Plain Talk: Is carbon capture North Dakota's next big industry?

North Dakota may soon be the endpoint for a massive new carbon-gathering pipeline. A vice president of the company building the pipeline joins this episode of Plain Talk to answer questions about it.

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The Tharaldson plant in Casselton, North Dakota, is one of more than 30 ethanol facilities in five Midwestern states that have signed on to a project to store carbon dioxide underground in central North Dakota. Craig Bihrle / The Forum
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North Dakota has industries that produce a lot of carbon.


Natural gas.





But North Dakota's newest industry could be taking that carbon and putting it someplace where it can't harm the environment.

Wade Boeschans, a vice president with a company called Summit Carbon Solutions , joined this episode of Plain Talk to answer questions about one of the first, and biggest, projects of this burgeoning industry. The Midwest Carbon Express is a pipeline that will gather carbon emitted by ethanol plants across Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota, and bring them to a spot in North Dakota where it will be stored underground.

What are the challenges attendant to building such a project? Is it safe? Who will be responsible for all this stored carbon long-term? Wade answers those questions and more.

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Opinion by Rob Port
Rob Port is a news reporter, columnist, and podcast host for the Forum News Service. He has an extensive background in investigations and public records. He has covered political events in North Dakota and the upper Midwest for two decades. Reach him at Click here to subscribe to his Plain Talk podcast.
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