Summit Carbon Solutions alleged earlier this week that Hancock County was at 52 percent of easement acquisition miles sought to build a proposed pipeline which would move carbon dioxide emissions to North Dakota for underground storage. Summit Carbon Solutions spokesman Derek Montgomery presented his calculations to the Hancock County Board of Supervisors.
Summit Carbon Solutions alleged percent was reported in the Globe Gazette earlier this week. However, further research by KIOW, through filings with the Iowa Utilities Board, Hancock County Supervisors, the County Engineer, concerned landowners, and an environmental organization called the Sierra Club, purportedly affirms this milestone has been exaggerated.
According to the latest Exhibit H overview map filed with the Iowa Utilities Board on September 15, 2022 (HLP 2021-0001), there were 81 parcels that have refused to sign and could face eminent domain if granted by the IUB.
Hancock County Engineer Jeremy Purvis reports there are a total of 146 parcels being sought in the county accumulating to nearly 34 miles of easements. Only 15.25 of those miles have allegedly been acquired by Summit Carbon Solutions, according to Purvis, which is not quite 45 percent of the total miles. As of the last filing, there is 18.55 miles reportedly left for them to acquire.
KIOW will follow up on this story with more details as they become available.