In our last blog, “We Don’t Care What the Stinking Pipeline Carries,” March 21, 2023, we reported on the Summit Pipeline which would carry millions of tons of carbon dioxide from ethanol plants to be injected into underground rock formations. The 2,000-mile pipeline would carry carbon dioxide across five states to underground storage in North Dakota.
There has been a lot of opposition to the project from property owners and other groups. Farmers have concerns about what the gas will do to the soil and water. Another concern is that liability insurance will not be issued. Volunteer fire departments are not prepared for this type of problem. They don’t have the equipment to handle it nor are they trained for a CO2 leak.
Several states have introduced legislation to ban the Summit Pipeline. Although no law has yet to be adopted. It is an issue to be watched.