Illinois Rejects Carbon Pipeline Permit For One Earth Energy

Illinois Rejects Carbon Pipeline Permit For One Earth Energy - Carbon Herald

A recent proposal from One Earth Sequestration (owned by One Earth Energy) to build a carbon capture pipeline in Illinois is facing setbacks from the state’s commerce commission.

The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) has been advised to deny the project developer a permit for the carbon capture pipeline, which would pass through McLean and Ford counties.

As has been the case with similar planned projects in the US, the proposal from One Earth Sequestration has seen significant pushback from environmental organizations and advocacy groups. 

Public safety and environmental risks are among the main concerns voiced by pipeline opponents, such as senior gas engineer Mark Maple, who also questioned the benefits of such a project to local communities. 

Furthermore, recent ICC hearings revealed a lack of critical information in the application, such as clear route specifications, land rights, an emergency response plan, and more. 

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So far, One Earth Energy has invested $19 million in the planned 7.34-mile carbon pipeline project, which aims to transport the CO2 emissions captured from the company’s ethanol plant in Gibson City to three permanent storage sites in McLean County, Illinois.

The project would help One Earth Energy transition to more sustainable practices and will aid the decarbonization of the state’s ethanol industry, according to the company. 

Further ICC hearings will be held in May, after which a final decision from the commission will be voiced in September 2024. 

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