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Public meetings set for third carbon pipeline

By: - July 14, 2022 2:39 pm

Landowners can get a closer look at proposed pipeline routes during the informational meetings. (Photo by Jared Strong/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

The Iowa Utilities Board on Thursday set public informational meetings in late August for a proposed liquid carbon pipeline in eastern Iowa with a route that totals about 90 miles.

Wolf Carbon Solutions wants to lay the pipe to transport captured carbon dioxide from two ethanol plants in Cedar Rapids and Clinton to Illinois, where it would be pumped deep into the ground.

The project has the potential to affect landowners in five counties: Cedar, Clinton, Johnson, Linn and Scott.

Such meetings are held in each county and typically include the board’s overview of the hazardous liquid pipeline permit process — including an explanation of the potential use of eminent domain to obtain easements for the pipeline — and the company’s explanation of the project with a more-detailed route through the county. Attendees can also ask questions.

The meetings are set for:

Aug. 29, noon, in Johnson County: North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St., North Liberty
Aug. 29, 6 p.m., in Cedar County: Tipton High School, 400 E. Sixth St., Tipton
Aug. 30, noon, in Linn County: Veterans Memorial Building, 50 Second Ave. Bridge, Cedar Rapids
Aug. 30, 6 p.m., in Clinton County: Wild Rose Convention Center, 777 Wild Rose Drive, Clinton
Aug. 31, noon, in Scott County: RiverCenter, 136 E. Third Street, Davenport

The board also set a virtual online meeting for Sept. 19 at 6 p.m.

Pipeline companies must hold the meetings before petitioning for a permit. The months-long process culminates in a multiday hearing that includes the consideration of eminent domain requests.

 

The latest proposed carbon pipeline would transport liquid carbon dioxide from ethanol plants in Cedar Rapids and Clinton to Illinois. (Iowa Utilities Board filing)

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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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