Not one, but two companies are targeting Floyd County for the possible construction of a carbon pipeline to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from ethanol plants and other CO2 producing industries in Iowa.
Summit Carbon Solutions has already held public hearings for Floyd and Chickasaw county property owners that could be impacted by the “Midwest Carbon Express,” which would have its easternmost beginning with the Homeland Energy Solutions ethanol plant between New Hampton and Lawler.
Last week, Navigator Heartland Greenway, LLC, announced their proposal for a carbon pipeline system that would use the Valero Energy Corporation ethanol plant just west of Charles City as one of its points of origination. With both projects, the CO2 gas from those plants would then be compressed into liquid form and transported via buried pipelines to underground storage facilities.
U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley tells KCHA/KCZE news that the carbon capture is a good opportunity for the ethanol industry, but not a savior.
Grassley says the concept also has environmental advantages.
A public hearing for the pipeline project proposed by Navigator Heartland Greenway is scheduled for noon on Friday, December 17, at the Youth Enrichment Center on the Floyd County Fairgrounds.
There is also a public hearing slated for Franklin County on December 16th at noon at the Franklin County Convention Center in Hampton. Later that day, a Butler County public hearing begins at 6 p.m. in the Greene Community Center.
The hearings will be hosted and conducted by the Iowa Utilities Board.