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Board hears update on proposed pipeline

At Tuesday’s meeting, Cottonwood County Commissioners heard an update on a proposed pipeline for liquid carbon dioxide that could cross the county.

Joe Caruso of Summit Carbon Solutions noted the pipeline is designed to help the ethanol industry extend its market share by helping produce a lower-carbon fuel.

Carbon dioxide emissions from ethanol plants would be captured and converted to a liquid, then transported by pressurized underground pipeline to a permanent unit near Beulah, N.D.

Caruso added that the company does not have eminent domain rights in Minnesota, but the company has obtained about 60% of necessary easements in the state and 70% overall.

The first portion of the pipeline, connecting a plant in Fergus Falls to the storage reservoir, is scheduled to start construction in 2024.

Commissioners have not expressed support for the project yet due to the fact an environmental study has not yet been completed.

More from Tuesday’s meeting appears in the May 3 print and e-editions of the Citizen.

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