Wolf Carbon Solutions seeks public meetings for proposed pipeline

Wolf Carbon Solutions has requested a series of public informational meetings in five Iowa counties, including Scott and Clinton, as part of its proposal to build a 350-mile pipeline to transport liquefied carbon dioxide from a pair of Eastern Iowa ADM plants to an underground sequestration facility in Illinois.

A docket for the proposed CO2 pipeline has been filed with the Iowa Utilities Board, detailing a proposed pipeline route that would connect ADM plants in Cedar Rapids and Clinton to a terminus near Decatur, Illinois, where the liquefied gas would be sequestered underground.

The pipeline, first proposed in March, would run through the southern portion of Linn County and a small portion of northern Johnson County southeastward through Cedar, Clinton and Scott counties in Iowa, then further eastward to the sequestration site.

The project comprises the third CO2 pipeline proposal in Iowa, joining proposals by Navigator, which wants to build a 1,300-mile pipeline that would run through portions of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, and Summit Carbon Solutions, which has proposed a 2,000-mile pipeline that would span counties in Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota.

The Navigator project was originally slated to run through several Eastern Iowa counties, but was rerouted after ADM chose to collaborate with Wolf on a carbon pipeline project.

The projects are touted as an environmentally friendly solution to deal with carbon dioxide emissions from large-scale industrial facilities, but critics question the environmental claims.

In the case of this project, ADM says the pipeline would have the capacity to transport 12 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year from the plants, which would be permanently stored underground at ADM’s existing carbon sequestration site in Decatur, Illinois. 

The company says the planned pipeline would have significant spare capacity to serve customers looking to decarbonize across the Midwest and Ohio River Valley.

Wolf has requested the following schedule for countywide public information meetings on the project:

Linn – Sept. 13, noon

Johnson – Sept. 13, 6 p.m.

Cedar – Sept. 14, noon

Clinton – Sept. 14, 6 p.m.

Scott – Sept. 15, noon

Virtual – Sept. 15, 6 p.m.  

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