Navigator pipeline decisions are set for Wednesday

PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — The state Public Utilities Commission faces three big choices on Wednesday about the future of carbon dioxide pipelines in South Dakota.

The first is whether to grant Navigator a permit to have a branch of its proposed pipeline go through five counties — Lincoln, Turner, Minnehaha, Moody and Brookings — and collect CO2 from ethanol production facilities at Aurora, Chancellor and Hudson.

The second is whether the state commission should override pipeline ordinances in Minnehaha and Moody counties. Those counties’ commissions adopted the ordinances this year, after Navigator had proposed its route. Navigator wants the ordinances overruled.

The third is what additional conditions, if any, Navigator should face if a permit is granted.