Carbon capture techniques likely to face opposition, claims Indiana University study

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With governments around the world looking to reduce carbon emissions, energy companies have been asked to keep a check on limit their carbon emissions.

According to a study by the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) , energy companies hoping to use new technology to reduce their power plants’ emissions could face opposition.

With the newly proposed limits by the Environmental Protection Agency, Indiana, for newly built power plants, companies have  found a way to meet those standards through what is known as carbon capture techniques – capturing the carbon emissions and storing them underground.

In the survey conducted by Indiana University among the residents of the state, it was found that 80 per cent supported the technology , but only 64 per cent would support being built in their communities.

SPEA Dean, john Graham said “There are families and businesses that are concerned that somehow the carbon dioxide that’s under the ground could leak out into their basements or into their homes.”

He said that although the sample size was small, it could be applied widely given that Indian has a reputation as a coal-producing state.