Permit Process Continues for Carbon Pipeline in Iowa


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Josie Taylor | August 17, 22

State regulators are expected to hold a scheduling conference that will guide the rest of the permit process for Summit Carbon Solutions, which will build about 680 miles of liquid carbon pipeline in Iowa. The pipeline would connect to ethanol plants, where captured carbon dioxide would be compressed into a liquid and transported to North Dakota to be pumped deep into the ground.

An Iowa Utilities Board attorney said during a Tuesday board meeting that a proposed order is coming in the future. The meeting will allow the company, affected landowners and others to discuss deadlines for testimony and interventions. Potential dates for the permit hearing and when the company will finalize its requests for eminent domain will also be discussed. 

Since early last week, Summit has been submitting its lists of landowners who have declined to grant easements for the project, whose land might be subject to eminent domain. As of Monday, the list included dozens of parcels in 11 counties, including Cherokee, Chickasaw, Crawford, Fremont, Greene, Hancock, Ida, Lyon, Plymouth, Pottawattamie and Sioux. 

Summit said it obtained permission from landowners for about 40% of the pipeline route in Iowa. Summit’s project is one of three carbon pipeline proposals in Iowa, although it is the only company so far to officially file for a permit. Navigator CO2 Ventures is set to hold another round of public meetings starting next week in counties where its route has changed. Wolf Carbon Solutions has meetings set late this month in five eastern Iowa counties.

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