IUB Announces Partial Procedural Process for Summit Pipeline Project

by Brian Wilson
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–The Iowa Utilities Board issued an order on Friday, establishing a partial procedural schedule for Summit Carbon Solution’s proposed carbon capture hazardous liquid pipeline project. The partial schedule includes status conferences in June and July to explore options to expand access for public participation in the case.

According to a release from the IUB, their actions are focused on assisting landowners affected by the proposed pipeline and facilitating a more efficient hearing on logistics. The board has not set the dates for public evidentiary hearings at this time.

Due to the number of landowners impacted by the proposed pipeline, the IUB will ask those involved to discuss the following topics during the status conference on June 6:

–the use of impartial, third-party mediators to assist landowners, if they desire, with the easement process.

–the use of presiding officers to receive testimony and evidence from landowners subject to eminent domain and Summit Carbon as it relates to the landowners’ parcel.

–the establishment of satellite locations allowing for remote participation in or for viewing of the public hearing as required by Iowa code, from locations closer to the homes and businesses of affected individuals.

The June 6th status conference will begin immediately following the IUB’s monthly meeting, which will begin at 9AM that day. The second status conference will be held immediately following the board’s meeting on July 10th.

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