The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) has rescheduled three north Iowa public hearings on a proposed carbon pipeline that would run through 36 Iowa counties, including Floyd, Franklin and Butler counties.
Navigator CO2 Ventures is proposing the Heartland Greenway System pipeline, which would cross Iowa and four other states to transport carbon dioxide (CO2) in liquid form to be stored in Illinois. The stormy weather of December 15th forced the IUB to cancel the hearings originally scheduled December 16th for Franklin and Butler counties and December 17th for Floyd County.
The public hearing for Franklin County has been rescheduled for Friday, January 21st from noon to 2 p.m. at the Franklin County Convention Center in Hampton. Floyd County’s hearing has been reset for Monday, January 24th from noon to 2 p.m. at the Youth Enrichment Center on the Floyd County Fairgrounds. Later that same day, the rescheduled Butler County hearing will be hosted in the Greene Community Center at 6 to 8 p.m.
The Heartland pipeline has targeted the Valero Energy Corporation ethanol plant west of Charles City as one its points of origination. That makes it 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.