A carbon dioxide pipeline project is being developed across several Midwestern states, including eastern Iowa, but it may have to be built using the well-known domain.
Navigator CO2 Ventures, based in Texas, is proposing a 1,300-mile pipeline that takes carbon dioxide from fertilizer and ethanol plants.
Navigator will consider using famous domain– if Iowa officials allow it – if farmers don’t agree to provide easy ways for the chain to pass through their land, according to Announcement , a newspaper in Cedar Rapids.
The way the project works is that the gas is pressurized and liquefied and sent to a place in western Illinois. The plan calls for carbon to be pumped into rock formations, where, according to the theory behind the project, it is calcified and never released into the air.
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This theory remains unproven, and some are skeptical or concerned about it possible impact of pipelines on their land.
“All things considered, it seems like a bad idea,” said Marian Kuper, 68, who lives with husband Keith near Ackley, Iowa.
This $3 billion project claims it will bury 15 million tons of carbon dioxide.
A similar project, developed by Summit Carbon Solutions, cuts through parts of western Iowa on its 2,000-mile route.
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In theory, the idea is a money-maker for ethanol plants that want a lower carbon score to sell their fuels in states like California and Oregon, with low-carbon fuel standards.
A federal tax credit would provide up to $50 a ton for carbon stored in perpetuity.
Companies are promoting the idea as a way to benefit people.
Elizabeth Burns-Thompson, Navigator vice president, told The Gazette: “These projects have a unique point of contact with the farming community.
The idea, Burns-Thompson said, “has the potential to help keep those plants (ethanol and fertilizer) alive not just for years to come, but decades to come.”
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Burns-Thompson says Navigator’s pipeline will be buried at least 5 feet underground.
“The best way to reduce risk is to go a little deeper,” she says. “Then you mitigate some of the risk of a line strike.”
State regulators everywhere, including Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Illinois, had to sign off on the project.
The company hopes to starting construction in 2023.
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