Iowa Commission sets public meetings for carbon pipeline extensions

Source: By Jared Strong, Iowa Capital Dispatch • Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2024

State utility regulators have approved a public meeting schedule starting in late August, in which Summit Carbon Solutions will present its significant proposed expansion for its carbon dioxide pipeline system.

The company’s initial network of pipe in the state — which runs a total of about 690 miles — was recently approved by the Iowa Utilities Commission, although Summit is barred from starting construction until it has permission to build the system in North and South Dakota. The system might capture carbon dioxide at ethanol plants in five states and transport it to North Dakota for underground storage.

The expansion in Iowa includes about 340 miles of pipe to connect to more ethanol plants. It is the result of Summit inking new agreements with more ethanol producers after another company, Navigator CO2, abandoned its plans for a similar project. Summit has said it has agreements with 30 of the state’s 42 ethanol plants.

The public meetings for the expansions are set to be held in 23 counties, after which Summit can negotiate for land easements and petition for pipeline permits:

— Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. in Adams County: Corning Opera House Cultural Center, 800 Davis Ave., Corning
— Aug. 27 at noon in Montgomery County: Red Coach Inn, 1200 Senate Ave., Red Oak
— Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. in Guthrie County: Guthrie County Activity Center, 209 State St., Guthrie Center
— Aug. 28 at noon in Greene County: Clover Hall, Greene County Fairgrounds, 601 E. Lincoln Way, Jefferson
— Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. in Webster County: Cardiff Center, Fort Frenzy, 3232 First Ave South, Fort Dodge
— Aug. 29 at noon in Hamilton County: Jewell Golf Club banquet room, 1225 Main St., Jewell
— Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. in Hardin County: Albright’s Bluff, 119 Main St., Iowa Falls
— Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. in Buchanan County: Hazleton American Legion, 105 Hayes St. West, Hazleton
— Sept. 10 at noon in Fayette County: Oelwein Coliseum, 101 First St. SW, Oelwein
— Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. in Bremer County: The Centre Hall, 1211 Fourth St. SW, Waverly
— Sept. 11 at noon in Butler County: Greene Community Center, large room, 202 W. South St., Greene
— Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. in Floyd County: Swartzrock Community Center, Floyd County Fairgrounds, 2516 Seven Mile Road, Charles City
— Sept. 12 at noon in Mitchell County: South Square, 202 S. Washington St., St. Ansgar
— Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. in Worth County: Lanterns and Lace, 3586 Orchid Ave., Manly
— Sept. 13 at noon in Hancock County: Viaduct Center, 255 U.S. Highway 69, Garner
— Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. in Kossuth County: Eagle Center, 401 Smith St., Lakota
— Sept. 17 at noon in Palo Alto County: Iowa Lakes Community College, 3200 College Drive, Emmetsburg
— Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. in Clay County: Occasions, First Avenue East, Spencer
— Sept. 18 at noon in Osceola County: Melvin American Legion Community Building, 225 Main Street, Melvin
— Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. in O’Brien County: Primghar Community Building, 215 First St. SE., Primghar
— Sept. 19 at noon in Sioux County: Prairie Winds Event Center, 908 Eighth St. SE, Orange City
— Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. in Ida County: Cobblestone Inn & Suites, 2011 Indorf Ave., Holstein
— Sept. 20 at noon in Buena Vista County: Cobblestone Ballroom, 98 Lakeshore Drive, Lakeside