Carbon Pipeline

Local officials have potential to block carbon dioxide projects

BY: - September 22, 2023

Iowa cities and counties have the authority to restrict building permits for the carbon-capture facilities that would feed proposed carbon dioxide pipelines in the state, the Hardin County attorney argues in a recent state regulatory filing. That has the potential to empower local elected officials to restrict or block the controversial pipeline projects by depriving […]

Landowners testify Summit ignored requests for route changes

BY: - September 19, 2023

A Lyon County landowner in the path of Summit Carbon Solutions’ proposed carbon dioxide pipeline system alleged on Tuesday that the company punished him for not signing an easement by choosing a less-desirable route through his property. Gregory Kracht was among several landowners who testified at the start of the fifth week of the company’s […]

Summit permit process in North Dakota has reached ‘uncharted waters’

BY: - September 18, 2023

It’s not yet clear how utility regulators in North Dakota will proceed with their reconsideration of a pipeline permit for Summit Carbon Solutions. The state’s Public Service Commission granted the company’s reconsideration request with a split vote on Friday. It had unanimously denied Summit’s permit application in August because the company didn’t sufficiently show that […]

Carbon pipeline company has not ‘taken any state off the map’ after SD permit rejection

BY: and - September 15, 2023

A recently failed permit application is not necessarily the end of a carbon capture pipeline company’s goal of building in South Dakota and four other states, according to a company spokesperson. “We have not taken any state off the map,” Elizabeth Burns-Thompson, of Navigator CO2, told South Dakota Searchlight in an interview Friday. The South […]

Rastetter resists subpoena request as ‘irrelevant sideshow’ for Summit permit

BY: - September 13, 2023

A request to compel the testimony of Bruce Rastetter, an influential agriculture executive, during Summit Carbon Solution’s permit hearing in Iowa is merely an attempt to “create an irrelevant sideshow,” Rastetter and his company, Summit Agricultural Group, allege. Some opponents of Summit Carbon’s proposed carbon dioxide pipeline seek Rastetter’s under-oath testimony for more information about […]

Iowa utility regulators want to finish Summit hearing by month’s end

BY: - September 12, 2023

The Iowa Utilities Board seeks to complete an evidentiary hearing for Summit Carbon Solutions’ pipeline proposal by the end of September, according to a recent board order. Summit’s hearing is in its fourth week. The company seeks a hazardous liquid pipeline permit in Iowa as part of its five-state project that would transport captured carbon […]

Rastetter testimony sought for evidence of Summit’s ‘anticompetitive’ agreements

BY: - September 11, 2023

Bruce Rastetter, the influential co-founder of Summit Carbon Solutions, should be subpoenaed to testify to state regulators in support of his company’s carbon dioxide pipeline proposal, according to the daughter of a landowner who is affected by the project. The daughter, Kerry Hirth, has filed a motion with the Iowa Utilities Board seeking to compel […]

State denies Summit permit; both carbon pipelines proposed in SD now rejected

BY: - September 11, 2023

FORT PIERRE, S.D. — Some landowners who’ve been fighting against a proposed carbon dioxide pipeline shed tears of joy Monday as South Dakota utility regulators denied a permit application from Summit Carbon Solutions. The decision means both carbon pipelines currently proposed in eastern South Dakota have been rejected in their first attempts to gain permits […]

South Dakota commission staff files motion to deny Summit’s pipeline permit

BY: - September 8, 2023

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission’s staff has filed a motion to deny Summit Carbon Solution’s application to construct a carbon dioxide pipeline, citing non-compliance with ordinances in Brown, McPherson, Minnehaha and Spink counties. The news comes after Summit withdrew its request to have the commission overrule county ordinances. Another company trying to build a […]

South Dakota’s Navigator pipeline decision might jeopardize Summit proposal

BY: - September 7, 2023

Utility regulators in South Dakota declined this week to overrule county ordinances that restrict carbon dioxide pipelines when they denied Navigator CO2 a permit for its project. Summit Carbon Solutions has also asked that state’s Public Utilities Commission to give it a permit despite local restrictions, including in Minnehaha County, where the restrictions were upheld. […]

North Dakota groups oppose Summit’s permit ‘do over’

BY: - September 6, 2023

North Dakota utility regulators should deny Summit Carbon Solutions’ request to reconsider its pipeline permit application because it was the company’s fault it didn’t supply sufficient evidence for it, according to several groups that oppose the company’s proposal. “Summit alone is to blame for squandering its opportunities during the evidentiary phase of this matter,” attorney […]

South Dakota regulators deny permit for Navigator CO2 carbon pipeline

BY: - September 6, 2023

PIERRE — In a unanimous decision, the three-member South Dakota Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday rejected Navigator CO2’s application for a permit to construct the Heartland Greenway carbon capture pipeline in South Dakota. The commission also unanimously refused the company’s request to preempt county pipeline setback ordinances. The ordinances mandate minimum distances between pipelines and dwellings, […]