Landowners optimistic after Summit Carbon ND permit denied

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) – The North Dakota Public Service Commission has denied a permit for the Summit Carbon Solutions Capture Pipeline Project. Summit proposed the pipeline to capture CO2 from more than 30 ethanol plants in five midwestern states and to store it deep underground in North Dakota.

Pipeline projects in recent years have raised landowner concerns about eminent domain and the potential dangers of a pipeline break. Some landowners see North Dakota’s rejection of Summit’s permit as a positive sign that things may be turning in their favor.

On the same day that the South Dakota PUC resumed its hearing for the Navigator Pipeline, the Summit Carbon Pipeline Project hit another roadblock.

The North Dakota PSC said Summit Carbon Solutions failed to provide adequate documentation proving the safety of property and residents. For some landowners, the decision came as a surprise.