Valero Will Ship Out CO2 Through Proposed Summit Pipeline

Ames, Iowa — Not long ago, we reported that the company that runs the ethanol plant at Ashton (POET) had partnered with Summit Carbon Solutions to take care of their CO2. Now, we have received word that the company that runs the Hartley ethanol plant has also signed on as a shipper with Summit Carbon Solution’s proposed CO2 pipeline.

Valero officials say their eight ethanol facilities in Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota and South Dakota will be incorporated into the proposed project. Those facilities produce 1.1 billion gallons of ethanol per year, producing 3.1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. With the inclusion of Valero, Summit’s proposed project now extends to 57 ethanol facilities across the upper Midwest.

Summit’s carbon capture pipeline project is proposed to run through a number of counties in the region, including Lyon, Sioux, and O’Brien. It’s generating considerable controversy over safety and other concerns, including any possible use of eminent domain to obtain right-of-way from property owners who are opposed to the project.

(Courtesy fellow Community First Broadcasting station KUOO in Spirit Lake)


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