SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (WAND) – Navigator Heartland Greenway LLC filed a motion with the ICC on Friday to voluntarily withdraw its application for a certificate of title to build a CO2 pipeline through 13 counties in Illinois. bottom.
According to the Coalition to Stop CO2 Pipelines, during the initial application, the navigator was unable to secure the necessary easements for the quarantine site, resulting in an incomplete application.
Some farmers have expressed concerns about the potential installation of pipelines.
The navigator withdrew the application but said it plans to resubmit a new application next month to add another lateral route and expand the project.
Pam Richardt, co-founder of the Coalition to Stop CO2 Pipelines and co-director of the Eco-Justice Collaborative, said: “Without obtaining an isolation site, there would have been no way to analyze the proposed pipeline route and its potential impact on the safety of farmers, landowners, and the public,” said a senior Illinois Commission of Commerce official. , about two months ago the committee recommended rejecting the project for that reason.”
Including Citizens Against the Hartland Greenway Pipeline (CAHGP), Illinois Department of Agriculture, Sangamon, Knox, McDonagh, Christian, and Hancock counties after Navigator first filed in July 2022 Several organizations have all submitted motions to intervene.
Christian County leaders and environmentalists shared concerns about the proposed CO2 pipeline.
In December, CAHGP and county intervenors submitted a memorandum of understanding, at least for PHMSA to update CO2 regulations, for navigators to take ownership of carbon sequestration areas, and for navigators to have sufficient information about the route and its impact on property values. argued that the navigator’s petition should be dismissed until it provides .
PHMSA is also conducting a rulemaking process to improve safety and monitoring of CO2 pipelines, which it hopes to complete by October 2024.
PHMSA began the rulemaking process after investigating a CO2 pipeline rupture near Satasha, Mississippi.
During the investigation, PHMSA found that a plume of CO2 that traveled 1.25 miles erupted, evacuating 200 people and transporting 46 to hospital, including first responders.
“The Navigator is clearly scrambling to find an isolation site for the proposed carbon dioxide pipeline,” said Montgomery County landowner and organizer Sabrina Hamlin-Jones. Christian County sequestration failed to take ownership after farmers, landowners, and environmental advocates spent months discussing the dangers of CO2 pipelines and carbon sequestration with neighbors and communities. There are many Navigators now have their sights set on Montgomery County and they want us to accept their projects. , will continue to oppose the Navigator’s project to protect our property rights and keep our residents, land and water safe.
“My farm has been my family’s for over 105 years. No one can take our land without a fight,” said an Illinois farmer and opponent of the Hartland Greenway Pipeline. Citizens Representative John Feltham said. “So far, we have managed to thwart the navigators’ attempts to build this dangerous pipeline. We have only secured 6% of the easement, the navigator is due to return, and we are asking landowners along the route to visit noillinoisco2pipelines.org to continue to decline negotiations and secure the Hartland Greenway Pipe. I urge you to join the Citizens Against the Line: Your participation in the CAHGP will provide the financial support needed to intervene once again with the Illinois Commerce Commission so that this pipeline can help people like me. It will help ensure that the health and safety of the farms and those living along the proposed routes are not endangered.”
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