Opponents of carbon pipelines are asking Iowa’s new utility regulators to take their objections to heart.
The new look, three-member Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) convened Tuesday morning, the first meeting for new members Eric Helland and Sarah Martz.
Julie Glade of Cedar Falls says her family’s farm in Wright County would be impacted by Summit’s carbon pipeline.
Beth Klahsen’s family farm near Arlington in Fayette County is along the Navigator route. She’s trusting regulators to do the right thing after state legislators failed to step up to the plate.
Craig Woodward owns land in Cerro Gordo County along the Summit route. He tried to get the new IUB members to weigh in on the pipelines.
That’s veteran board member Joshua Byrnes of Osage, who reminded Woodward that the board cannot comment on a pending case.
Summit Carbon Solutions wants to start its carbon pipeline with the Homeland Energy Solutions ethanol plant between Lawler and New Hampton and build west through Chickasaw, Floyd and Cerro Gordo Counties among others. Navigator CO2 Ventures wants one branch of its carbon pipeline to start with the Valero Renewables ethanol plant west of Charles City and build south through Floyd and Butler counties.