South Dakota Regulators Shoot Down Green Pipeline Permit In Win For Rural Landowners

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South Dakota regulators voted unanimously Monday against granting a permit to a company building a carbon pipeline in the state, local outlet Dakota News Now reported.

The three commissioners of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (SDPUC) voted to deny Summit Carbon Solution’s permit application for the project, which has faced backlash from locals and landowners who would be impacted by its construction, according to Dakota News Now. The SDPUC’s decision follows its decision last week to deny a permit application filed by Navigator, a company seeking to build its own similar carbon capture and storage (CCS) pipeline in the state.

“It is my estimation after listening to the testimony today that Summit Carbon cannot demonstrate at this time or in the near future that they have the ability to route the pipeline as proposed,” SDPUC Commissioner Josh Haeder said, according to the Argus Leader. “Without … preemption, you’ve made crystal clear in your prefiled testimony that various county ordinances make this an impossible project at this time.” (RELATED: Iowa GOP Reps Lobbied For Green Tax Credits That Benefit A ‘Megadonor’ Supporting Their Campaigns)

The company has filed more than 80 eminent domain lawsuits against South Dakota farmers and landowners in order to secure the land needed to build the project, according to the Mitchell Republic. Locals who have struggled with the company over land rights overwhelmingly tend to oppose the pipeline’s construction on their land.

“We respect this initial ruling and remain committed to South Dakota and deeply appreciative of the overwhelming
support we have received from landowners and community members,” Lee Blank, Summit’s CEO, said in a statement shared with the Daily Caller News Foundation. “We are hopeful that through collaborative engagement with these counties we can forge a path forward to benefit South Dakota and its citizens.”

CCS technology “involves the capture of carbon dioxide emissions from industrial processes, such as steel and cement production, or from the burning of fossil fuels in power generation,” which “is then transported from where it was produced, via ship or in a pipeline, and stored deep underground in geological formations,” according to NationalGrid.

The proposed Summit pipeline would run through large swaths of South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa, according to Summit’s webpage for the project. The $5.5 billion project’s 2,000-mile pipeline network would transport captured carbon from 34 ethanol plants in the five states and deposit it deep underground in North Dakota, according to The Associated Press.

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