Some 20 people concerned with the construction of carbon capture pipelines in Floyd County made for a crowded boardroom Monday during the regular county supervisors meeting.
Landowners that could be impacted by carbon pipelines were able to voice concerns and ask questions of the supervisors as well as one of the companies involved, Summit Carbon Solutions. Summit recently submitted their permit application to the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB), which could include the possibility of enforcing eminent domain to get all the easements necessary for construction of the pipeline.
Summit Director of Environmental Chris Hill says that is not their preferred way to go.
Landowner Clifford Kelly says he’s had previous eminent domain experience with the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Supervisors Doug Kamm and Linda Tjaden attended the State Supervisors meeting last week in Des Moines and noted that other Iowa counties targeted for pipeline projects are asking similar questions. Kamm added that it could be early next year before the IUB makes a decision on Summit’s application, giving supervisors more time to gather additional input on the issue.
While Summit has completed the IUB-required public hearings on their carbon pipeline, Hill says the company is willing to hold additional meetings to answer landowners’ questions.