Are You a Landowner?
DON'T SIGN ANYTHING until you are fully informed. Signing a voluntary easement now will waive your rights.
It’s YOUR Money.
ADM / Wolf's pipeline is a private, 300-mile long project that can not be built without a massive influx of federal tax dollars, including 45Q tax credits and subsidies. The project is not viable without signficant taxpayer dollars. Yet, landowners will bear the long-term costs and impacts.
It’s YOUR Land.
This CO2 pipeline will take your land for private use, enforcing eminent domain, if necessary. Experience in other areas has shown that farms with pipeline corridors such as the one proposed, have sustained crop losses well beyond the period for which the owners have been compensated. The land is permanently reduced in value. Long-term damage to drainage and field tiles is also common, often extending the impact well beyond the pipeline easement.
It’s YOUR Risk.
ADM / Wolf wants to place its pipeline near homes and businesses. But a CO2 pipeline is not like other pipelines. CO2 must be transported under extreme pressure. A minor rupture could be catastrophic. CO2 under pressure is a tasteless, odorless gas that can can asphyxiate humans and livestock within minutes.
But … It’s THEIR Profit!
ADM / Wolf's pipeline is a private project,. This partnership will, along with their investors, make many millions of dollars if it is built. They have no obligation to retain ownership or long-term responsibility for the pipeline. ADM / Wolf can profit and then leave the pipeline and its impacts behind.
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About ADM/Wolf's CO2 Pipeline
Wolf Carbon Solutions currently owns and operates the only private carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) system in North America: Alberta Carbon Trunk Line; a 150-mile pipeline with capability of transporting up to 14.6 million tons of CO2 per year. Wolf has partnered with Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM) to implement a CCS system that will travel from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Decatur, Illinois. ADM s a food processing and commodities trading corporation that operates over 400 crop procurement facilities and 270 food processing plants across the globe.
Phase I includes the capture, transport, and sequestration of 5 to 6 million tons of CO2 each year. Phase II increase that capacity to 12 million tons of CO2 annually, by expanding Midwest and Ohio valley industrial markets. Phase III envisions adding cement, steel, power plants and other emitters.
The 300-mile-long CO2 pipeline will connect ethanol and fertilizer plants from Iowa and Illinois, and transport captured CO2 to a sequestration reservoir near Decatur, Illinois. Since 2017, ADM has been capturing and sequestering about 500,000 tons of CO2 annually, at its Decatur facility.
It's Just Greenwashing
While carbon capture, transport and sequestration is called a "climate solution", in reality it is the only proposed solution that allows the continued use of fossil fuels at the taxpayer's expense, and it is fraught with problems. Capturing and transporting CO2 from ethanol and fertilizer plants:
- Requires additional coal or gas power to run the equipment that captures the CO2 and converts it to a supercritical state required for transport. This often requires the construction of new plants.
- Does not include the capture of CO2 from operations that either power the production of these products or from facilities that capture the CO2.
- Requires fossil fuel energy to extract the natural resources for pipeline manufacturing, as well as the manufacture, transport, and placement of pipelines into the ground.
- Uses fossil fuel energy for transporting the high-pressure, liquid CO2 across hundreds of miles, and then injecting it into the ground.
- Is being heavily subsidized by the federal government through tax incentives made possible by Section 45Q of the U.S. tax code. In other words, there is a lot of money to be made for companies like Navigator CO2 Ventures.
- Is dangerous and under-regulated by the federal government, and can result in loss of life in the event of a pipeline rupture.
- Requires carbon storage, a technology that is not yet proven at the scale proposed.
Some studies show that this process actually increases the release of CO2 into the atmosphere, due to the large amount of energy required to power carbon capture and the life cycle of fossil fuels.
Affected Communities and Counties
ADM / Wolf's map shows that the proposed pipeline will transport CO2 through 10 counties: Rock Island, Henry, Knox, Stark, Peoria, Tazwell, Logan,McLean, Dewitt,Macon and Piatt. Two of these (Henry and Knox) would also be affected by Navigator CO2 Venture's pipeline.
ADM / Wolf's CO2 pipeline will pass by numerous communities, exposing them to unprecedented safety concerns, described in the left sidebar. In addition to safety concerns, impacts to residents could include reduced property values. The pipeline will require easements across private property. Impacts to farmers will include limits on how their property can be used; reduced crop yields; soil compaction from heavy equipment; and broken drainage tiles associated with construction.