An audience of about 100 people consisting of landowners and other residents attended a public hearing in Floyd Monday night about 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.
The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) hosted the hearing at the Floyd Community Center, during which Summit’s Jake Ketzner touted the environmental benefits and other factors behind the project.
Among the chief concerns expressed by landowners are the easements the company would require to have the pipeline go through their property. IUB’s Joshua Byrnes explained the easements are not easements to purchase land.
Byrnes also reminded the audience that the IUB is just beginning the process of gathering information that will determine IF Summit will be granted a permit for construction of the pipeline. A public hearing for Chickasaw County is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Chickasaw Event Center in New Hampton.