LIVINGSTON PARISH SEQUESTRATION HUB
Livingston Parish is playing an important role in the development of a carbon sequestration hub that will be part of a new carbon, capture and storage (CCS) industry. These hubs will provide safe, secure storage of human-made carbon dioxide (CO₂) deep underground in geologic formations.
The drilling rig is on location and we are continuing to drill and log the data well. We have begun collecting whole core rock samples. This data well, or stratigraphic well, is being drilled to gather information and assess the rock formations about a mile below the earth's surface. No carbon injection will in occur during this phase of the project.
On Tuesday evening, September 27th, Oxy 1PointFive representatives attended the Livingston Parish Council meeting where we discussed our project, and addressed questions from local and state representatives as well as residents.
Recently, The Global CCS Institute released videos on how CCS works and how the technology will support our global net-zero goals. Click here to visit the Global CCS Institute website and view the videos.
We look forward to providing you with future updates. Meanwhile, if you have specific questions or want to provide feedback, don't hesitate to get in touch with our team.
WHAT IS GEOLOGIC SEQUESTRATION?
Geologic sequestration is the process of safely and securely storing CO₂ in deep underground rock formations. First, CO₂ will be captured from an industrial facility, such as a steel or cement plant, or pulled from the atmosphere around us by innovative facilities called “Direct Air Capture” plants. Captured CO₂ is injected through highly specialized wells into rock formations for safe, secure storage. The secure storage of captured CO₂, either from industrial and power sources or directly from the air, is widely recognized as a critical climate mitigation technology that will reduce CO₂ emissions. To ensure protection of drinking water resources and permanence of injected CO₂ storage, geologic sequestration is highly regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to ensure protection of drinking water resources and permanence of CO₂ injected.
This entire process is commonly referred to as carbon capture and storage (CCS).
1PointFive has leased land from Weyerhaeuser Company to develop a carbon sequestration hub in northeastern Livingston Parish, Louisiana. 1PointFive intends to use the land to safely and securely sequester CO₂ in underground rock formations while Weyerhaeuser continues to manage the above-ground acreage as a working forest.
1PointFive estimates the hub can store as much as six million metric tons of CO₂ per year– the equivalent to the annual emissions of approximately 1.3 million passenger vehicles, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Livingston hub, which is planned for operation beginning in 2025, is expected to include 16 wells: five to six wells to inject CO₂ into the geologic storage formation, and eight to 10 wells for monitoring the CO₂ above, below and within the geologic formation.
The hub’s CO₂ pipelines will run underground within the leased acreage shown in the map above.
*Wells and pipelines represent approximate placement and routes.
SEQUESTRATION HUB DETAILS
Injection wells are used to transport the CO₂ more than 5,000 feet below the surface where it will be securely stored below a layer of impermeable rock (a primary seal or caprock) that is greater than 100-feet-thick. The CO₂ will become trapped within the rock formation.
The CO₂ storage operations will not affect the parish’s water resources. The deepest water well is approximately 2,300 feet below the surface, and the deepest zone designated as Underground Source of Drinking Water (USDW) is approximately 3,000 feet. The CO₂ will be stored more than a half mile below that zone.
MONITORING PROGRAMS AND SAFETY
We will have multiple programs in place to monitor pressure, temperature and corrosion in the CO₂ injection wells, and to monitor the surrounding water and soil. These programs go through a stringent and thorough approval process with the U.S. EPA and will remain in place throughout construction and during operations up and until site-closure is authorized by the EPA, or relevant state agency. In-zone and above-zone monitoring wells enable us to detect and measure CO₂ fluid movement below the surface.
All wells will be permitted by the U.S. EPA under Class VI of the Underground Injection Control (UIC) program – a program designed to protect underground sources of drinking water from contamination, and ongoing reporting will be conducted per U.S. EPA regulations in compliance with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) will play an important role in helping capture industrial CO₂ emissions and will help the United States make progress toward achieving its emissions reductions goals. The secure storage of captured CO₂ is widely recognized as a critical climate mitigation technology that will reduce CO₂ emissions. This sequestration hub will be one of the first built in the country.
CCS projects and activities generate a variety of tax revenues, including ad valorem property tax revenues based on sequestration, ad valorem taxes for surface equipment and pipelines, sales use taxes and income and payroll taxes.
Community outreach and engagement is a primary objective of 1PointFive. We will be pursuing a Community Benefit Agreement (CBA) in Livingston Parish. We invite your thoughts on the development of this agreement.
