DES MOINES Iowa (KCAU) — A company that tried to set up a carbon dioxide pipeline through Siouxland and the tri-state is seeking to use eminent domain to start the project.
Eminent Domain, according to the Iowa Public Utilities Boardis a governmental power to take private property for the public good.
According to documents filed with the Iowa Utilities Board, Carbon Solutions Summit requested a total of 95 land parcels in 6 counties, with 60 land parcels located in Siouxland filed Tuesday.
Siouxland counties include,
- Crawford with 17 plots of land
- Plymouth with 10 plots of land
- Ida with 33 plots of land
Other counties in Iowa include,
- Chickasaw with 4 plots of land
- Greene with 13 plots of land
- Pottawattamie with 18 plots of land
The request stated that the future use of the eminent domain was unknown to Summit Carbon Solution as of January and that they would update the application as needed. They then state that they are updating the information after having “acquired a significant number of voluntary easements”.
Below are requests for use of eminent domain and maps.
According to an August 5 Release from Summit Carbon Solutions, they have secured a “significant amount” of signatures from landowners who support the carbon pipeline, and they will continue to negotiate with landowners who have not signed.
The release details that Summit Carbon has partnered with 32 Midwestern ethanol plants, 12 of which are located in Iowa, to create the world’s largest carbon capture and storage project. The pipeline is intended to reduce the impact of carbon on the environment and sell its product to states and countries that have adopted low-carbon fuel standards.
Summit Carbon Solutions Vice President of Government and Public Affairs Jake Ketzner said Summit Carbon Solutions is intended to help the ethanol and agriculture industries in Iowa and the Midwest.
“Over the past few months, we have been incredibly encouraged by the response from landowners. We have already signed more than 1,200 voluntary easements with Iowans, and we will continue to work to secure similar agreements with others,” Ketzner said.
The release says the project has invested nearly $1 billion in the state of Iowa, resulting in a flow to local businesses, restaurants, hotels and additional economic growth. It is expected that when the project is operational, it will generate an average of $1.2 million in property tax revenue each year for the counties where the system operates. The statement said it would help investments in schools, road construction, health care and public safety.
Several landowners have spoken out against the carbon pipeline, some even rallied against the pipeline at the Iowa Statehouse. Some landowners say they oppose the pipeline for safety reasons, and others worry about what the pipeline will do to crops.