Minnesota regulators vote to proceed with environmental review of disputed carbon capture pipeline

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota regulators have voted to proceed with an environmental review for part of a proposed but disputed pipeline network that would carry planet-warming carbon dioxide from Midwest ethanol plants to a permanent storage site in North Dakota. 

Iowa-based Summit Carbon Solutions wants to build a $5.5 billion pipeline network across five states to connect more than 30 ethanol plants to the storage site. 

The project has run into resistance. North Dakota recently denied some key permits, though the company is appealing. 

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission decided Thursday to proceed with an environmental review of a 28-mile segment in western Minnesota.