Iowa - Office of the Government

Climate Investigations Center filed this request with the Office of the Governor - Iowa of Iowa.
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From: Climate Investigations Center

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Iowa Open Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

I request copies of all communications, reports, notes, and discussions pertaining to the safety of carbon dioxide (CO2) pipelines that have been built or will be built within Iowa as part of a national carbon capture and storage (CCS) plan being developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and it’s Carbon Capture Program.

Specifically, I request all copies of any notes, communications, and/or discussions between the Iowa's Governor's Office and any state or federal agency regarding CO2 transport and CO2 pipelines related to CCS. The agencies in question include, but are not limited to the agencies listed below:

• Interagency Task Force on Carbon Capture and Storage
• Department of Energy: Office of Fossil Energy, Carbon Storage Program
• Department of Interior: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
• Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC)
• Department of Transportation (DOT)
• Environmental Protection Agency
• Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC)

I also request copies of any notes, communications, discussions including but not limited to the following topic areas:

Routing and Risks
• Any specific CO2 pipeline routes discussed within Iowa
• Consideration of potential risks to communities or environmental justice concerns during route planning process
• Risk of leaks from CO2 pipelines
• Pipeline construction specifications - diameter, pressure, capacity of pipelines to be built
• Experiments or modeling of CO2 pipeline accidents
• Warning systems for nearby communities
• Specialized CO2 training for first responders
• Information and/or training for health care staff in treatment of hypercapnia (CO2 poisoning)

The time frame for this request is 2003 to the present.

Climate Investigations Center (CIC) requests these records so that communities may have adequate information in order to protect themselves from the hazards posed by CO2 pipelines. The state’s Public Records/Open Records/FOIA law is designed to ensure transparency and for that reason, agencies are to liberally interpret the law in favor of disclosure and to process records in a timely manner.

Disclosure of these records, especially for proposed pipelines, cannot reasonably present a danger to public safety and instead would provide a powerful tool for community input prior to construction. Additionally, to the extent your search results contain information that is legally exempt from disclosure, non-exempt material must be separated from those records to the extent feasible and provided in response to this request.

Because CIC requests this information for the public benefit and has no commercial interest in the material, I also request a waiver of fees. Should you decide to charge fees for providing copies of records in response to my request, please notify me. If practicable, provide copies of records in their native format. I also request that you provide records in electronic form. Please reach out to me with any questions or issues regarding this request.

Thank you for your assistance.

Daniel Zegart
Senior Investigator
Climate Investigations Center


Kert Davies
Climate Investigations Center

From: Office of the Governor - Iowa

Mr. Zegart,

Thank you for contacting the Governor’s Office. It is our understanding you are seeking all communications, reports and notes between our office and any state or federal agency regarding CO2 transport and CO2 pipelines related to carbon capture and storage.

To locate potentially responsive email communications, we must provide our technology office with particular search terms, email addresses, email domains, and/or date ranges. Please provide this type of search criteria so that we may attempt to locate records that are responsive to your requests for information. Depending on the volume of potentially responsive emails that are returned, I can provide you a cost estimate for our office’s time to review those emails and determine whether they are responsive to your request.

Our office is in possession of records from May 24, 2017 through the present. For records of prior administrations, you may wish to contact the State Archives at<>.  Further information about the State Archives is available online here<>.

From: Office of the Governor - Iowa

Mr. Zegart,

I am emailing to follow up on the below email regarding your request and inquiring about parameters for the email search. If I do not receive a response from you within 30 days, we will consider the matter abandoned and close the case. Thank you!

From: Office of the Governor - Iowa

Mr. Zegart,

As it has been over 30 days without any further clarification from you, please see attached a closure letter.

Thank you,
Angela Stuedemann