Over the past two years, Midwesterners have heard a growing debate around carbon capture, transportation, and storage projects. Are these projects safe for families, farmers, and businesses? Why are they needed now, and are they new? These are all fair questions, and as a Midwesterner myself, these are the questions I would also be asking.

While my career has spanned over three decades in the military, government, academic, and private sector, I had the privilege to lead the federal agency responsible for carbon dioxide pipelines. PHMSA, as it is known in Washington, stands for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. PHMSA is charged with ensuring the safe and secure transportation of anything hazardous by air, land, rail, sea, and via the nation’s 3.3 million miles of pipelines. They also run the “811 Call Before You Dig” program in partnership with many others to prevent damage to all underground infrastructure.

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