The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) has begun holding what will be three dozen public hearings on a proposed carbon pipeline that would run through 36 Iowa counties, including Floyd, Franklin and Butler in north Iowa.
Navigator CO2 Ventures proposes what it calls the Heartland Greenway System pipeline, which would cross Iowa and four other states to transport carbon to be stored in Illinois. The Heartland pipeline has targeted the Valero Energy Corporation renewables plant west of Charles City as one its points of origination.
The IUB held Navigator Heartland hearings in Rock Rapids and LeMars on Monday; in Aurelia and Sioux City Tuesday; in Sibley and Sheldon Wednesday; and in Spirit Lake and Estherville Thursday.
Public hearings for the pipeline project proposed by Navigator Heartland Greenway are slated for Franklin County on December 16th at noon at the Franklin County Convention Center in Hampton and later that day in Butler County in the Greene Community Center at 6 p.m. A hearing is scheduled for noon on Friday, December 17, at the Youth Enrichment Center on the Floyd County Fairgrounds.
Navigator makes not one, but two companies eyeing Floyd County for the possible construction of a carbon pipeline to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from ethanol plants and other CO2 producing industries in Iowa. Summit Carbon Solutions has already held public hearings for Floyd and Chickasaw county property owners that could be impacted by the “Midwest Carbon Express,” which would have its easternmost beginning with the Homeland Energy Solutions ethanol plant between New Hampton and Lawler.