Floyd, Chickasaw and Cerro Gordo county residents will be given chances this week to provide input on the possible construction of a carbon pipeline across sections of north Iowa.
Summit Carbon Solutions is proposing to build the “Midwest Carbon Express” pipeline to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from ethanol plants and other CO2 producing industries in Iowa and four other midwest states. The gas would then be compressed into liquid form and transported via buried pipelines to an underground storage facility in North Dakota.
Landowners of properties affected by the pipeline and others wanting to know more about or provide input on the project can do so during a series of public information meetings In Cerro Gordo County, a pipeline meeting starts at 1:30 p.m. in the Beem Center at NIACC in Mason City. Tonight’s meeting in Floyd County begins at 6 p.m. in the Floyd Community Center in Floyd. There is also a meeting at 1 p.m. Wednesday for Chickasaw County at the Chickasaw Event Center in New Hampton.
The pipeline project would also go through Franklin County, where an informational meeting is set for Wednesday, October 13th at 5 p.m. in Maynes Grove Lodge in Hampton. There will also be a virtual meeting for anyone interested in the project via Webex Tuesday, October 12th at 5:30 pm.
Comments can also be submitted to the Iowa Utilities Board, which is conducting the public hearings to gather the public’s input. The IUB must grant a permit for the pipeline before it can be built.