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Public meetings set for third Iowa carbon pipeline

by Jared Strong

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.

A map of the proposed carbon pipeline in Iowa
Photo credit: Iowa Utilities Board

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.

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