January 31, on two CCS-related bills: S. 2323, sponsored by Sen. Kerry (D-Mass.), which would establish a grant program to incentivize construction of new plants with CCS capability and provide for a national CO2 storage capacity study; and S. 2144, sponsored by Sen. Coleman (R-Minn.), which relates primarily to transportation of captured CO2 and would require the Energy Department and other federal agencies to assess safety and rights of way issues, as well as the proper classification of transported CO2 (e.g., whether it should be labeled a "commodity," a waste, or something else).

Scheduled witnesses include Joseph Kelliher, chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Krista Edwards, deputy administrator, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation; Benjamin Grumbles, assistant administrator for water, EPA; C. Stephen Allred, assistant secretary for land and minerals management, Interior Department; James Slutz, deputy assistant secretary of the office of oil and natural gas, Energy Department; Lawrence Bengal, director, Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission; Scott Anderson, senior policy adviser, Environmental Defense; and Tracy Evans, senior vice president, Reservoir Engineering, Denbury Resources, Inc.