WATERTOWN, S.D.(KWAT)- The CEO of four ethanol plants in northeastern South Dakota is disappointed, but respectful, of the Public Utilities Commission’s decision this week to deny a permit to Summit Carbon Solutions to build a carbon dioxide sequestration pipeline in the state.
While disappointed, Jim Seurer (sigh-ur) of Glacial Lakes Energy knows it’s not over.
Summit’s proposed pipeline route violates setback ordinances in Brown, Spink, McPherson and Minnehaha counties.
Seurer says that, coupled with safety concerns in the event of a pipeline breach, was just too much to overcome at this point.
He still believes it’s a project that has much more support than is expressed publicly.
Seurer says the viability of the ethanol industry is at stake.
Summit will revise and re-submit its application.
CEO Lee Blank said, “we are hopeful that through collaborative engagement with these counties we can forge a path forward to benefit South Dakota and its citizens.”