This video shows an 8" CO2 pipeline rupture test conducted by the Norwegian risk-management company, DNV
Impacts of the Pipeline
No existing CO2 pipeline approaches its size, length or complexity, and Navigator has experience transporting oil - not carbon dioxide. As planned ,38 different facilities would capture CO2, convert the gas to a liquid form, then transport it 1,300 miles in a steel pipe at a pressure many times higher than natural gas, where it would be stored underground in Christian County.
Pipelines leak and rupture. A small amount of water could cause I the steel pipes to corrode. Any subsidence could cause the pipe to break. A change in pressure could cause the CO2 to change from a liquid to a gas. All these examples would result in a rupture, that could send a plume of CO2 a mile or more. Carbon dioxide is an asphyxiant. When concentrations are high enough, it can cause death within minutes.
f Navigator CO2 Venture's carbon pipeline is installed and becomes operational, it would:.
- Threaten to human lives and livestock, if a pipeline rupture were to occur.
- Damage farms and farm infrastructure that affects yield.. This includes soil erosion, mixing of prime and important farmland soils with those brought in as backfill; compact soils from heavy equipment; and sever drainage tiles.
- Reduce property values within a mile or more of the carbon pipeline.
- Increase costs to townships, counties, and communities who must purchase equipment to respond to a pipeline rupture (including air supply respirators and electric vehicles),
- Repair or replacement of roads and public lands damaged by heavy equipment associated with pipeline construction.
- And more.
The Legal Proceedings Are Underway
Mr. Murphy filed a leave to petition on Thursday, August 18. You can read the petition here, or click the image to download the file.
The petition represents concerns of both communities and landowners, and builds on the anticipated impacts associated with the construction and operation of Navigator CO2 Ventures' carbon pipeline.
Intervene with the ICC to Stop Navigator's Pipeline!
Agreement for Group Representation in ICC Proceedings
On July 25, 2022, Navigator filed its petition with the Illinois Commerce Commission (Docket 22-0947). Navigator Heartland Greenway LLC is asking the Commission for approval to construct and operate its pipeline system in Illinois and, if and when necessary, to take and acquire easements and interest in private property through the exercise of eminent domain, as provided in the Carbon Dioxide Transportation and Sequestration Act.
This filing initiated an 11-month to 12-month process, during which time the Illinois Commerce Commission will take into consideration information provided by Navigator, along with any petitions to intervene that are submitted ((either for or against the project). If you are affected by the pipeline, the ONLY way to present your objections or concerns to the Illinois Commerce Commission is to petition to intervene in its proceedings. This includes residents, landowners along and adjacent to the proposed route, farmers, businesses, institutions (schools, churches, hospitals, etc.), emergency service providers, and local units of government.
The Coalition to Stop CO2 Pipelines has helped create a new corporation to intervene in what we expect will be complicated legal proceedings before the ICC. Called Citizens Against Heartland Greenway Pipeline (CAGHP), the new Board has retained the services of Joe Murphy, Attorney, Meyer Capel, Champaign, Illinois, to represent the corporation and its members. Joe is an attorney experienced with Illinois Commerce Commission proceedings.
How Do I Intervene? Join CAGHP!
CAGHP is a membership organization. Its members own, use and/or enjoy land currently designated as part of or in proximity to the primary and lateral routes of Navigator’s proposed carbon dioxide pipeline, or will be impacted financially or in other ways, if the pipeline is installed and becomes operational. Joining CAGHP will entitle you to group representation, including:
- Shared costs associated with litigation, including discovery, depositions, expert witness development, and the ICC’s proceedings.
- Monthly member meetings, during which information will be shared and input solicited from Members on strategy.
- Election of the Board of Directors of the Corporation.
- The right to vote for or against appealing the Illinois Commerce Commission’s decision, should it find in favor of Navigator.
The following is NOT included in this membership: (1) Condemnation representation, should that be required; or (2) Negotiation of easement agreements.
What Does it Cost?
Membership, which entitles you to be represented in the intervention process, is $500 each year.and must be renewed annually to continue representation. If you can give more, particularly this first year, that would be appreciated, and used solely to cover legal fees
Annual renewals will be based on the calendar quarter the membership was received, and must be paid in the first month of the quarter in order to maintain representation and Member privileges. For example, memberships received in the first quarter of the calendar year (January through March) must be renewed in January of the following year; and memberships received in the second quarter of a calendar year (April through June) must be renewed in April of the following year.
Sign Me Up!
Citizens Against Heartland Greenway has prepared a one-page membership form. Click here to download the form, print, sign, and return it with your $500 membership fee to:
946 E. 2000 North Rd.
Edinburg, IL 62531
You will receive acknowledgment of your membership by email, and placed on an email list that will include announcements for monthly membership meetings; updates on the intervention proceedings; and the time and date for annual meetings, held to elect the Board of Directors .
If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 217.607.1948.