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Community members express concerns over pipeline plans

Wolf Carbon Solutions

A carbon dioxide pipeline project that would run through Rock Island County led to safety and eminent domain concerns among residents last year.

In response, Wolf Carbon Solutions withdrew its application from the Illinois Commerce Commission. It said it would review the project and refile early this year.

The original proposal ran from Linn County, Iowa to Macon County, Illinois

Tomorrow, members of the Coalition to Stop CO2 Pipelines will meet with residents to talk about what the project might mean for the communities involved.

Bill Davies, a coalition volunteer says the pipeline project, Mt. Simon Hub, could be more dangerous than an oil or methane pipeline. That’s because the highly pressurized carbon might make it more likely to rupture.

“Should there ever be a leak of these pipelines, the CO2 cloud that will be emitted is heavier than air and would spread over the landscape. It would displace all the oxygen and people and animals and livestock would start losing their ability to breathe. And first responder’s vehicles would not work. ”

Davies says another concern people have is that their land will be used for the pipeline, even if they don’t agree to it. Under the Fifth Amendment, the government has the power to take property for public use projects.

“Right now the pipeline could gain the right to come in to the property and put in the pipeline by the use of eminent domain, if the landowners do not agree to allow that to happen.”

The meeting will begin at 6 pm Wednesday at the River Valley District Library in Port Byron.

Wolf Carbon Solutions did not immediately respond to WVIK’s request for comment.