ONIDA, S.D.(KCCR)- Dozens filled the Sully Buttes Gym in Onida Tuesday night as the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission kicked off the first of four input meetings for the Summit Carbon Solutions carbon pipeline. Onida and the Ringneck Ethanol plant is on the end of one of the proposed spurs of the pipeline that would take liquid carbon dioxide to a sequestration site near Bismarck, North Dakota. John Potash drove from Sioux City, Iowa to show support for the environmental benefits of the project.
Jay Poindexter of Ree Heights called the easements the company is offering landowners a joke.
Frank Jamerson of Trail City told everyone in attendance that the meeting didn’t mean anything; siting his experience on the Standing Rock Reservation with the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Commissioner Gary Hanson countered that the meeting series is important to the Commission.
Similar meetings are planned for Sioux Falls, De Smet, Redfield and Aberdeen. The meeting in Aberdeen is 12PM Friday at the Ramkota.