Des Moines, Iowa — A House committee has approved a bill to require that developers get permits from every other state other along proposed carbon pipeline routes before construction could begin here.
Representative Steven Holt, a Republican from Denison, is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
The bill was approved Tuesday night by Holt’s committee. It outlines how farmers could file claims if tile lines are damaged or the topsoil from cropland displaced by the pipelines isn’t restored. The bill also would require voluntary participation from property owners along 90 percent of the route before state regulators could grant the pipeline companies authority to seize the rest of the land.
Pipeline developers and the renewable fuels industry oppose the bill. Representative Bobby Kaufmann, a Republican from Wilton who voted for the bill, says private property rights are worth protecting.
During Tuesday night’s committee meeting, Representatives Megan Jones of Sioux Rapids and Megan Srinivas of Des Moines announced they would not vote on this or any other bills dealing with the pipelines. Both said their families may have a financial stake in the pipelines since the routes pass through their land and the companies offer compensation for those easements.