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Potential Impacts

Potential environmental impacts associated with terrestrial and geologic carbon sequestration activities vary according to the development phase and can include direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts.

Potential environmental impacts associated with terrestrial sequestration are similar to those from common agricultural practices, and are relatively minor when compared to potential impacts from geologic sequestration. The potential impacts of geologic carbon sequestration projects are discussed in more detail in this section on the basis of a projected utility-scale project. The impacts of a specific project will be determined by specific factors such as the number and size of the injection wells, the length and right of way of transportation pipelines, the amount of land disturbed by construction activities, the amount of land occupied long term by facilities, the location of the injection site and transportation pipeline with respect to other resources (e.g., bird and bat use of the site, distance to surface water bodies), and so forth.

Measures to avoid or mitigate impacts are identified in the Mitigation Measures section. Guidance on conducting impact assessments and identifying appropriate mitigation measures for specific projects is provided in the Project-Specific Impact Assessments section.

Follow the links below to learn more about potential general impacts by phase of development: