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The best New Year’s resolution you can make for your family and yourself is to get back on track with your healthcare. Obviously, with the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, it critical that everyone get vaccinated and that eligible people get the booster as soon as possible.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of your visits to your doctor’s office for routine preventive care, including cancer screenings, have been delayed. You know this may have serious consequences for undetected medical issues down the road. Get some peace of mind about your health! The sooner conditions are caught, the better for your long-term health.
There is no substitute for a visit with your physician. Your doctor’s office is safe and ready to provide the screenings and protective vaccines that you need. Start 2022 off right! Call your doctor today for a visit.
Regan Thomas, MD, President Illinois State Medical Society
A new kind of pipeline for our state concerns the Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance (CIHCA). Beginning in January, a Texas venture capital company will hold meetings about a liquified carbon dioxide (CO2) pipeline crossing thirteen counties. CIHCA sees liquified CO2 pipelines as major public health and safety concerns.
A CO2 pipeline explosion in February, 2020, spread a gas cloud over Sartartia, Mississippi, sickening people across the town. CO2 is an asphyxiant and displaces oxygen. In too high quantities it can cause unconsciousness or death. Lesser amounts can cause convulsions, disorientation, foaming at the mouth, nausea, vomiting, and other health problems.
In the Sartartia incident, some individuals could not escape the gas cloud because their vehicles could not start due to the displacement of oxygen by the leaking CO2 mixture. Gasoline and diesel vehicles need oxygen to operate and will not run with high levels of CO2 in the air.
Navigator CO2 Ventures, LLC, has announced it plans to pipe CO2 from South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Iowa, ending in Illinois. Thirteen Illinois counties will be impacted: Hancock, Adams, McDonough, Henry, Knox, Fulton, Schuyler, Brown, Pike, Scott, Morgan, Sangamon, and Christian. Given the risks posed by CO2 pipelines as well as the probability that such pipelines will extend the useful life of fossil fuels in electricity generation and various industrial processes, it is important people learn more about what is being planned. A major question is if the company is considering eminent domain.
The CO2 pipeline will stop at a yet-to-be announced carbon sequestration site in central Illinois, where the company intends to inject the CO2 deep into the state’s Mt. Simon sandstone formation. Tenaska and Advanced Resources International, Inc., are working on the carbon sequestration location details, according to a Navigator press release.
CIHCA sees a better investment in more renewable energy and energy efficiency, instead of spending millions to build pipelines moving liquid CO2. The organization is especially concerned about any routes through residential areas due to pipeline hazards..
Navigator will hold a virtual meeting on January 14th, 2022. Registration appears to be limited to landowners only and is at the Navigator Heartland Greenway LLC website. Directions are to click on your state at https://heartlandgreenway.com/landowners/
A series of informational meetings will be held in several counties beginning January 11th, 2022. As of December, the full listing of Navigator meetings is as follows:
• Tuesday, January 11th at 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Knoxville American Legion, 749 Henderson Rd., Knoxville, IL 61448, about Henry and Knox Counties
• Tuesday, January 11th at 6-7:30 p.m. at the Spoon River Outreach Center, 2500 East Jackson, Macomb, IL 61455, about Fulton and McDonough Counties
• Wednesday, January 12th at 10-11:30 a..m. at the University of Illinois Extension Center, 550 N. Madison, Carthage, IL 62321, about Hancock County
• Wednesday, January 12th at 6–7:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, Rt. 24 West, Mr. Sterling, IL 62355, about Brown, Schuyler, and Adams Counties
• Thursday, January 13th at 10-11:30 a.m. at Hamilton’s, 110 N. East St.., Jacksonville, IL 62650, about for Pike, Scott, and Morgan Counties
• Thursday, January 13th from 6-7:30 p.m. at Edgewood Gold Club, 16497 Kennedy Rd., Auburn, IL 62615, about for Sangamon and Christian counties
Please attend and ask questions about safety, construction, materials used, what routes impact residential areas, local impacts to the environment, accident response, inspection frequency, and other issues of concern to you. It is hoped interested community members who do not own land in the pipeline path can attend the meetings, but Navigator controls who attends and who is allowed to speak.
Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance is a coalition of individuals and organizations committed to creating a sustainable and healthy community for Central Illinois. CIHCA is concerned about air and water pollution and is working to transition Central Illinois to a clean energy economy. We urge transparency and open information regarding new projects, such as the Navigator Heartland Greenway, LLC, CO2 pipeline and carbon sequestration.
Joyce Blumenshine, Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance, Peoria