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Summit at 20% of Easements for Iowa Carbon Pipeline

A company seeking to build a pipeline that would go through north Iowa to transport carbon dioxide (C02) in liquid form has reached voluntary easements with about one-fifth of landowners along its route.

Summit Carbon Solutions’ “Midwest Carbon Express” pipeline would move liquid CO2 to an underground storage facility in North Dakota, with its easternmost starting point at the Heartland Energy Solutions ethanol plant between Lawler and New Hampton.

Summit project manager Kylie Kretz told the Kossuth County Board of Supervisors last week that the company has about 20 percent of the voluntary easements from landowners for their pipeline.

Kretz says Summit will continue to seek voluntary easements, with a goal of 80% of the landowners. She says if the pipeline isn’t built, ethanol plants are in danger of shutting down.

Summit filed paperwork with the Iowa Utilities Board in January, seeking a permit to build the pipeline, but the IUB isn’t expected to take any action on the permit until early next year.  

A second company, Navigator CO2 Ventures, is looking at the Valero Renewables ethanol plant as a starting point for one leg of its Heartland Navigator Greenway carbon pipeline that would go south into Butler County and include the POET Bioprocessing ethanol plant near Shell Rock. The final destination for their carbon pipeline is in Illinois.

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA
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