Wolf Carbon Solutions adds pipeline meetings after ‘anomalies’ in notifications

Source: By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register • Posted: Monday, October 31, 2022

Wolf Carbon Solutions says it will hold public meetings in December on its proposed carbon capture pipeline through eastern Iowa, acknowledging “some anomalies” occurred when it tried to notify residents about the first round of meetings in August.

At the same time, Wolf announced it no longer plans to run the pipeline 2 miles through Johnson County as it makes its way through eastern Iowa. The developer seeks to build the pipeline through Linn, Cedar, Clinton and Scott counties.

Colorado-based Wolf agreed to hold new meetings Dec. 5 and 6 in the four counties after Iowans complained they hadn’t receive adequate notice of the first meetings. The move came after the Iowa Utilities Board grilled the pipeline developer about how it reached out to affected Iowans.

Wolf said it discovered that some certified letters to residents in the pipeline’s path were returned, sometimes due to lack of adequate mailing information, and conducted an internal review.

The new meetings are:

For Cedar County, noon Dec. 5 at the Matthews Building at the Cedar County Fairgrounds on 220th Street in Tipton.

For Linn County, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Hawkeye Downs Racetrack, South Hall, 4400 Sixth St. S.W., Cedar Rapids.

For Clinton County, noon Dec. 6, Wild Rose Convention Center, 777 Wild Rose Drive, Clinton.

For Scott County, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the River Center’s Adler Theater, 136 E. Third St., Davenport.

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Wolf is one of three companies that seek to build carbon capture pipelines in Iowa. Wolf, Summit Carbon Solutions and Navigator CO2 Ventures propose to capture carbon dioxide from ethanol plants and other energy-intensive agricultural operations, liquefy it under pressure and transport it via the pipelines to locations in Illinois or North Dakota, where it would be sequestered a mile underground.

Both Navigator and Summit have asked state regulators for permits to build the pipelines. No hearings have been set on their requests.

Donnelle Eller covers agriculture, the environment and energy for the Register. Reach her at deller@registermedia.com or 515-284-8457.