Plain Talk: Is carbon capture North Dakota’s next big industry?

North Dakota has industries that produce a lot of carbon.

Oil.

Natural gas.

Coal.

Agriculture.

Ethanol.

But North Dakota’s newest industry could be taking that carbon and putting it someplace where it can’t harm the environment.

Wade Boeschans, a vice president with a company called Summit Carbon Solutions, joined this episode of Plain Talk to answer questions about one of the first, and biggest, projects of this burgeoning industry. The Midwest Carbon Express is a pipeline that will gather carbon emitted by ethanol plants across Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota, and bring them to a spot in North Dakota where it will be stored underground.

What are the challenges attendant to building such a project? Is it safe? Who will be responsible for all this stored carbon long-term? Wade answers those questions and more.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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