Pipeline opponents rally in Pierre

Opponents of proposed carbon capture pipelines that would cut through South Dakota held a rally Thursday at the state Capitol in Pierre. Their message was clear: They want Governor Kristi Noem to call a special session of the legislature to reform the state’s eminent domain laws.

Two companies have proposed multi-state pipelines that would run through South Dakota, taking the carbon dioxide waste from ethanol plants and moving it to underground storage in North Dakota and Illinois.

South Dakota House Minority Leader Oren Lesmeister of Parade says people calling for eminent domain reform must stick together. Lesmeister says united, they can solve this issue.

About 300 people attended the rally. Petitions were presented to the governor, asking for a special session.

Summit Carbon Solutions says 70% of affected landowners have signed up for voluntary land easements.


July 7, 2023