Summit Carbon Solutions, which wants to build a carbon capture pipeline through Floyd County, says they have secured almost three-quarters of the easement agreements with landowners along the proposed route.
In a statement, Summit says more than 73% of the easements have been accounted for, which CEO Lee Plank adds “demonstrates the significant momentum behind our project and the growing recognition that carbon capture, transportation and storage projects will create jobs, improve environmental outcomes, and generate new sources of revenue for local communities.”
If granted a construction permit by the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB), Summit’s “Midwest Carbon Express” underground carbon pipeline would start its easternmost branch with the Homeland Energy Solutions ethanol plant between Lawler and New Hampton. It would then go west across Chickasaw, Floyd and Cerro Gordo counties among others.
A second company, Navigator CO2 Ventures, is also targeting Floyd as well as Butler and Bremer counties for legs of its Heartland Greenway carbon capture pipeline.
The Floyd County Board of Supervisors recently approved letters expressing various concerns about both projects to the IUB while stopping short of registering official opposition to the pipelines.