New Hampshire Public Utility Commission
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|Submitted||March 21, 2022|
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From: Climate Investigations Center
To whom it may concern,
This request focuses on the planning and safety of a nationwide high pressure carbon dioxide pipeline network spanning nearly every state.
We ask this question in light of the recently published HuffPost article “The Gassing Of Satartia” by Dan Zegart, which details an accident in Mississippi where a large CO2 pipeline ruptured in February 2020, flooding a small town with a dense cloud of CO2 and injuring dozens of people, some of whom were found unconscious, trapped in their cars while trying to escape. Most residents were unaware of the danger prior to the incident or how to respond.
The development of carbon capture and storage has been prioritized at the Federal level since the late 2000s. Funding for CO2 pipelines by 2021 is part of multiple bills before Congress.
Maps found within reports published by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) Carbon Capture Program, Princeton University and non-profit organizations like the Great Plains Institute, show a vast nationwide network of planned CO2 pipelines. Theoretically, the pipeline network would transport captured CO2 from existing pollution sources like power plants, oil and gas production and cement manufacturing, to sites in other states that have been identified for deep injection into geologic formations.
According to maps attached below the request, New Hampshire is identified as having existing CO2 pollution sources and/or planned CO2 pipelines and disposal sites. These modeling exercises and maps have been developed for use in national CCS programs, budgeting and planning.
Maps attached are copied from these specific documents:
Carbon Capture Coalition (Great Plains Institute), “Federal Policy Blueprint” February 2021, pg.16
Princeton University, “Net Zero America”, December 2020, page 243
Our FOIA/Public Records request in more detail:
I request copies of all communications, reports, notes, and discussions pertaining to the safety of carbon dioxide (CO2) pipelines that have been built or will be built within New Hampshire as part of a national carbon capture and storage (CCS) plan being developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and it’s Carbon Capture Program.
Specifically, I request all communications regarding CO2 pipelines, CO2 transport, and CO2 disposal within the state of New Hampshire between the New Hampshire Public Utility Commission and other state or local agencies, as well as, but not limited to, any of the following Federal agencies or task forces:
Interagency Task Force on Carbon Capture and Storage
Department of Energy
Office of Fossil Energy
Carbon Storage Program
Department of Interior
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM),
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS,
Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC)
Department of Transportation (DOT)
Environmental Protection Agency
Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC)
I also request copies of any notes, communications, discussions including but not limited to the following topic areas:
CO2 Pipeline Routing and Risks
Any specific CO2 pipeline routes discussed within New Hampshire
Consideration of potential risks to communities or environmental justice concerns during route planning process
Pipeline construction specifications - diameter, pressure, capacity of pipelines to be built
Risk of leaks from CO2 pipelines
Experiments or modeling of CO2 pipeline accidents
Potential risk contamination of CO2 waste stream, including hydrogen sulfide and water.
Setbacks from populated areas - distance
Warning systems for nearby communities
Specialized CO2 training for first responders
Availability of self-contained breathing apparatus for first responders
Information and/or training for health care staff in treatment of hypercapnia (CO2 poisoning)
The time frame for this request is 2003 to the present.
Climate Investigations Center (CIC) requests these records so that communities may have adequate information in order to protect themselves from the hazards posed by CO2 pipelines. The state’s Public Records/Open Records/FOIA law is designed to ensure transparency and for that reason, agencies are to liberally interpret the law in favor of disclosure and to process records in a timely manner.
Disclosure of these records, especially for proposed pipelines, cannot reasonably present a danger to public safety and instead would provide a powerful tool for community input prior to construction. Additionally, to the extent your search results contain information that is legally exempt from disclosure, non-exempt material must be separated from those records to the extent feasible and provided in response to this request.
Because CIC requests this information for the public benefit and has no commercial interest in the material, I also request a waiver of fees. Should you decide to charge fees for providing copies of records in response to my request, please notify me. If practicable, provide copies of records in their native format. I request that you provide records in electronic form using the email address listed below. Please reach out to me with any questions or issues regarding this request.
Thank you for your assistance.
Climate Investigations Center
Climate Investigations Center
From: Muckrock Staff
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following New Hampshire Right to Know Law request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 22, 2022. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.
From: Public Utility Commission
Kert Davies, Director
Daniel Zegart, Senior Investigator
Climate Investigations Center
Dear Mr. Davies and Mr. Zegart,
On March 22, 2022, we received your request under RSA chapter 91-A for
Copies of records, including communications between the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission and local, state, and specified federal agencies, from 2003 to the present pertaining to carbon dioxide pipelines that have been built in New Hampshire, or will be built in New Hampshire, as part of the national carbon capture and storage plan.
A review of our records indicated that we have no documents responsive to this request.
You may wish to contact the New Hampshire Department of Energy, as any responsive records may have been transferred to the Department of Energy, which was established on July 1, 2021:
NH Department of Energy
21 South Fruit Street, Suite 10
Concord, NH 03301
Michelle A. Bunnemeyer
New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission
21 S. Fruit Street, Suite 10
Concord, NH 03301-2429
Tel. (603) 271-2438
Fax (603) 271-3878
This email and any accompanying attachments are intended only for the use of the addressees named herein and may concern privileged and/or confidential information. If you are not an intended recipient of this email, or an employee or agent responsible for delivering it to the intended recipient(s), you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this email and its attachments is strictly prohibited. If you have received this email in error, please notify me by return email and telephone at 603.271.2438 and then permanently delete the original and any copies of this email and its attachments.