Carbon capture pipeline surveyor says Iowa trespassing charge out of bounds

There is no evidence a carbon dioxide pipeline surveyor accused of trespassing knew that he was not welcome to do the work on a Dickinson County farm, and the criminal charge

against him should be dismissed, his attorney said this week. A district court judge is poised to decide whether the trespassing charge against Stephen James

Larsen, 28, of Arlington, South Dakota, should proceed to trial. Alan Ostergren, a Des Moines attorney who represents Larsen, has requested that the case be

dismissed. Larsen’s trial was delayed while District Associate Judge Shawna Ditsworth considers the request. In the lead-up to the 2020 election, all eyes are on Iowa. Get

updates of all things Iowa politics delivered to your inbox. Larsen was part of a crew that went to the northwest Iowa farm in August. The group was working for

Summit Carbon Solutions, which plans to build a 680-mile network of pipe in the northwestern half of Iowa to transport captured carbon dioxide from ethanol plants.

The surveys are necessary to determine the path and depth of pipelines, and state law grants them access after pipeline companies meet several requirements to notify landowners

of the projects and surveys. The surveys by Summit and Navigator CO2 Ventures are also the subject of a handful of civil lawsuits the companies have filed

against landowners. Those suits seek injunctions to force the surveys, potentially with the help of law enforcement officers. More:Iowa couple locked in legal

battle to stop company from surveying their farm for carbon capture pipeline