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Navigator withdraws pipeline application in Illinois

Navigator drew a full house for a meeting in Macomb to explain the project in Jan. 2022.
Rich Egger
Navigator drew a full house for a meeting in Macomb to explain the project in Jan. 2022.

Navigator Heartland Greenway has withdrawn the carbon capture pipeline application it filed with the Illinois Commerce Commission.

The ICC was scheduled to hold evidentiary hearings on the project later this month in Springfield.

But the company on Tuesday filed a motion to withdraw its application, saying it “has elected to reassess the route and other aspects” of the project. The company said it could reinitiate the permitting process “if appropriate” when its evaluation is complete.

Navigator also recently asked to pause the application it filed with regulators in Iowa.

And the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission last month rejected the permit application the company filed in that state.

The company had proposed capturing CO2 emissions from biofuels plants in five states – Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Minnesota – liquifying it, and pumping it to an underground storage site in central Illinois.

Landowners have pushed back against the project.

Steve Hess, a McDonough County farmer and a member of Citizens Against Heartland Greenway Pipeline, called for a temporary moratorium on CO2 pipelines until the federal and state governments can develop regulations.

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Rich is TSPR's News Director.