Public Utilities Commissioner Chris Nelson was dodgy during last year’s election about whether he would do anything to protect landowners from the eminent domain encroachment of carbon dioxide pipelines. But as the PUC’s hearing on the Navigator CO2 pipeline wrapped up late yesterday, Commissioner Nelson signaled the company’s refusal to share details about where exactly its pipeline will run could lose his vote:
Commissioner Chris Nelson asked whether Navigator could provide a map so that the public could understand the potential danger from a pipeline rupture. [Project VP Monica] Howard said she couldn’t do that.
That, Nelson replied, may mean the company and the commission will find they are at “an impasse” [Bob Mercer, “A Navigator Objection Ticks Off Landowners’ Lawyer,” KELO-TV, 2023.08.08].
Mercer reports that the PUC plans to vote on Navigator’s permit application on September 6. Navigator thus has four weeks to get Commissioner Nelson the map on which it sounds like his approval depends.