The state Senate Natural Resources & Water Committee April 23 backed SB 34, a bill to set up a regulatory framework for using carbon dioxide captured at fossil-fueled power plants for enhanced oil recovery. \tThe measure by Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello), approved 8-0, would require the Division of Oil, Gas, & Geothermal Resources to regulate injection of carbon dioxide into the ground to force oil out in order to prevent the gas from escaping to the atmosphere, contaminating groundwater, or causing other potential problems. In addition, it would require the State Fire Marshal to regulate use of pipelines to transport the captured carbon dioxide from power plants to oil fields. \tCalderon told the committee the bill \u201cwill address regulatory gaps\u201d to ensure that the process is done safely. He maintained the bill would facilitate projects going forward to create jobs and cut greenhouse gases. \tBusinesses and some major environmental groups voiced support. \tHowever, the Sierra Club stood in opposition. Sierra Club California lobbyist Kathryn Phillips said SB 34 would simply ease the way for burning oil that otherwise would be left in the ground. \tUnder SB 34, the division would set standards after the California Air Resources Board determines a methodology for determining how to credit carbon capture and sequestration projects at power plants under the state\u2019s climate protection law, AB 32. The major project now being planned is Hydrogen Energy California in Kern County. \tCalderon\u2019s bill moves on to the Senate Appropriations Committee. \tIn other action, the panel passed 7-1 a bill by Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), SB 511. It would require the Natural Resources Agency and Air Board to set standards for awarding grants to reduce greenhouse gases through forestry projects, land conservation arrangements, and other projects involving natural resources.