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NEWS UPDATE August 23, 2023

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Key hearing for U.S. carbon capture pipeline begins in Iowa

By Leah Douglas, Reuters  •    •  Posted August 23, 2023

Iowa residents living along the route of the U.S.’s largest proposed carbon capture and storage (CCS) pipeline told state regulators they were worried about possible ruptures and land takings at the start of a hearing that will determine the fate of the project. The hearing, which could last weeks, is a major test for the $5.5 billion pipeline proposed by Iowa-based Summit Carbon Solutions, and for CCS, which the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden sees as a critical tool in fighting climate change.
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RFS

Growth Energy Intervenes in Small-Refinery Waiver Case in 11th Circuit Court

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted August 23, 2023

Growth Energy has filed a motion to intervene in one of several lawsuits filed against EPA after the agency rejected 26 of 28 pending small-refinery waiver petitions to the Renewable Fuel Standard.
The EPA made the announcement on July 14, denying 22 total SRE requests from 2021 and 2022, one from 2023 and one each from 2016, 2017 and 2018. There are two SRE petitions still pending for 2018.Growth Energy filed a motion to intervene in the challenge filed by Hunt Refining in the 11th Circuit, in support of the EPA’s decision to reject the waiver requests. “EPA made the right call by following the data which show there is no economic justification for exempting another oil company from its obligations under the RFS,” Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor said in a statement. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

During debate with lawmaker, carbon pipeline executive calls eminent domain a ‘last resort’

By JOSHUA HAIAR, South Dakota Searchlight  •    •  Posted August 23, 2023

An executive for a carbon dioxide pipeline company said during a debate Tuesday evening that eminent domain is “a tool of absolute last resort.” Elizabeth Burns-Thompson, vice president of government and public affairs for Navigator CO2, debated South Dakota state Rep. Jon Hansen at the Dacotah Bank Event Center. Hansen is a critic of Navigator’s proposed pipeline and another pipeline proposed by Summit Carbon Solutions, both of which would capture carbon dioxide emissions from ethanol plants in multiple states and transport the gas in liquid form to be injected underground or sold for industrial use. [ read more … ]

Iowa regulators reject efforts to delay hearing for controversial carbon capture pipeline

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted August 23, 2023

As a hearing got underway here Tuesday on Summit Carbon Solutions’ proposed $5.5 billion carbon capture pipeline across Iowa, state regulators denied efforts to postpone the proceedings, citing in part the time and effort spent on preparations. Erik Helland, chairman of the Iowa Utilities Board, said putting off the hearing on Summit’s request for a permit to build the hazardous liquid pipeline would “adversely impact” a large number of people who have planned their schedules around the hearing, which is expected to last for months [ read more … ]

Summit attorney expects pipeline hearing to last six weeks

By Jared Strong, Iowa Capital Dispatch  •    •  Posted August 23, 2023

A hearing that started Tuesday to determine whether Summit Carbon Solutions should get a permit to build a sprawling carbon dioxide pipeline in Iowa will last about six weeks, according to the company’s lead attorney. That is significantly shorter than what was envisioned by the Iowa Utilities Board staff early this year. In February — while the board was contemplating an October start to Summit’s evidentiary hearing — a proposed schedule tentatively predicted that the hearing would last more than two months and perhaps end sometime in January 2024.
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EPA

Extreme Texas Heat Linked to Giant Planet-Warming Methane Releases

By Zachary Mider and Aaron Clark, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted August 23, 2023

As record-breaking heat buckled pavement and hospitalized hundreds across Texas at the start of summer, another disruption occurred unseen: Operators in the largest US energy basin released hundreds of tons of natural gas into the air as crucial equipment was forced to shut down. That unleashed a geyser of planet-warming methane, the main component of natural gas, into the atmosphere. The spurt of emissions wasn’t unprecedented; extremes of both hot and cold have wreaked havoc in the Permian Basin in the past. [ read more … ]

EPA’s ozone do-over faces backlash

By Sean Reilly, E&E News  •    •  Posted August 23, 2023

Twelve years ago, environmental and public health groups seethed as then-President Barack Obama shut down plans to tighten EPA air quality standards for ground-level ozone. On Monday, they watched in dismay as a similar scenario unfolded under another Democratic president. [ read more … ]

DOE

How David Crane is helping DOE jump-start the ‘energy revolution’

By Brian Dabbs, E&E News  •    •  Posted August 23, 2023

David Crane got the pink slip from his employer just hours before he was scheduled to fly to Paris in late 2015. As the CEO of the behemoth power provider NRG Energy Inc., Crane had led an ambitious campaign to dramatically boost renewable energy. NRG’s stock price was cratering, and the board of directors stepped in to oust its CEO of a dozen years. [ read more … ]

Markets

Extreme heat and dryness in Corn Belt may threaten yields

By Krissy Klinger, Successful Farming  •    •  Posted August 23, 2023

The third week of August 2023, week-ending Aug. 19, was a relatively cool week for this time of year. According to data from WeatherTrends360, this was the seventh coolest third week of August in 30+ years for the Corn Belt. Precipitation was unremarkable with scattered coverage in the Corn Belt. The heaviest rain fell in portions of eastern Kansa and Missouri but mainly dry just to the north from Des Moines to near Springfield, IL.
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Mead Ethanol Plant

Wet Cake Is Next Phase in AltEn Cleanup

By Chris Clayton, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted August 23, 2023

The company leading the environmental cleanup at a closed Nebraska ethanol plant on Tuesday detailed plans for a pilot project to move as much as 24,000 tons of contaminated piles of distillers grain to a landfill. NewFields, an environmental cleanup firm overseeing the AltEn ethanol plant, will start a new phase of cleanup in September to remove the distilled grain, or wet cake, after consolidating roughly 115,000 tons of wet cake still stored on the ethanol plant’s property. The sheer volume of wet cake has been a major challenge in cleaning up the site. [ read more … ]

EVs

This Cross-Country American Road Trip Route Is EV-Ready

By Kyle Stock, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted August 23, 2023

Drive southeast from Denver on Route 50 and the roadside soon morphs into oceanic spans of grass, with little to break the scenery except cows and the occasional barn. Three and a half hours later, you’ll hit the visitor center for Lamar, Colorado, which doubles as an Amtrak station and a homespun museum for pioneering technology. There’s an antique windmill, a statue of a cowboy and an old locomotive steam engine out front. Nearby, the massive blade of a wind turbine blade lays on its side as though blown over in a strong breeze. [ read more … ]

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