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Iowa Senators Scuttle Moratorium Related to Carbon Pipelines

Carbon dioxide pipeline from the WA Parish Power Plant in Fort Bend County. Photo by Marie D. De Jesus.

DES MOINES, IA (Radio Iowa) Senators are scrapping a moratorium that would have prevented developers from seeking eminent domain authority to seize property for carbon pipelines before next February. The Iowa House attached the plan to a budget bill in March. Late yesterday (Wednesday), Republicans on the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a similar budget bill, but there was no reference to the carbon pipelines in the bill and lawmakers on the committee didn’t mention it.

“Senate Study Bill 3163 is an agreement between the House and the Senate on our path to adjournment. This is not one that will likely be amended from this point on.” Republican Senator Dennis Guth of Klemme said in early April that the temporary moratorium was meaningless. Guth says he’s been assured by the Iowa Utilities Board that it’s be after February when the process of seeking eminent domain to seize land along pipeline routes can start.

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