U.S. REPS. CONAWAY, VEASEY, AND HARPER FORM CONGRESSIONAL CARBON DIOXIDE ENHANCED OIL RECOVERY (CO2-EOR) CAUCUS
WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, U.S. Representatives Michael Conaway (R-Texas), Marc Veasey (D-Texas), and Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) will host a launch event for the newly formed Congressional Carbon Dioxide Enhanced Oil Recovery (CO2-EOR) Caucus. The CO2-EOR Caucus will serve as an informal group of Members dedicated to educating Congressional Members and Staff on the economic and environmental benefits of enhanced oil recovery from carbon dioxide. Reps. Conaway, Veasey, and Harper will be the acting Co-chairmen for the CO2-EOR Caucus for the 114th Congress. The March 17th event will feature energy and environment experts who will provide an overview of the process and benefits of CO2-EOR.
Congressmen Conaway, Veasey, and Harper issued the following statements ahead of the formal launch of the new caucus:
Rep. Conaway: “Our nation is blessed with an abundance of both natural resources and innovative minds. Energy companies in West Texas have been using the CO2-EOR process for quite some time now, but it is still a relatively little known technique for oil recovery. I’m glad to be working alongside Congressmen Harper and Veasey to help our colleagues in Washington understand the vast benefits of the carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery process.”
Rep. Veasey: As a problem solver, Congressman Marc Veasey, is constantly looking for ways that members of Congress from across the aisle can form sound policy solutions for satisfying our domestic energy needs while being stewards of our natural environment. “Our energy future is not controlled by Congress, but Congress can help enact policies that further economic growth, allow for sustainable energy production practices, and provide a cleaner environment for all of us to share. While my home state of Texas is the top oil and gas producing state in our nation, it also produces a variety of renewable energy sources. CO2-EOR can be a part of the solution. It is a win-win solution to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and increase energy independence here at home.”
Rep. Harper: “I became interested in the CO2-EOR process after meeting with constituents who use enhanced oil recovery to extract oil from fields that were once thought to be depleted. At a time when the United States is experiencing an energy renaissance, I believe Members of Congress will benefit by gaining a better understanding of the CO2-EOR process. I appreciate Congressmen Veasey and Conaway for their help in forming this Caucus so that we can serve as a resource on this issue.”