ABOUT COMMUNITY BENEFIT AGREEMENTS
Community Benefit Agreements are multi-party contracts executed by community-based organizations, local governments and 1PointFive. These agreements can provide a range of community benefits related to a proposed development project, as well as promote inclusiveness and provide a mechanism for community concerns to be heard and addressed. CBAs benefit regions through stronger, more equitable, economies. CBAs leverage community input that results in projects that benefit a diverse community.
As we design our project, build it and operate it, our highest priority is to conduct our business in a manner that respects and protects the health, safety and welfare of your community, surrounding communities, our employees and the environment.
In July 2022, we will begin the groundwork for the well pads. In August, we will drill the first well and begin data collection. Facility construction will begin in 2023. Drilling of injection and monitoring wells is expected to start in 2024 and is estimated to last nine months. CO₂ injection is planned to begin in the first half of 2025. The operational timeframes in this proposed project timeline can be impacted by various factors and are subject to change; we will generally keep you updated via this webpage.
PEOPLE ON SITE
During the nine-month construction period, at any given time, we may have up to 100 people on site. During ongoing operations, once the construction is complete, the number of people on site will be relatively few (1–2 permanent staff), primarily performing monitoring duties and day-to-day operations and maintenance.
We strive to make our activities compatible with our neighbors in Livingston Parish and use various mitigation procedures to reduce the temporary impacts associated with construction activities. Although some of our operations are conducted 24/7, we aim to minimize non-essential work during the night.
1PointFive strives to minimize our operational footprint, protect ecosystems and implement conservation practices, making stewardship of the environment a responsibility of each member of our workforce. In addition, we are committed to working closely with landowners where our operations reside to minimize operational impact on recreational activities in the area such as hunting, fishing, hiking, etc.
1PointFive will coordinate with local and state authorities to see that haul routes to and from the site have as little impact on traffic and road conditions as practicable during the construction period. Driving routes will be shared as they are developed.
As part of our project site planning, 1PointFive will prepare drainage plans for each well pad site to ensure water run-off from constructed well pads will not impact commercial or residential properties or surrounding waterways. Plans will be shared as they are developed.
WATER WELL SAFETY
The CO₂ will be sequestered several thousand feet below the lowest underground source of drinking water (USDW). The CO₂ will be trapped in underground rock formations. Monitoring wells will track the CO₂ to ensure it remains safely in the storage formation and does not impact water wells.
1PointFive and its partners are committed to safely operating our facilities, following industry best practices and employing advanced technologies to protect the health and safety of our employees, neighbors and the environment. Our employees go through safety training and have the ability to stop work at any time without repercussions if they believe there is a potential safety or operational concern.
We also have comprehensive policies and procedures in place to help prevent incidents, mitigate risks and respond quickly, if an unplanned event involving our operators occurs.
For questions, comments or information about 1PointFive's activities in your community, please contact us:
By providing us with your email address, you will be informed as the 1PointFive Livington Parish sequestration project progresses.
ENLINK MIDSTREAM STATEMENT ON PIPELINE SAFETY & ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP
1PointFive’s pipeline partner for the Livingston Parish project is EnLink Midstream, which prides itself on operating pipelines and facilities safely, reliably and with a focus on environmental stewardship.
EnLink’s pipeline infrastructure follows a rigorous asset integrity management program, whereby pipelines undergo smart tool runs, pressure testing, cathodic protection and robust corrosion management. The company’s Pipeline Integrity team routinely performs tests that exceed regulatory requirements, reducing risk and increasing the ability to reliably transport products.
EnLink’s Pipeline Control Room monitors the operating conditions of the entire pipeline system in real-time 24/7 by utilizing the latest technology, such as automated valve control and leak detection monitoring software—which reduces response time to potential incidents and increases asset and system reliability.
EnLink’s Public Awareness Program provides information about EnLink operations and safety initiatives to community members who live and work near its pipelines and facilities through in-person engagement meetings, interactive virtual meetings and development of customized information packets distributed each year to local communities, schools, public officials, excavation contractors and emergency responders.
Examples of how EnLink may minimize impact when planning, constructing or operating projects include narrowing right of way and construction workspace widths, using horizontal directional drilling to avoid surface impacts and restoring the environment when impacts are unavoidable through replanting of vegetation or offsetting the impact by acquiring wetland mitigation credits from government and environmental agencies.