"Still, 'people are worried about leaks,' says Thomas Lautsch, Vattenfall Europe AG's head of CO2 storage. 'They worry their kids will be suffocated, their cows will die, their property values will slump.'
To reassure them, Dr. Lautsch, a mining engineer, organized around six town-hall meetings to explain Vattenfall's plans. Germany has more than 40 natural-gas storage sites, many of them under residential areas, he said. If people could accept natural gas on their doorsteps, why not the less-dangerous CO2?"