Tell the U.S. ACE to permit Navigator's pipeline as a single project
As incredible as it may seem, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is ready to permit Navigator's 1350-mile pipeline as 1800 separate projects, under its expedited Nationwide permitting program. This will allow the pipeline to proceed without a full environmental review or any public comment.
We can't let that happen! Please take a moment to tell the Corps that this is unacceptable, and a full environmental analysis, along with meaningful public comment, should be required. Learn more and send your letter here.
We have a Bill to pass by May 31st!
HB 3119/ SB2421
The Carbon Dioxide Transport and Storage Protections Act:
- Creates sensible protections at all steps in the CCS process.
- Shields the state from financial and liability risk.
- Helps Illinois achieve its climate goals.
- Protects landowner’s rights from eminent domain and industry grabs.
There will be Committee hearings, a need for witness slips, and a lobby day in April. Click here to learn more.
Ask your state senator and representative to cosponsor this bill!
Learn about CO2 Pipelines
Wolf Carbon Solutions and ADM have announced a proposal to construct a 280-mile pipeline that will carry high pressure CO2 through ten counties in west and central Illinois. This webinar highlights the differences between CO2 pipelines and oil and gas, and impacts from Wolf / ADM's Mt. Simon Hub on public safety, farmland, and a Peoria environmental justice community. It also explores the Illinois Commerce Commission process and the need to organize elected officials and landowners to intervene. Be sure to watch to understand the proposal, its risks, and actions you can take to protect you and your community!
Farmer to Farmer - On CO2 Pipelines
The construction of CO2 pipelines across Illinois' prime farmland has devastating consequences for farmers. They include soil erosion and loss of valuable topsoil; mixing of soils; soil compaction from working in wet fields; and severed drain tiles. Studies show that these activities result in reduced crop yield and fields that never fully recover.
Steve Hess, landowner and farmer in McDonough County Illinois, gives a detailed look at the impacts of pipeline construction on farmland and why he is opposed to Navigator's Heartland Greenway CO2 Pipeline and Wolf Carbon Solutions / ADM's Mt. Simon Hub.
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.
Navigator Refiles with the ICC
Montgomery Lateral Information Meetings
Navigator attempts to buy out McDonough Co.
Navigator Withdraws Pipeline Proposal
Don’t Let Navigator Control the Narrative!
Albert Karvelis, PhD