A carbon capture pipeline is changing its proposed route through the Delaware County area.
Navigator’s Heartland Greenway project originally planned to come through the southern and eastern portions of Linn County and southeastern Delaware County, reaching up to the ethanol plant on the western edge of Dyersville. The pipeline’s route is now proposed to run from the Dyersville ethanol plant west through Delaware County, just north of Earlville and Manchester into northern Buchanan County south of Lamont, Aurora and Hazleton and into the far southwest corner of Fayette County.
You can find the proposed route maps through the affected area counties below. Navigator CO2 Ventures Vice President of Government and Public Affairs Elizabeth Burns-Thompson says the Heartland Greenway project is a “somewhat first-of-its-kind carbon management platform”.
Last December, a meeting was held in Manchester to inform affected landowners and the public about the project. Over a hundred people attended that two-hour meeting, which got a little heated at times, with a number of landowners sharing their concerns and asking questions. Burns-Thompson says now that the proposed route has changed, anyone who is on the newly identified footprint will see a similar process to what those on the initial footprint saw.
She says with a robust project comes a robust timeline – they’re hoping to get started in a year and a half.
An informational meeting about the Heartland Greenway project will be coming up in Manchester on Monday, August 22nd at noon at The Gathering Place. Other meetings include Monday, August 22nd at 6 pm at Heartland Acres Agribition Center in Independence and Tuesday, August 23rd at noon at The Coliseum in Oelwein.
A virtual meeting will also take place for anyone who can’t attend in person on Wednesday, September 21st at 6 pm at https://iub.iowa.gov/board-activity/hearing-and-meeting-calendar.