Join Us in Bishop Hill!
Wolf Carbon Solutions / ADM is planning to file its application to The Illinois Commerce Commission any day. Their plan is to construct a 280-mile long CO2 pipeline from Cedar Rapids and Clinton, Iowa, through Illinois to Macon County, where it will bury the transported carbon deep underground. While maps remain conceptual, it appears that this project will pass through the following counties: Rock Island, Henry, Knox, Stark, Peoria, Tazewell, Logan, McLean, Dewitt and Macon. Two of these counties (Henry and Knox) also be affected by Navigator CO2 Venture's pipeline.
CO2 pipelines carry an asphyxiant that can kill humans and animals in minutes, if they rupture. They are under-regulated and, in some instances, not regulated at all.
What to Expect
Attend this event to learn what you can do to protect your family and community from the risks of these pipelines! Storyteller Brian "Fox" Ellis will MC the interactive event, which will include plenty of time to ask questions of all presenters, who will speak about:
- Key differences between CO2 pipelines and those that transport oil and gas.
- Public safety and the need for safe setbacks.
- Impacts on U.S. EPA-designated environmental justice neighborhoods in South Peoria.
- Impacts to farmland drainage tiles(featuring a 5th generation farmer).
- Need for regulations, resistance, and how to join the fight to stop CO2 pipelines.
Maps will be on display so you can ask questions about the pipeline impacts both before and after the presentation. John Feltham, President, Citizens Against Heartland Greenway Pipeline, will be present to talk about intervening in the Illinois Commerce Commission proceedings, and there will be fact sheets and a list of actions you can take available to bring home.
On Bishop Hill
The event will take in the accessible Bishop Hill Creative Commons, a local art and music venue just north of the center of townl. Bishop Hill was the site of a utopian religious community founded in 1846 by Swedish pietist Eric Janson (1808-1850) and his followers. Many consider the Jansonist emigration as the beginning of Swedish America. Today, this small, but thriving community's center is listed on both the State and National Historic Register. A number of historically significant buildings have survived and are scattered throughout the village, four of which are owned by the state and managed as part of the Bishop Hill State Historic Site.