The proposed Summit Carbon Solutions pipeline would carry carbon dioxide from ethanol plants across the Midwest to underground storage in North Dakota. A status update on the pipeline took place at Dakotafest. “We’ve seen a really good buildup in easement signings in the last couple of month,” said Jim Pirolli, chief commercial officer, Summit Carbon Solutions. “I think folks think there’s a stigma that prevents them from signing until their neighbors sign.” Minnehaha County Commissioner Jeff Barth is seeing frustration from landowners. “I hear the concerns about eminent domain for private gain.” The pipeline’s easement progress in Iowa is at 40 percent. North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska have around 30 percent of easements complete; Minnesota is slightly below the other states in signed easements.
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