(Clarinda) – Page County intends to release a statement clarifying its thoughts on the use of eminent domain for carbon pipelines.
At its regular meeting Tuesday morning, the Page County Board of Supervisors discussed sending a letter to the Iowa Utilities Board expressing its opposition to the use of eminent domain for pipelines. of carbon in his riding. Supervisors Chairman Alan Armstrong said the letter would be similar to Montgomery County’s and said he believed eminent domain should not be used in this case, especially without landowner payments.
“If they want to pay landowners for the use of their property and make sure it’s covered, that’s fine with me, but I hear different things,” Armstrong said. “Some counties or some states talk about where they get paid to do this, and some don’t. And that worries me (with) eminent domain – I don’t know if there’s a payment .”
Currently, three carbon pipeline projects have been proposed in Iowa, with Summit Carbon Solutions’ Midwest Express CO2 pipeline running through KMAland to Green Plains LLC in Fremont County. Currently, Summit is the only company submitting its license application to the IUB.
While saying he is also against the land grab process for these projects, supervisor Jacob Holmes says most developers he has spoken with, including those in the ethanol industry, point to sales potential in low-carbon markets.
“I spoke to the guy who was at ISAC this summer because I think it was a different team, and that was his big point was that California would buy ethanol then,” Holmes said. “That’s what he said because they’re all talking about net zero.”
However, Supervisor Chuck Morris said the Iowa legislature is already trying to resolve the eminent domain issue for carbon pipelines.
“The Legislature has imposed a moratorium until next spring, and the Iowa Utilities Board is not going to deal with it,” Morris said. “The Iowa Public Utilities Board, as I understand it, has the ability to invoke eminent domain as it sees fit, but now it won’t even hear the case until March of next year. “
But, Holmes says the letter would serve alongside the state effort, encouraging pipeline companies to offer more financial incentives to landowners rather than seize land.
“It shows that we really don’t want eminent domain to take place,” Holmes said. “I think the whole point of the moratorium, or whatever they called it, at the start of the year was ‘you guys, we’re not going to let you do eminent domain this year, you gotta get out and try to buy your way.'”
The board intends to speak with members of the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors and draft a letter stating their objection for approval at an upcoming board meeting.