Woodbury County leaders vote to send letter opposing carbon capture pipeline

A map showing the 20.28 miles of the proposed pipeline in Woodbury County.
A map showing the 20.28 miles of the proposed pipeline in Woodbury County.(Summit Carbon Solutions)
Published: Jan. 11, 2022 at 5:57 PM CST
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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Woodbury County supervisors have voted, unanimously, to send a letter to the Iowa Utilities Board opposing the construction of a carbon capture pipeline that will cross Woodbury and several other northwest Iowa counties.

The meeting was held Tuesday afternoon and the vote was 5-to-0 to send that letter to the Iowa Utilities Board.

Summit Carbon Solutions is investing $4.5 billion dollars into a project that would capture carbon dioxide emissions and transport them to an underground storage location in North Dakota.

Supervisor Rocky De Witt says his opposition to the pipeline boils down to land rights.

“It is not the county board of supervisors’ decision on whether or not the pipeline goes through Woodbury County. But we do feel that if the Utilities Board really looks at this, that the company looking to build these pipelines should purchase the agreements with the farmers as they go, and find willing sellers instead of Eminent Domain,” said Keith Radig, Woodbury County Supervisor.

The proposed pipeline would travel through 30 Iowa counties, and Woodbury County is not the only Siouxland county opposed to the pipeline. However, the approval of the Summit Carbon Solutions pipeline is out of the County’s jurisdiction. It will ultimately be up to the Iowa Utilities Board.

“Our farm would have both pipelines going through it, and you know if you put the pipeline there it is for forever,” said a resident of Sergeant Bluff.

Leaders with Summit Carbon Solutions say its pipeline would actually help local farmers by transporting carbon dioxide, which is a bi-product of ethanol production, to an underground location in North Dakota.

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