Carbon pipeline permit application denied in SD

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has rejected a permit application for the Summit Carbon Solutions pipeline, which would transport carbon from ethanol plants across 5 states to permanent storage. 

That rejection came Monday, cancelling the weeklong hearing that was scheduled. The commission said there were county ordinance violations and Summit Carbon Solutions said it intends to refine its proposal and reapply for a permit.

In an interview last month, Summit Carbon Solutions CEO Lee Blank told Brownfield transparency is important in the permitting process.

He also said education about what the project means for agriculture has been the biggest challenge and once completed, the pipeline would allow the U.S. ethanol industry to take a big step forward.

“It will allow products that come out of the ethanol industry to meet certain carbon intensity scores, to hit markets that will drive additional economics back to the farm gate.”

Hear the interview with Lee from the Kansas City Agribusiness Council meeting.

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