I’ve heard from many of you about your experiences with CO2 pipeline negotiations. This week, we passed a bill through the State Government committtee to provide some protections for landowners during these negotiations.
Our bill says that no pipeline company can use or seek eminent domain through March 1, 2023. At this time, the legislature will be back in session and prepared to take further action if necessary. Our goal is to protect the property rights of all Iowans, those who want to do business with pipelines and those that don’t.
I think this compromise is the best way forward because it allows negotiations to continue without government interference, but also without the threat of eminent domain being abused. The goal is not to stop any pipeline projects, but to ensure landowners and pipeline builders are negotiating on a level playing field.
As always, please reach out to me to share your thoughts and experiences on this matter. We are keeping a close eye on this situation, and your feedback is essential to ensuring we know how best to act going forward.