Carbon capture

Rep. Carl Perry, R-Aberdeen, hears testimony during a House Commerce and Energy Committee hearing on Feb. 12, 2024. (Joshua Haiar/South Dakota Searchlight)

Another attempt to block carbon pipelines from using eminent domain fails

BY: - February 12, 2024

PIERRE — Another legislative attempt to stop a proposed carbon sequestration pipeline from using eminent domain failed Monday.  “It is up to us to defend South Dakotans’ property rights,” said Rep. Jon Hansen, R-Dell Rapids, the prime sponsor of the bill.  The legislation was rejected by the House Commerce and Energy Committee in a 7-6 […]

A sign displays the names of the state's three elected public utilities commissioners outside of their Pierre office in January 2023. (South Dakota Searchlight/Joshua Haiar)

South Dakota’s Navigator pipeline decision might jeopardize Summit proposal

BY: - September 7, 2023

Utility regulators in South Dakota declined this week to overrule county ordinances that restrict carbon dioxide pipelines when they denied Navigator CO2 a permit for its project. Summit Carbon Solutions has also asked that state’s Public Utilities Commission to give it a permit despite local restrictions, including in Minnehaha County, where the restrictions were upheld. […]

South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioners, from left, Chris Nelson, Kristie Fiegen and Gary Hanson participate in a meeting Sept. 6, 2023, at the Capitol in Pierre. (Joshua Haiar/South Dakota Searchlight)

South Dakota regulators deny permit for Navigator CO2 carbon pipeline

BY: - September 6, 2023

PIERRE — In a unanimous decision, the three-member South Dakota Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday rejected Navigator CO2’s application for a permit to construct the Heartland Greenway carbon capture pipeline in South Dakota.  The commission also unanimously refused the company’s request to preempt county pipeline setback ordinances. The ordinances mandate minimum distances between pipelines and […]

The Summit Carbon Solutions pipeline route in South Dakota. (Courtesy of South Dakota Public Utilities Commission)

Carbon pipeline company’s water-rights application sparks opposition

BY: - August 20, 2023

State officials are recommending a water-rights permit for a carbon dioxide pipeline company, but some nearby residents who use the same aquifer fear they could be negatively affected.   A corporate entity affiliated with Summit Carbon Solutions, called Redfield SCS Capture, has applied to drill a well that could take up to 21 million gallons of […]

Stephen Lee, executive vice president of engineering and construction for Navigator CO2, testifies about the proposed Heartland Greenway pipeline on July 27, 2023, during a hearing at the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center in Fort Pierre. (Joshua Haiar/South Dakota Searchlight)

Crop damage payouts debated as pipeline hearing continues

BY: - July 31, 2023

A company touted its plan to reimburse crop damages caused by the installation of its proposed carbon capture pipeline, and an opposing attorney criticized the plan Monday during the fourth day of a permit hearing before state regulators at the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center in Fort Pierre. Meanwhile, an expert witness for the company testified […]

Jared McEntaffer, CEO of Dakota Institute, testifies during a hearing July 26, 2023, in Fort Pierre on the permit sought by Navigator CO2 for a carbon capture pipeline. McEntaffer conducted an economic impact study on the project. (Joshua Haiar/South Dakota Searchlight)

Economic projections questioned during second day of carbon pipeline hearing

BY: - July 26, 2023

FORT PIERRE — The economic benefits of a proposed carbon capture pipeline came under scrutiny Wednesday during the second day of a permit hearing before state regulators at the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center. The project would create about 430 jobs in South Dakota during the construction phase, 20 jobs during operation, and $1.3 million in sales […]