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North Dakota rejects Summit Carbon Solutions permit
Pipeline project could be in jeopardy
South Dakota’s neighbors to the north have rejected a permit for the carbon pipeline that Summit Carbon Solution is planning through portions of both Dakotas.
According to Ag Week, the North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) Friday morning denied a route permit for the portion of the carbon capture pipeline project that runs through “The Peace Garden State.”
The PSC — North Dakota’s version of the Public Utilities Commission — ruled that Summit didn’t consider alternative routes for some landowners, didn’t do enough to mitigate wildlife disruption along the route and “did not adequately address impacts on cultural resources.”
South Dakota’s Public Utilities Commission is set to hold public hearings on Summit’s application in September.
In a statement sent to The Dakota Scout, Summit spokesperson Sabrina Ahmed Zenor said the company will reapply for its North Dakota permit and work to incorporate changes that appease the PSC.
“We're committed to understanding and incorporating the considerations outlined in the decision,” she said. “We are confident that our project supports state policies designed to boost key economic sectors: agriculture, ethanol, and energy.”
Summit is one of two companies planning carbon sequestration pipelines through South Dakota. Navigator also plans to capture carbon from ethanol plants along its planned route that is transferred by underground pipeline before being buried under rock in Illinois. Summit intends to bury its carbon in North Dakota.
North Dakota’s denial has no bearing on the Navigator project, said Elizabeth Burns-Thompson, vice president of government and public affairs for Navigator.
“Each permit proceeding is unique to each proposed project, and we do not believe this ruling is indicative of all carbon capture utilization and storage proceedings currently under review,” she said. “We are confident our project will successfully meet all requirements and obligations set forth by the jurisdictions we are working with.”
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