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Publications by John Noël

Carbon Capture and Release

Injecting captured carbon underground to produce more oil is promoted as a climate mitigation policy. This 2018 report exposes these oversight failures and challenges the assertion that federal subsidies for carbon used in enhanced oil recovery could ever be considered an effective climate mitigation policy.

Oklahoma Drinking Water at Risk from Oil and Gas Injection Wells

This 2017 analysis of injection well locations and water quality data in Oaklahoma indicates that the Oklahoma Corporation Commission may have failed to protect underground sources of drinking water from oil and gas injection wells.

Aquifer Exemptions: Sacrificing Groundwater for Oil and Gas Production

The Aquifer Exemption program in the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Underground Injection Control (UIC) program allows certain oil and gas and mining activity to occur in groundwater that would otherwise be protected as a drinking water source.