Summit Carbon Solutions Commitment to Safety:
From carbon capture technology to the pipeline system to the sequestration site, the Summit Carbon Solutions project is utilizing long-standing, proven, and reliable technologies that are safe for landowners and the communities where our project is proposed to be located. Although our project is designed to sequester carbon dioxide rather than energy recovery, it will operate in a similar way to the more than 5,000 miles of CO2 pipelines that are in active use across the United States.
Protecting Drain Tile:
Summit Carbon Solutions, and Ellingson as their primary drain tile vendor, will be responsible for any and all drain tile repairs resulting from the construction throughout the entire life of the project. That means the company will pay the entirety of these repairs after construction and at any point while the system is operating. The key point is that the costs associated with this work will not ever be the responsibility of the landowner.
Constructing a Safe Pipeline System:
From surveying land to protecting subsoil and topsoil to X-raying the welds, Summit Carbon Solutions meets and exceeds all federal, state, and local requirements to build a pipeline system that is safe for landowners and the communities where we operate. More than 5,000 miles of CO2 pipelines are active already in the United States and there have been no fatalities associated with these systems over the past 20 years.
Geologic Studies Identify the Safest Locations for Permanent CO2 Storage:
Summit Carbon Solutions will initiate a number of tests to determine the best and safest locations to permanently storage captured carbon dioxide. A critical step in determining whether the potential storage zones are suitable for this type of permanent CO2 storage is drilling three test holes more than two miles deep to collect data, fluids, and rock samples. Information collected from this activity will be added to results from other geologic investigations and existing information to help scientists verify that the deep rock layers underlying the study area will safely and permanently store CO2. Permits from state and county officials are needed to perform the test.
Geophysical Surveys Identify Safe Locations for Permanent CO2 Storage:
In late 2021, Summit Carbon Solutions conducted geophysical surveys to collect information about rock layers in the deep subsurface. This data gathering is an essential part of investing the feasibility of developing safe, permanent, commercial-scale geologic storage for CO2. The geologic information collected will be assessed by engineers and scientists to help determine the potential for CO2 storage in the project areas.
Protecting Environmentally and Culturally Sensitive Areas:
Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) is an environmental solution to installing infrastructure such as water lines, sewer lines, communication lines, and pipelines. HDD is utilized is utilized in environmentally and culturally sensitive areas, and when this technique is employed there is minimal impact on these areas, plus roadways, rail roads, and more.