Digging for the truth: Landowners say no to Summit Carbon Solutions easements; eminent domain may be enforced

Summit Carbon Solutions first approached Jared Bossly about laying pipe for a carbon storage project on his property in August of 2021.

Fast forward to June 20, 2023. The company’s surveyors drilled 90 foot holes in his cornfield, while Bossly was under court order to stay 100 feet away from them.

Surveys

Almost two years ago a Summit Carbon Solutions (a proposed carbon capture pipeline) representative in a black suburban drove across his hayfield to find him in his tractor. The representative handed him some paperwork and said “sign this, we’re going to do some surveying.”

Bossly asked the individual to meet with him and surrounding neighbors in his shop the following morning.

Bossly wasn’t immediately against the idea.

“You have to keep an open mind. I didn’t know a lot about carbon dioxide then. I didn’t know a bit. It sounds safer than some things. But in the end it is more dangerous,” he said.

Bossly and his neighbors didn’t give the company permission to survey.

“Everyone that came to our meeting said ‘no.’ We’ve been involved with the lawyer ever since,” he said.

But a judge’s order allows the company to survey without permission from the landowner, as long as the company serves 30 day notice, except in counties with a pending legal decision.