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Counties and States Can Regulate Pipelines (May 23, 2022)

Mark Hefflinger, Bold Alliance (Photo: Bryon Houlgrave/Des Moines Register

By Mark Hefflinger

News, Videos May 9, 2022

Pipeline corporations tell county and state governments that they cannot touch pipelines, because the federal government’s PHMSA and FERC agencies have sole authority to put in place laws regarding pipelines — including with regard to fundamentally local issues like zoning and emergency response.

The reality is that there are many areas where a county government is vested with the full legal authority to put in place protections for the land and water in your communities. This webinar features a discussion about what counties can do to regulate pipelines, with a focus on the new proposed carbon dioxide pipelines in the Midwest and Gulf states.


  • Steven Feit, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
  • Bill Caram, Pipeline Safety Trust
  • Paul Blackburn, attorney, Bold Alliance
  • Sid Feickert, County Commissioner, McPherson County, South Dakota
  • Steve Kenkel, County Supervisor, Shelby County, Iowa
  • Jane Kleeb, Bold Alliance

Paul Blackburn’s slide presentation: 

2022-05-23 County Authority to Regulate Carbon Pipelines

Steven Feit’s slide presentation:

PFH Briefing CCS – 5_23_2022

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