Community meetings set for new carbon pipeline

By: - October 29, 2021 2:16 pm

The proposed Heartland Greenway System would span about 885 miles in Iowa. (Courtesy of Iowa Utilities Board)

A proposed pipeline that would move captured carbon dioxide from Iowa ethanol and fertilizer plants to Illinois — where it would be stowed underground — is set for discussion at a series of community meetings starting in November.

The Heartland Greenway System, proposed by Texas-based Navigator CO2 Ventures, would stretch about 885 total miles in Iowa. A map of the proposed route shows the pipeline would run from Iowa’s northwest corner to its southeast corner and would branch out to plants along the way.

It would extend from Iowa into parts of Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Such projects stem from efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is considered a key factor in human-caused climate change.

The initial proposal shows the pipeline would run through 36 counties in Iowa. In-person informational meetings about the pipeline in those counties are set to begin Nov. 29:

Benton County: Jan. 3, noon – Norway Community Center, 210 South St., Norway
Boone County: Jan. 6, 6 p.m. – DMACC Boone Campus (auditorium), 1125 Hancock Drive, Boone
Buena Vista County: Dec. 13, 6 p.m. – Alta Community Center, 28 N. Lake St., Alta
Butler County: Dec. 16, 6 p.m. – Greene Community Center, 204 W. South St., Greene
Cedar County: Dec. 7, 6 p.m. – Cedar County Fairgrounds (Matthews Building), 220th Street, Tipton
Cherokee County: Nov. 30, noon – Aurelia Community Center, 235 Main St., Aurelia
Clay County: Dec. 13, noon – Clay County Regional Events Center, 800 W. 18th St., Spencer
Clinton County: Dec. 7, noon – Wild Rose Convention Center & Ballroom, 777 Wild Rose Drive, Clinton
Delaware County: Dec. 6, noon – The Gathering Place, 1711 N. Second St., Manchester
Des Moines County: Dec. 8, noon – LOFT Events, 416 Jefferson St., Burlington
Dickinson County: Dec. 2, noon – Dickinson County Community Center, 1602 15th St., Spirit Lake
Emmet County: Dec. 2, 6 p.m. – VFW Hall, 314 S. First St., Estherville
Floyd County: Dec. 17, noon – Floyd County Fairgrounds (Youth Enrichment Center), 2516 Seven Mile Road, Charles City
Franklin County: Dec. 16, noon – Franklin County Convention Center, 1008 Central Ave. W., Hampton
Hamilton County: Dec. 15, noon – Briggs Woods Conference Center (Van Diest Supply Co. meeting room), 2501 Briggs Woods Trail, Webster City
Hardin County: Dec. 15, 6 p.m. – Ellsworth Community College (auditorium), 1100 College Ave., Iowa Falls
Iowa County: Jan. 3, 6 p.m. – Price Creek Event Center, 4709 220th Trail, Amana
Jasper County: Jan. 5, 6 p.m. – DMACC Newton Campus (Conference Center auditorium), 600 N. Second Ave. W., Newton
Jefferson County: Dec. 9, 6 p.m. – The Walton Club, 2265 Walton Lake Road, Fairfield
Keokuk County: Jan. 4, noon – Sigourney Public Library, 720 E. Jackson St., Sigourney
Kossuth County: Dec. 3, noon – Eagle Center (banquet room), 401 Smith St., Lakota
Lee County: Dec. 8, 6 p.m. – Small Grand Things, 1903 West Point Road, West Point
Linn County: Dec. 6, 6 p.m. – Veterans Memorial Building (coliseum), 50 Second Ave. Bridge, Cedar Rapids
Lyon County: Nov. 29, noon – Forster Community Center, 404 First Ave., Rock Rapids
Mahaska County: Jan. 5, noon – George Daily Community Auditorium, 1800 N. Third St. #2, Oskaloosa
O’Brien County: Dec. 1, noon – Crossroads Pavilion Event Center (Great Hall), 301 34th Ave., Sheldon
Osceola County: Dec. 1, 6 p.m. – 9th Street Center, 418 Ninth St., Sibley
Pocahontas County: Dec. 14, noon – Rolfe Community Center, 319 Garfield St., Rolfe
Polk County: Jan. 7, noon – Iowa State Fairgrounds (Oman Family Youth Inn), 3000 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines
Poweshiek County: Jan. 4, 6 p.m. – Grinnell College (Joe Rosenfield Center), 1115 8th Ave., Grinnell
Plymouth County: Nov. 29, 6 p.m. – Le Mars Convention Center (lower level), 275 12th St. S.E., Le Mars
Story County: Jan. 6, noon – Gateway Hotel & Conference Center (Prairie Ballroom), 2100 Green Hills Drive, Ames
Van Buren County: Dec. 9, noon – Bonaparte Opera House, 614 First St., Bonaparte
Wapello County: Dec. 10, noon – Bridge View Center (conference rooms), 102 Church St., Ottumwa
Webster County: Dec. 14, 6 p.m. – Best Western Starlite Village, 1518 Third Ave. N.W., Fort Dodge
Woodbury County: Nov. 30, 6 p.m. – Sioux City Convention Center (Rooms A & B), 801 Fourth St., Sioux City

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Jared Strong
Jared Strong

Senior reporter Jared Strong has written about Iowans and the important issues that affect them for more than 15 years, previously for the Carroll Times Herald and the Des Moines Register. His investigative work exposing police misconduct has notched several state and national awards. He is a longtime trustee of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council, which fights for open records and open government. He is a lifelong Iowan and has lived mostly in rural western parts of the state.

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