A hearing about Summit Carbon Solutions’ proposed CO2 pipeline project has begun in Iowa.
The hearing is of critical importance for Summit Carbon and the $5.5 billion pipeline project, which is set to connect ethanol producers across the Midwest to an underground storage site in North Dakota.
Residents in Iowa, however, have expressed their concerns to state regulators about potential ruptures and leakages.
The hearing, which could last weeks, will determine the fate of the 2,000-mile carbon capture pipeline and may even affect the emerging carbon capture and storage (CCS) industry at large.
Summit has already managed to sign easements with almost 75% of landowners along the pipeline route in Iowa.
However, those who have not agreed to have the pipeline pass through their properties have told the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) that they worry about their safety.
Other participants in the hearing include ethanol companies, county officials, the Iowa Farm Bureau, and other parties.