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Senator Grassley: Carbon Pipelines Are State Decisions

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) says the fate of carbon pipeline projects in the state rests with the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) and the feds have no say in the matter.

Wolf Carbon Solutions is the latest company to propose a pipeline with branches that would run from the ADM plants in Cedar Rapids and Clinton, with the carbon dioxide ending up in Decatur, Illinois. The IUB has set public meetings on the proposal to begin later this month in Linn, Johnson, Cedar, Clinton, and Scott counties.

The IUB is already in the process of looking at two other proposed pipelines. Texas-based Navigator CO2 Ventures is proposing its Heartland Navigator carbon pipeline to include one branch that would start with the Valero Renewables ethanol plant west of Charles City and build south through Floyd and Butler counties. 

Heartland Navigator also has IUB public meetings later this month for another carbon pipeline leg impacting northeast Iowa counties including Delaware, Fayette, Butler, Buchanan and Bremer.

Summit Carbon Solutions has proposed a CO2 pipeline through Iowa to North Dakota, with its easternmost starting point the Homeland Energy Solutions ethanol plant between Lawler and New Hampton. Construction would build that pipeline west through Chickasaw, Floyd and Cerro Gordo counties among others.


Mark Pitz

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

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