Watch this rupture test of a CO2 pipeline to see how extensive the plume scan spread.
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CAHGP Membership Agreement August 2022
The Gassing of Satartia
ADM / Wolf Carbon Solution Proposed CO2 Pipeline through Illinois
Welcome to the 45Q Tax Credit Piggie Farm
Eight Reasons to Oppose CO2 Pipelines
PHMSA Announces New Safety Measures for CO2 Pipelines
PHMSA Investigative Report, Denbury CO2 Pipeline Failure
CO2 Pipelines - Dangerous and Under-Regulated
Denbury Greencore CO2 Pipeline Public Safety Brochure
CO2, Normal Physiology;Hazards and Risks
Navitator's Economic Benefits, Illinois Infographic
An Economist Breaks Down The Costs of Carbon Pipelines In Iowa
Opinion: Beware of exaggerated 'benefits' of carbon pipelines
Agricultural Impact Mitigation Agreement
Carbon Dioxide Transportation and Sequestration Act
U of I Study and Task Force, Carbon Capture and Sequestration
Carbon Dioxide Storage Act (not passed)
Model Ordinances / Resolutions
County Resolution to Protect Residents and First Responders
County Resolution - Level of Cultivation
County Ordinance - Routing and Mitigation, South Dakota
County Ordinance - Emergency Planning and Route Safety
County Ordinance - Land Restoration and Damage Assessment
County Ordinance - Drainage District Protection
NOTE: EJC has created a separate website for this campaign. Visit noillinoisco2pipelines.org for more information.
About Navigator's Pipeline
Navigator CO2 Ventures
Navigator CO₂ Ventures, LLC is a Texas-based midstream infrastructure company focused on providing industrial customers in the Midwest with innovative carbon capture and storage solutions. It is a company developed and managed by the Navigator Energy Services (Navigator) management team. Navigator CO2 Venture's website says it is doing its part to address climate change, while Navigator Energy Services boasts that it is the largest crude oil midstream provider in the Anadarko Basin.
Navigator has partnered with Tenaska, a private energy company in the U.S. that, in 2011, attempted to build a coal gasification plant with carbon sequestration in Christian County. That project was canceled in 2014 due to costs. Other partners include:
- Advanced Resources International Inc., an industry leading consulting and development firm in the carbon storage, unconventional resources, and enhanced oil recovery space; and
- Chabina Energy Partners, the leading strategic advisor dedicated to advancing renewable fuels and related decarbonization activity (CCUS) across the transportation, manufacturing, and energy sectors.
Dubbed the Heartland Greenway, Navigator's proposed 1,300-mile-long CO2 pipeline will serve 20 or more ethanol and fertilizer plants, and transport 15 million tons of CO2 annually across South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois to a pre-determined location in Christian County, where they say it will be stored a mile or more underground.
It's Really Just Greenwashing
While carbon capture, transport, and sequestration is called a "climate solution", in reality it is the only proposed solution that allows the continued use of fossil fuels at the taxpayer's expense, and it is fraught with problems. Capturing and transporting CO2 from ethanol and fertilizer plants:
- Requires additional coal or gas power to run the equipment that captures the CO2 and converts it to a supercritical state required for transport. This often requires the construction of new plants.
- Does not include the capture of CO2 from operations that either power the production of these products or from facilities that capture the CO2.
- Requires fossil fuel energy to extract the natural resources for pipeline manufacturing, as well as the manufacture, transport, and placement of pipelines into the ground.
- Uses fossil fuel energy for transporting the high-pressure, liquid CO2 across hundreds of miles, and then injecting it into the ground.
- Is being heavily subsidized by the federal government through tax incentives made possible by Section 45Q of the U.S. tax code. In other words, there is a lot of money to be made for companies like Navigator CO2 Ventures.
- Is dangerous and under-regulated by the federal government, and can result in loss of life in the event of a pipeline rupture.
- Requires carbon capture and storage, a technology that is not yet proven at the scale proposed.
Some studies show that this process actually increases the release of CO2 into the atmosphere, due to the large amount of energy required to power carbon capture and the life cycle of fossil fuels.
During public meetings, Navigator also claimed they could divert some of this CO2 for use in enhanced oil recovery, the process of pumping CO2 into dwindling oil fields to get the last bit of oil out of the ground. That plan would prolong the use of fossil fuels and increase emissions.
Who Will be Affected?
As planned ,Navigator's proposed pipeline will pass through 13 Illinois counties, including Hancock, Adams, McDonough, Henry, Knox, Fulton, Schuyler, Brown, Pike, Scott, Morgan, Sangamon, and Christian. Two of these counties (Henry and Knox) will also be affected by ADM / Wolf Carbon Solution's proposed CO2 pipeline.
It will pass by numerous communities, exposing them to unprecedented safety concerns, described in the left side bar. In addition to safety concerns, impacts to residents could include reduced property values. The pipeline will require easements across private property. Impacts to farmers will include limits on how their property can be used; reduced crop yields; soil compaction from heavy equipment; and broken drainage tiles associated with construction.