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Socioeconomic Mitigation Measures

Mitigation measures to avoid or reduce socioeconomic impacts from geologic sequestration projects.

The Drilling/Construction and Sequestration Operation project phases are the times most likely to cause differential adverse socioeconomic impacts. The following mitigation measures may be applicable to avoid or reduce these impacts depending upon site- and project-specific conditions.

  • Geologic sequestration project operators could work with tribal, state, and local agencies/governments to develop community monitoring programs that will be sufficient to identify and evaluate socioeconomic impacts resulting from commercial development of geologic sequestration resources. Monitoring programs should collect data reflecting economic, fiscal, and social impacts of the development at the tribal, state, and local levels. Parameters to be evaluated could include impacts on local labor and housing markets, local consumer product prices and availability, local public services (e.g., police, fire, and public health), and educational services. Programs could also monitor indicators of social disruption (e.g., crime, alcoholism, drug use, and mental health) and the effectiveness of community welfare programs in addressing these problems.
  • Geologic sequestration operators could work with tribal, state, and local agencies to develop community outreach programs that would help communities adjust to changes triggered by geologic sequestration development. Such programs could include any of the following activities:
    • Establishing vocational training programs for the local workforce to promote development of skills required by the geologic sequestration industry;
    • Developing instructional materials for use in area schools to educate the local communities on the geologic sequestration industry;
    • Supporting community health screenings, especially those addressing potential health impacts related to the geologic sequestration industry; and
    • Providing financial support to local libraries for development of information repositories on geologic sequestration development and processing, including materials on the hazards and benefits of commercial development. Electronic repositories established by the operators could also be of great value.