Carbon dioxide pipelines may be pitted in Nebraska, Iowa

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Companies building pipelines to capture carbon dioxide produced by ethanol plants and transport it in liquid form under high pressure to permanent deep storage may face opposition from farmers and groups environmental issues in Nebraska and Iowa.

One of the companies, Summit Carbon Solutions, has already started contacting landowners in the states it plans to cross with the $ 4.5 billion project. The Ames, Iowa-based company is also holding public meetings about the project in Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

Supporters of the projects, including the Nebraska Ethanol Board, say the pipelines would reduce the carbon impact of producing corn-based fuel and help it meet the targets California and Oregon have adopted to reduce emissions. greenhouse gases in order to fight against global warming.

“This is a critical step in ensuring the long-term viability of ethanol,” said Jesse Harris, spokesperson for Summit Carbon Solutions.

But officials from the Nebraska section of the Sierra Club and Bold Nebraska, who have fought against the Keystone XL pipeline, told the Omaha World-Herald that they will oppose carbon dioxide pipelines because of concerns about the risks of safety leaks and the lack of state regulations concerning them.

“CO2 pipelines are a questionable attempt to support fossil fuels by taking advantage of government subsidies while claiming they are environmentally friendly,” said Ken Winston of the Nebraska Sierra Club.

Jimmy Powell, chief operating officer of Summit, told the Des Moines Register the Iowa company will only use “best practices” to ensure pipeline safety.

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