(Fargo, ND) -- Governor Doug Burgum touted North Dakota's burgeoning carbon capture industry during his State of the State address before state lawmakers in Bismarck.
"Now we're in a spot to lead the nation in this emerging industry because we can permit our own CO2 storage wells at least five times faster than the EPA. Wyoming is the only other state in the nation that has the authority to permit a CO2 well," said Burgum.
Burgum says the state now has enough capacity to safely store more than 252 billion gallons of C02. He says that's 50 years worth of the nation's C02 output.
The governor delivered the State of the State address Tuesday when lawmakers began the new legisliative session.