PUC staff calls for denial of state permit for SCS pipeline

PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — The lead staff attorney for the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission formally requested Friday that the commission deny the application from SCS Carbon Solutions for a state permit for a proposed carbon-dioxide pipeline.

Attorney Kristen Edwards filed a motion that said the project no longer could meet all applicable laws and rules. Her request came one day after SCS withdrew its request that the commission pre-empt pipeline ordinances in several counties.

“It is an undisputable fact is that the proposed route currently violates county ordinances in
Brown, McPherson, Minnehaha, and Spink counties. Unless and until Summit can obtain
waivers or conditional use permits where applicable in order to bring the route into compliance, a permit cannot be granted,” Edwards stated in the motion.