PHMSA will be holding a public meeting on CO2 pipeline safety!
The U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has announced that it will hold a CO2 pipeline public meeting in Des Moines, Iowa, May 31st-June 1.
The federal agency has undertaken a new rulemaking process to “implement new measures to strengthen its safety oversight of carbon dioxide (CO2) pipelines around the country and protect communities from dangerous pipeline failures.” PHMSA rarely holds such public meetings, so this event is a prime opportunity for impacted landowners and advocates to show up (either in-person, or virtually) to speak out and make your concerns known. Click here to register, and watch this space for a petition to sign to Secretary Buttigieg.
Sign this Petition to Secretary Pete
PHMSA is holding stakeholder listening sessions on May 31 and June 1 as a first step towards improving safety and oversight of CO2 pipelines. Yet, pipeline developers are seeking approval of CO2 Pipelines before PHMSA's rule-making is complete. If approved, they will be granted eminent domain authority, which will enable construction.
Tell Secretary Buttigieg PHMSA must take action NOW! Those who live along CO2 pipeline routes need maximum protection from pipelines that carry an asphyxiant. Click to read and sign this petition.
Tell the Corps - No Expedited Permits for CO2 Pipelines
The environmental impact of interstate CO2 pipelines has never been documented. Yet, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is poised to ignore the cumulative impacts of thousands of crossings of rivers, streams, tributaries, and wetlands, via an expedited nationwide permit system.
District Engineers can and should exercise their discretion and consider each interstate pipeline as a single project. They should process them with Individual Permits and conduct an environmental assessment with opportunity for public input. Learn more and send your letter here.
Two CO2 Pipelines Are Coming to Illinois
Two CO2 pipelines are making their way from Iowa to Illinois. They are the first of several expected in what is becoming known as the "Midwest CO2 Express". CO2 pipelines are new to Illinois, and differ from oil and gas. In fact, in the U.S., CO2 pipelines have never been constructed at the lengths proposed, and raising concerns across the country because they are under-regulated and pose numerous safety hazards and land use concerns. If these pipelines rupture or leak (and they have), CO2 could travel more than a mile and asphyxiate humans or livestock within a few minutes, depending on concentration and length of exposure. Read more ...
Navigator's Heartland "Greenway"
Navigator CO2 Ventures, LLC, is a Texas midstream infrastructure company. Navigator plans to build a 1,300 mile pipeline that would transport high-pressure, liquified CO2 from ethanol and fertilizer plants in South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois, where they will store it deep underground in Christian County. In June, Navigator added POET, the world's largest ethanol producer, to their project. This will increase the number of clients from 20 to 32, further complicating the management and transport of CO2. Read more.
ADM / Wolf Carbon Solutions
ADM / Wolf Carbon Solutions plans to build a CO2 pipeline from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Decatur, Illinois, where they plan to store it underground in Macon County. The route of this 280-mile pipeline will be more precisely defined, once ADM / Wolf files its application with the Illinois Commerce Commission. This is proposal is Phase I of a project that would include expansion deeper into Midwest and Ohio Valley industrial area, and potentially capture and transport CO2 from steel and cement plants, and other emitters. Read more .
Help Stop Navigator's CO2 Pipeline!
On January 20, Navigator withdrew their application from the ICC because they didn't have a sequestration site, and intervening groups and staff couldn't fully evaluate their project. While that was good news, Navigator issued a press release saying that they would be back by the end of February, with an even larger project. By February 10, landowners began to receive letters announcing information meetings for Navigator's proposed 42-mile long lateral pipeline through Montgomery County. Their maps now show Navigator plans to sequester carbon in both Christian and Montgomery Counties.
Citizens Against Heartland Greenway Pipeline (CAHGP) was formed to provide landowners, residents, organizations, and local units of government an opportunity to have group representation in the ICC proceedings by Attorney Joe Murphy, Meyer Capel. If you are a landowner, click here to join CAHGP. But we also need others to help fund the intervention process, which now will start over. Can we count on you to help out? Click GoFundMe to the right, learn more, and contribute whatever you can.
Send a Letter to Governor Pritzker and US and State Officials
We've been fighting CO2 pipelines by educating and growing the base of support among those most affected by a CO2 pipeline. That includes landowners, residents, township supervisors, villages, county boards, emergency service personnel, and more. In July we started a non-profit to intervene in Navigator's approval process, with the goal of stopping this dangerous pipeline. Now, it is time to expand our outreach to include Governor Pritzker, the Illinois General Assembly, and Congress.
Please take time to send a letter to the Governor and U.S. and state officials. You can use our advocacy form to create your own, or simply send the one that is there. This is important, as we move towards obtaining support for a moratorium on CO2 pipelines that is tied to the competition of PHMSA's rulemaking process.
May Lobby Day a Success
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