The Lee County Board of Supervisors sent a formal objection to the construction of a carbon dioxide pipeline as proposed by Navigator Heartland Greenway LLC to the Iowa Utilities Board on June 6, 2022.
The Iowa legislature failed to pass any legislation protecting landowners from the use of eminent domain to complete these pipeline projects.
“The Board has listened to its private citizens and landowners and we agree that the construction of the pipeline not only disrupts the agricultural economy of Lee County, but we are concerned with the safety of our citizens in the event some unfortunate incident should occur,” the letter states. “We respectfully request that the Iowa Utilities Board consider the principles set forth in Iowa Code 6A.21.
“Portions of this code clearly demonstrate the protection of agricultural lands from private development. Unlike natural gas pipelines or fuel pipelines, CO2 pipelines serve no public purpose. The precedent set by granting of eminent domain to projects like this would mean that eminent domain could be used for any number of projects for which it was never intended.”
The board formally asked the Iowa Utilities Board to deny any and all permits and/or eminent domain declarations against landowners in Lee County.