Prairie Research Institute

Carbon Management

Public Act 102-0341 calls for the Prairie Research Institute to issue an objective, science-based report on the potential for carbon capture, utilization, and storage to mitigate climate change in Illinois.

PRI is well suited for this task because of our interdisciplinary expertise in geology, sustainability, climate, and ecology. PRI scientists have conducted research on carbon capture, utilization, and storage and have extensively studied the unique geography of Illinois.

The Act specifies that PRI address the following topics in the report, to be completed no later than Dec. 31, 2022:

  • Carbon capture, utilization, and storage current status and future storage resource potential in the State;
  • Procedures, standards, and safeguards for the storage of carbon dioxide;
  • Permitting processes and the coordination with applicable federal law or regulatory commissions, the Class VI injection well permitting process;
  • Economic impact, job creation, and job retention from carbon capture, utilization, and storage that both protects the environment and supports short-term and long-term economic growth;
  • Development of knowledge capacity of appropriate agencies and stakeholders;
  • Environmental justice and stakeholder issues to carbon capture, utilization, and storage throughout the State;
  • Leveraging federal policies and public-private for research, design, and development to the State;
  • Liability for the storage and monitoring of the carbon dioxide after the completion of a carbon capture, utilization, and storage project;
  • Acquisition, ownership, and amalgamation of pore space for carbon capture, utilization, and storage;
  • Methodologies to establish any necessary fees, costs, or offsets; and
  • Any risks to health, safety, the environment, and property uses or values.

PRI’s CCUS response team

PRI’s CCUS report team is led by Sallie Greenberg, a principal scientist at the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS). Other members of the CCUS study team are:

  • Trish Barker, PRI associate director for strategic communication
  • Angie Coy, PRI coordinator of stakeholder engagement
  • Kevin C OBrien, director of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) and Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS)
  • Steven Whittaker, leader of the Energy & Minerals division of the Illinois State Geological Survey, vice chair of the CCUS response team
  • Richard Winkel, PRI deputy executive director

Advisory Committee

An intergovernmental advisory committee has been established to advise PRI on the study. Members of the advisory committee are:: 

  • Illinois State Rep. Ann Williams (11th District), co-chair
  • Illinois State Rep. Tom Bennett (106th District), co-chair
  • Illinois State Sen. Craig Wilcox (32nd District)
  • Andrew Armstrong, Chief, Environmental Bureau, Illinois Attorney General’s Office
  • Rob Baren, Legislative Liaison, Illinois Department of Agriculture
  • Colleen Callahan, Director, Illinois Department of Natural Resources
  • Adnan G. Khayyat, Chief, Division of Nuclear Safety and Chief Strategy Officer, Illinois Emergency Management Agency
  • Kyle Rominger, Chief, Bureau of Land, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
  • Katherine Stonewater, Senior Advisor, Energy and Broadband, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Provide input

The PRI team is meeting with diverse stakeholders to discuss carbon capture, utilization, and storage. If you would like to be invited to a future stakeholder engagement discussion, or if you have any questions, please contact Trish Barker at tlbarker@illinois.edu or 217-300-2327.

Illinoisans, non-profit organizations, businesses, and other groups also can submit comments using this short form. Comments and questions received by Sept. 30 will be reviewed by the team as part of their effort to consider diverse stakeholder perspectives, but submitted input will not be included in the report itself. Note that under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act any written communication to or from university employees regarding university business is a public record and may be subject to public disclosure.