Pipeline would be a bad move for the region

A Texas-based company has proposed building a 1,300-mile pipeline that will capture carbon dioxide from ethanol and fertilizer plants and transport the CO2 through South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois. The CO2 will then be injected underground into our own central Illinois backyards.

If that sounds like the plans of a cartoon villain, you’re not far off.

Navigator CO2 Ventures plans to use federal tax funds earmarked for “green energy carbon sequestration reduction” to transport CO2 through pipelines spanning 13 counties in Illinois. Allowing companies like Navigator to take over our lands and use them as a dumping ground for a new carbon capture project is bad business and potentially deadly. The liquefied CO2 is transported in steel pipes under extreme pressure. If a pipeline ruptures, the CO2 evaporates into a rapidly expanding gas that is heavier than air, easily displacing oxygen.

That nightmare came true for the community of Satartia, Mississippi, when a pipeline ruptured there in 2020. A firefighter who rescued three victims affected by the ruptured pipeline said they were “foaming at the mouth ‘ and ‘acted like zombies’. How can we consciously allow a toxic vein to take hold in the heart of our country and call it “green”?

Allowing construction of the Navigator CO2 Pipeline will set the precedent for another century of bad business for central Illinois and beyond. Sangamon, Christian, Morgan, Hancock, Adams, McDonough, Henry, Knox, Fulton, Schuyler, Brown, Pike and Scott counties are all directly affected by the Illinois portion of the proposed pipeline.

We must demand that local, state and federal authorities stop this pipeline in its tracks.

Please join our coalition in saying this is not what our country or our community wants. For more information, please visit noillinisco2pipelines.org/

Nick Dodson


Nick Dodson is affiliated with the Sangamon Valley Sierra Club and the Sangamon Stop the CO2 Pipeline.

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