Iowa Utilities Board Begins Public Meetings on Carbon Capture Pipeline Proposal


(The Center Square) – As of Monday, the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) began chairing dozens of public meetings regarding a carbon dioxide pipeline that would cross 30 Iowa counties.

Summit Carbon Solutions proposed transporting carbon dioxide emissions from more than 30 ethanol plants to North Dakota via a hazardous liquids pipeline, which could become operational in 2024.

The pipeline would pass through Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Minnesota, capturing and permanently storing more than 12 million tonnes of carbon dioxide each year instead of releasing it into the atmosphere, according to a press release.

Before Summit Carbon Solutions can apply for a permit, it must hold meetings in all the counties in which it proposes to place the pipeline, according to Iowa lawIowa Utilities Board communications specialist Melissa Myers told The Center Square in an emailed statement. The earliest possible for the company to submit its permit application would be 30 days after the last scheduled information meeting, which will take place on October 15. It must inform each landowner concerned, according to the press release.

Summit Carbon Solutions is expected to meet the licensing requirements of all affected countries.


“The IUB will determine whether the company meets all the requirements of the statutory and administrative rules,” Myers said. “The company can start negotiating with landowners for easements after a successful briefing in that county.”

Myers said the IUB is “unaware of the company’s financing plans” and the company will not have to disclose those details in its petition. The Iowa Attorney General’s Office of the Consumer Advocate (OCA) would represent the public in the petition process, which could involve a discussion about funding, Myers said.

“The OCA has not yet taken a position on the merits of this proposed project as the company has yet to file its petition with details of its plan,” OCA said in a document Lynn Hicks , chief of staff in the attorney general’s office, provided to The Center Square which he said was handed over at the first meeting.

After OCA lawyers and technical staff analyze the company’s proposal, the OCA will share its position on the project with the IUB, according to the document.

“The OCA will actively participate throughout this process,” the document said.

The meetings are as follows:

  • Hardin County – September 13 at noon, Timbers Edge, 19493 Co Hwy S56, Steamboat Rock
  • Story County – September 13, 6 p.m., Gateway Hotel & Conference Center, 2100 Green Hills Drive, Ames
  • Lyon County – September 15, noon, Rock Rapids Community Center, 404 First Ave, Rock Rapids
  • Sioux County – September 15, 6 p.m., Terrace View, 230 St. Andrews Way, Sioux Center
  • Plymouth County – September 16 at noon, Le Mars Convention Center (lower level), 275 12th St SE, Le Mars
  • Woodbury County – September 16, 6:00 p.m., Sioux City Convention Center, Meeting Rooms A & B, 801 Fourth St, Sioux City
  • Cerro Gordo County – September 20, 1:30 p.m., NIACC – Beem Center, 500 College Drive, Mason City
  • Floyd County – September 20, 6 p.m., Floyd Community Center, 706 Fairfield St, Floyd
  • O’Brien County – September 22 at noon, Sheldon Community Center, 416 Ninth St, Sheldon
  • Cherokee County – September 22, 6:00 p.m., Cherokee Community Center, 530 W. Bluff St, Cherokee
  • Dickinson County – September 23 at noon, Dickinson County Community Center, 1602 15th St, Spirit Lake
  • Emmet County – September 23, 5:30 p.m., Regional Wellness Center, 415 S 18th St, Estherville
  • Palo Alto County – September 27, 12:30 p.m., Iowa Lakes Community College, 3200 College Drive, Emmetsburg
  • Kossuth County – September 27, 6 p.m., Eagle Center Banquet, 401 Smith St, Lakota
  • Hancock County – Sept. 28, 1 p.m., Viaduct Center, 255 US Hwy 69 S, Garner
  • Chickasaw County – September 29, 1 p.m., Chickasaw Event Center, 301 N. Water Ave, New Hampton
  • Boone County – October 4 at noon, Boone County Historical Society, 602 Story St, Boone
  • Greene County – October 4, 5:00 p.m., Jefferson High School, 1901 N Grimmell Road, Jefferson
  • Ida County – October 5 at noon, Cobblestone Inn & Suites, 2011 Indorf Ave, Holstein
  • Crawford County – October 5, 6 p.m., Memorial Hall, 550 Main St, Manila
  • Shelby County – October 6 at noon, Therkildsen Activity Center, 706 Victoria St, Harlan
  • Pottawattamie County – October 6, 6 p.m., Impact Hill, 501 Oakland Ave, Oakland
  • Clay County – October 8 at noon, Clay County Fairgrounds, 800 W 18th St, Spencer
  • Mills County – October 11 at noon, Lakin Community Center, 61321 315th St, Malvern
  • Fremont County – October 11 at 6 p.m., The Waterfalls, 907 Hartford Ave, Farragut
  • VIRTUAL Meeting – October 12, 5:30 p.m., Iowa Utilities Board, 1375. E. Court Ave, Des Moines (Register to attend.)
  • Wright County – October 13 at noon, Heartland Museum, 119 SW Ninth St, Clarion
  • Franklin County – October 13, 5 p.m., Maynes Grove Lodge, 946 US Hwy 65, Hampton
  • Page County – October 14 at noon, Shenandoah Public Library, 201 S Elm St, Shenandoah
  • Montgomery County – October 14, 6 p.m., Montgomery County Ag Society Gold Building, 1809 N Fourth St, Red Oak
  • Hamilton County – October 15, 12:30 p.m. All Cultures Are Equal, 1440 E Second St, Webster City
  • Webster County – October 15, 6 p.m., Best Western Starlite Village, 1518 Third Ave NW, Fort Dodge

The IUB will consider comments submitted in writing. Written comments or objections to the proposed pipeline can be filed electronically using the IUB’s open file form, by email to [email protected], or by mail to the Iowa Utilities Board, Attn: Docket No. HLP-2021-0001, 1375 E. Court Ave. Des Moines, IA 50319. For assistance filing comments, Learn more here or call the IUB IT support team at (515) 725-7337. Learn more about hazardous liquids pipelines at IUBs Hazardous Liquids Pipeline Permit Web page.

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