CO2 Pipelines

Sierra Club: Carbon Dioxide Pipelines

  Carbon Solutions, aka Bruce Rastetter's CO2 Pipeline
  CCS is a false solution in this instance because: 
  o It does not address other emissions or forms of pollution
  from fossil fuel extraction and industrial agriculture
  o It will allow for the extension of fossil fuel extraction
  through enhanced oil recovery
  o Fails to acknowledge CO2 is incredibly dangerous and a
  pipeline leak or break could poison surrounding communities
  and first responders
  Navigator CO2 Pipeline.  The Navigator pipeline connects
  ethanol and fertilizer plants in Iowa to a pipeline that
  leads to Illinois where the CO2 will be used for Enhanced
  Oil Recovery or for storage underground.

  CCS is a false solution in this instance because:

  o It will extend the life of polluting ethanol industry and
  industrial agriculture practices that have contributed to
  our climate crisis, water pollution and more.

  o CCS continues business as usual and delays investment in
  REAL climate solutions 

Carbon Dioxide Pipelines: Dangerous and Under-Regulated o Pipeline companies have started proposing massive CO2 pipeline mileage throughout the Midwest and Gulf Coast regions in the interest of Carbon Capture and Sequestration. o The buildout, incentivized by the 45Q tax credit expanded in the recent bipartisan infrastructure bill, has a major problem; CO2 pipelines pose significant safety hazards and are terribly under-regulated. o CO2 is an asphyxiant that's heavier than air, and it can travel large distances at lethal concentrations from the pipeline after a rupture. o CO2 pipelines are susceptible to ductile fractures, which can, like a zipper, open up and run down a significant length of the pipe, they can release immense amounts of CO2, hurl large sections of pipe, expel pipe shrapnel, and generate enormous craters. o Water, notoriously difficult to eliminate from CO2 pipelines, allows the formation of carbonic acid in the pipeline which has a ferocious appetite for carbon steel. o The current CO2 pipeline regulations do not sufficiently address any of the three above risks. o The U.S. Department's pipeline safety agency PHMSA (Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration) regulations have terrifyingly large gaps on carbon dioxide pipelines including having

Opinion: Reject the carbon pipelines, which are not supported by science or ethics 1. Complete capture of CO2 during ethanol production would have very minor effects on U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. 2. The amount of CO2 captured during ethanol production would be a tiny fraction of what would be emitted out of vehicle tailpipes. 3. Eminent domain used to build CO2 pipelines in Iowa would force farmers and landowners to allow degradation of their fields and forests for very little public benefit. 4. Allowing profits to accrue to private pipeliners using eminent domain would be a corruption of the ideal of private sacrifice for public good and should be prevented.