Landowners in Franklin, Butler and Floyd counties can learn more about a proposed carbon pipeline during special hearings hosted by the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) Friday and Monday.
Navigator CO2 Ventures is proposing the Heartland Greenway System pipeline, which would cross 36 Iowa counties and four other states to transport carbon dioxide (CO2) in liquid form to be stored in Illinois. Before the company could move forward with construction, the IUB would have to approve a permit to build the pipeline, but any consideration of permit first requires the IUB to hold hearings in each of the counties in which the pipeline could go through.
The tornadoes and serial derecho of December 15th forced the IUB to cancel the hearings originally scheduled in December for Franklin, Butler and Floyd counties. The public hearing for Franklin County has been rescheduled for tomorrow from noon to 2 p.m. at the Franklin County Convention Center in Hampton. Floyd County’s hearing has been reset for Monday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Youth Enrichment Center on the Floyd County Fairgrounds. The rescheduled Butler County hearing will be hosted in the Greene Community Center at 6 to 8 p.m. Monday night.
Heartland Greenway has targeted the Valero Energy Corporation west of Charles City as one its points of origination, making it two companies eyeing Floyd County for the possible construction of a 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 their “Midwest Carbon Express,” which would have its easternmost beginning with the Homeland Energy Solutions ethanol plant between New Hampton and Lawler.