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CARBON CAPTURE

Iowa-based Summit Carbon Solutions says its $4.5 billion pipeline project will help ethanol plants lower their carbon score. The project aims to capture greenhouse gas emissions and pipe the CO2 to western North Dakota for underground storage. But a lawyer is trying to keep Summit off the land owned by his clients.
This ruling "increases the odds that you're going to see carbon capture on some of our projects," says Jason Bohrer, president of the North Dakota Lignite Energy Council.
Terracoh will build a pilot project in western North Dakota to demonstrate its technology for combining captured carbon dioxide and geothermal energy. The technology was developed at the University of Minnesota.
"The easiest way to stop the carbon buildup is to quit burning fossil fuels, move to efficiency, green building and renewables. ... Instead of the common sense approach, there’s an even more crazy idea now, an awfully expensive set of experimental technologies .."

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The decision means carbon pipeline companies must file for a siting permit with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Without statewide authority, permitting would have been left up to individual counties along the pipeline route.
Summit Carbon Solutions is proposing to build the world's largest carbon capture and sequestration project. Ethanol plants in Atwater and Granite Falls, Minnesota, are part of the project.
Portrait of PegFurshong, Clean Up the River Environment operations and director of programs
Environmental group urges west-central Minnesota counties to take hard look at proposed carbon pipeline
The Montevideo-based nonprofit Clean Up the River Environment told the Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners its concerns about risks associated with what would be a first-of-its-kind project by Summit Carbon Solutions. The $4.5 billion project would build a five-state, 2,000-mile pipeline network — with about 200 miles in Minnesota — to transport carbon dioxide from ethanol plants for sequestration in North Dakota.
Kurt Swenson, a landowner in negotiations with Summit Carbon Solutions, and Daryl Lies, the president of the North Dakota Farm Bureau, joined this episode of Plain Talk to talk about what landowners want from the Midwest Carbon Express pipeline.
Summit Carbon Solutions has hosted six open house meetings in Minnesota for landowners along the proposed route of a pipeline to carry carbon dioxide. The No. 1 message from those meetings has been concern about drain tiles, company officials told the Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners.
North Dakota already has tens of thousands of miles of pipelines carrying water, oil, and gas. The state even has a carbon pipeline that's already been operating for more than 20 years. Is the fighting over the new Midwest Pipeline Solution about the pipeline itself, or the divides in the NDGOP?

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The links between Summit's leadership and public officials in Iowa, which would host the largest share of Summit's proposed Midwest Carbon Express project, have raised worries among ethics watchdogs and environmental groups.
Some North Dakota counties have passed resolutions against using eminent domain for right-of-way for a carbon capture pipeline. Iowa-based Summit Carbon Solutions is behind a $4.5 billion project that covers five states.
Tharaldson Ethanol at Casselton, North Dakota, is one of 31 ethanol plants that would connect to a planned carbon capture pipeline. Iowa-based Summit Carbon Solutions is behind the $4.5 billion project.

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