Heartland Greenway holds public meeting to discuss a proposed pipeline in Siouxland

Published: Jan. 25, 2022 at 7:32 PM CST
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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Leaders with Heartland Greenway Nebraska held a public meeting Tuesday night to discuss a Carbon Capture Pipeline that could run through several Siouxland counties, including Dakota County.

The proposed pipeline would stretch 1,300 miles across several northeast Nebraska and northwest Iowa counties. The first step in getting the pipeline approved is for Heartland Greenway to hold several public hearings, like the one held at the Dakota City American Legion Hall.

“We think it is really important to bring our teams out into the communities across the proposed footprint of the project so that we can have two-way conversations. Sharing information about the project proposal as well as gathering feedback and information from landowners, tenants, and community members from across that footprint,” said Elizabeth Burns-Thompson, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs with Navigator CO2 Ventures.

The biggest community concern is eminent domain, and landowners are worried about the negative effects of having the pipeline run through their properties.

“About 70% of Nebraskans are opposed to eminent domain being used for private gain. So it is one thing for a corporation to come in and build trust with the community and build a project, then there is another for a corporation to come in and say too bad we are going to take your land anyway,” said Jane Kleeb, founder of Bold Nebraska.

The meeting ran from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening, and Heartland Greenway used a new approach by setting up booths for community members to visit and ask questions regarding the pipeline.

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