Navigator official talks CO2’s future

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — There’s a future for carbon dioxide pipelines in the Midwest, said Elizabeth Burns-Thompson of Navigator’s Heartland Greenway Project.

“Do I think it happens this year? I don’t believe so,” Burns-Thompson said. “I do think the infrastructure will get developed at some point down the road. Is this the time in which society is ready for it? I don’t know that society is ready for it.”

Navigator is one of the CO2 pipeline players in the Midwest that has dropped out of the picture. On Oct. 20 Navigator announced that it was canceling its proposed 1,300-mile project. It cited “the unpredictable nature of the regulatory and government processes involved, particularly in South Dakota and Iowa,” in its release. Summit Carbon Solutions’ proposed project is still in the process after it said it would re-apply for permit after the PUC denied the first application in September.