Summit Seeks Eminent Domain – Cherokee Chronicle Times

This map shows the proposed route of the Summit Carbon Pipeline through Cherokee County.

As the Iowa Utility Board’s final public hearing on Summit Carbon’s proposed carbon capture and sequestration pipeline system approaches, the state board has chosen the Webster County Fairgrounds in Ft. Dodge as the hearing site.

On January 28, Summit Carbon filed an application with the IUB for a Hazardous Liquids Pipeline Permit to construct, operate and maintain approximately 681 miles of pipeline ranging from 4 inches to 24 inches in diameter for the transportation of liquid carbon dioxide. across Iowa. An estimated 29 miles would pass through Cherokee County.

If the IUB determines that Summit’s proposed CCS pipeline system is in the best interest of the public and grants the HLP for the Summit pipeline, then each county’s along-route damage assessment commission may step in and s involved in any determination of eminent domain.

However, the eminent domain resolution is subject to two constitutional restrictions. The property under consideration must be acquired for “public use”. Landowners must receive “just compensation” in exchange for the use of this private property by the project promoters.

As required by IUB regulations before a final public hearing can take place, Summit Carbon must file its Exhibit H documentation which shows exactly where the parcels of land are where Summit may need to use the right eminent domain to obtain the right to use private agricultural land. for their 50-foot-wide permanent easement. But ownership of this 50-foot-wide strip of land will still be retained by the original owner.

Beginning August 8, when Summit filed its first Exhibit H documents for parcels in Pottawattamie County, those Exhibit H documents arrived at the IUB daily until August 24, when the Hardin County Exhibit H were filed. These filings are posted on the IUB website under the Summit folder and further filings are still due. Negotiations with reluctant landowners are still ongoing, however.

Summit Carbon filed its Cherokee County Exhibit H paperwork on August 12. A review of Summit’s Cherokee County overview map shows the 8-inch-diameter pipeline from Summit running south into O’Brien County toward the proposed carbon dioxide collector at the Little Sioux facility. Corn Processors east of Marcus.

With the construction of the ethanol plant beginning in November 2001, perhaps the driving force behind the establishment of this ethanol plant was Primghar area corn farmer Daryl Haack. Since many farmers in the area are investors, the LSCP is a largely farmer-owned cooperative, with Haack frequently serving as chairman of the LSCP board. Steve Roe is the current general manager of the establishment.

When Haack was asked how many bushels of LSCP corn was grinding daily, he replied, “The facility has been grinding about 158,000 bushels a day since last week.”

Haack added, “The ethanol plant employs between 50 and 60 trained plant operators and maintenance technicians daily.”

After the LSCP connection site, the Summit Pipeline route heads southeast toward Ida County and the Quad County Ethanol Plant near Galva.

A closer look at the pipeline route shows where approximately 25 parcels of land in Cherokee County may need to undergo an eminent domain determination for Summit to have access to this 50-foot-wide strip of permanent easement land.