Carbon Pipeline Opponents Make Appeal To New Iowa Utilities Board Members

Des Moines, Iowa — Opponents of carbon pipelines are asking the state’s new utility regulators to take their objections to heart. The three-member Iowa Utilities Board convened Tuesday morning, the first meeting for new members Eric Helland and Sarah Martz. Julie Glade of Cedar Falls says her family’s farm in Wright County would be impacted by the Summit pipeline.

Beth Klahsen’s family farm near Arlington is along the Navigator route. Klahsen says she’s trusting regulators to do the right thing.

Denise Kleppe owns a century farm that’s on the Wolfe pipeline route.

Mark Maher, a farmer from Imogene, says the Summit pipeline route would be too close to his home and grain bin complex.

Craig Woodward owns land in Cerro Gordo County that might be impacted by the Summit pipeline. Woodward tried to ask questions of the new regulators, but veteran board member Joshua Byrnes reminded Woodward that the board cannot comment on a pending case.

Governor Kim Reynolds appointed two new members to the board last month. Their terms started last week.