Senator Lee Schoenbeck talks about his support for the CO2 pipeline

WATERTOWN, S.D.(KXLG)- A carbon-capturing pipeline construction project is looking to get off the ground and is finding opposition from some landowners. Some have taken easement payments to allow Summit Carbon Solutions to conduct the construction through their land.

KXLG News had South Dakota Senator President Pro Tempore Lee Schoenbeck live in the studio this morning to talk more on this subject.

According to Schoenbeck, the Legislation has little to do with it.

For instance, it must have a low carbon score to sell in the California market. They either purchase carbon credits to sell it or build the pipeline. It is projected that if the pipeline is not built, it will significantly impact the ethanols economy within the state, and they’ll be priced out of the market.

Schoenbeck says Summit Carbon Solutions has already cut a lot of “checks.”

Schoenbeck continues one opponent received over $1 million. He also mentions if the ethanol industry in the area ceases to exist, all the property values in the A.G. community will decrease.

Schoenbeck says misinformation is being spread.

Eminent domain enters the conversation, to which Schoenbeck says if they don’t believe in eminent domain.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has been criticized for her lack of action regarding landowners in opposition.

The Public Utilities Commission or P.U.C. will meet later this year in September to consider issuing permits to Summit Carbon Solutions.

South Dakota Freedom Caucus is hosting a rally at the Pierre capital rotunda 12pm Thursday to force Governor Noem to announce a special session dealing with the CO2 pipelines.