Summit Carbon Solutions files for pipeline permit in South Dakota

The Midwest Carbon Express pipeline would gather carbon from ethanol plants in five states and send liquid carbon dioxide to western North Dakota for underground storage.

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A group gathers Nov. 18, 2021, to learn about the Summit Carbon Solutions plan to store carbon dioxide in western North Dakota. Behind them is a rig capable of drilling 12,000 feet below ground where the carbon can be stored.
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AMES, Iowa — Summit Carbon Solutions has filed for a permit to push its carbon capture pipeline through South Dakota, the second state where it has filed for a permit.

Summit Carbon Solutions announced on Wednesday, Feb. 9, that it has filed the permit request with the South Dakota Public Utlities Commission for a permit for the Midwest Carbon Express, a $4.5 billion project to send carbon dioxide from ethanol plants in five states to western North Dakota, where can be stored underground.

Summit earlier this month filed for a permit in Iowa, where the pipeline will originate.

Summit has indicated it will file for a permit this month in North Dakota.

Other states to be connected along the more than 2,000-mile pipeline route are Minnesota and Nebraska, where there is currently not a single state agency with authority over carbon pipelines. Instead, Summit will have to obtain permits from individual counties.


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Summit hopes to begin construction in 2023 and have the pipeline operating in 2024. But that requires obtaining permits and acquiring right-of-way from landowners, which could include using eminent domain.

“Summit Carbon Solutions is working with landowners to secure voluntary easements. The next significant step at the Iowa Utilities Board will be the setting of a procedural schedule, which we anticipate will happen soon," Summit said in a statement issued Wednesday.


The pipeline, if built, would send 12 millions tons of CO2 annually to an area northwest of Bismarck, North Dakota.
The pipeline is intended to give ethanol plants along the route access to the low-carbon fuel market, where fuel produced at the plants can be sold for a premium price.

“Summit Carbon Solutions’ project will benefit farmers across the state by maintaining a strong corn market while supporting ethanol producers. The project will also provide tax revenue for the counties along the route and help the environment,” Walt Wendland, CEO of Ringneck Energy, one of Summit Carbon Solutions’ ethanol plant partners in South Dakota, said in a news release.

But the plan is being met with some resistance.
Dakota Rural Action, a South Dakota rural advocacy and environmental group, says on its website that Summit is "hoping to make a profit with this false climate solution through capturing carbon dioxide at regional processing plants, putting this highly toxic substance under immense pressure, and piping the hazardous waste through South Dakota’s farms, ranches, and rural communities."

Summit also recently announced the addition of a planned fertilizer plant at Grand Forks, North Dakota, as part of the project.

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