Last week I reported on the carbon capture pipeline that Dan Lederman is pitching to county commissions up and down East River on behalf of his rich Iowa Republican friends. An eager reader responds with a copy of the letter landowners are receiving from aspiring pipeliners Summit Carbon Solutions, the schedule of the four public meetings the Iowa company is holding here in East River, and a map of the South Dakota branches of this project:
Comparing the proposed map to the most recent Dakota Access pipeline map on file with the Public Utilities Commission…
…we can see that the proposed Midwest Carbon Express carbon dioxide pipeline, which would carry CO2 northwest from Iowa up to underground depositories in North Dakota, appears to parallel the Bakken oil pipeline from near Canton onward through its detour around the Sioux Falls metroplex to Hartford, up to Charlie Johnson’s farm in southern Lake County, and up to southwestern Kingsbury County. But then, near Highway 14 the CO2 pipeline appears to diverge from the Dakota Access route, leaning a bit more northerly to perhaps better thread the needle among our northern ethanol plants and to reduce the distance the Minnesota–North Dakota branch has to cover to reach the main line.
According to the map sent by Summit Carbon Solutions, the pipeline will be 20 inches in diameter at its Lincoln County entry point and past the connection point of the 6-inch spur from the Dakota Ethanol Plant in Wentworth. But by the time the pipeline enters North Dakota from McPherson County, it will be 24 inches in diameter. The pipeline apparently needs to get wider to accommodate CO2 carried in via 6-inch spurs from Watertown and Onida, 4-inch spurs from Huron and Aberdeen, and the 8-inch Minnesota-North Dakota line that dips down into South Dakota right around the west shore of Elm Lake to join the main line near Leola.
Landowners and others interested in more detail about the Midwest Carbon Express CO2 pipeline get four meetings squeezed into two days to ask questions, with two meetings held during the daytime when working people will have a hard time attending, and all four held during peak harvest time when farmers may not be able to spare any time to attend:
- Aberdeen: Tuesday, October 26, noon–2 p.m., Dakota Event Center, 720 Lamont St.
- Redfield: Tuesday, October 26, 5:30–7:30 p.m., Shanty Haven, 1223 W 5th St.
- Madison: Wednesday, October 27, noon–2 p.m., Dakota Prairie Playhouse, 1205 N. Washington Ave.
- Tea: Wednesday, October 27, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., Prairie View Event Hall, 27091 Kerslake Pl.