Wolf Carbon Solutions Delays Pipeline Construction Schedule
Wolf Carbon Solutions' attorney, Amanda James, on Tuesday, March 14, informed Iowa state regulators that the company may not be able to meet its initial plan of constructing its carbon dioxide pipeline in Iowa in the second quarter of 2024, as initially planned.
According to a report by Lowa Capital Dispatch, a Wolf attorney, Amanda James, said it is too early to tell when the hearing will occur, as the company is just starting to work with landowners and property owners.
Wolf Carbon Solutions is one of three companies that have applied for a hazardous liquid pipeline permit with the Iowa Utilities Board. The company indicated in its permit that it would not use eminent domain to force easements with unwilling landowners for the 95 miles of the pipeline it plans to lay in far eastern Iowa.
The use of the eminent domain for pipelines is unpopular in Iowa, with 78% of Iowans opposing it, according to a recent Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll.
Wolf Carbon Solutions' proposal aims to transport captured carbon dioxide from two ethanol plants to Illinois.
The company has repeatedly pledged to obtain voluntary easements with landowners. However, its permit petition could be modified later to include eminent domain, according to Don Tormey, a spokesperson for the IUB.
James suggested the possibility of holding a scheduling conference in the first quarter of 2024 and scheduling the final permit hearing for three or six months after, potentially delaying the IUB's decision on the permit to late 2024.
Navigator CO2 Ventures plans to start constructing its 810 miles of pipeline in Iowa in the first half of 2024, according to Samantha Norris, an attorney for the company. Navigator intends to seek a permit hearing in the first three months of that year to conclude the process before spring planting.
Summit Carbon Solutions will meet with the IUB on Wednesday to schedule the rest of its proceedings.