Minnehaha County Commission split on the setbacks for the CO2 pipeline

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.(KELO)- A packed hearing and plenty of emotion…but no decision from the Minnehaha County Commission.

Commissioners considered a proposal to decrease the safety setback zone for carbon capture pipelines.

Minnehaha County Resident Gary Meyer says he isn’t directly affected by the proposed pipelines.

He objects to the decreasing margins of protection for people who live in areas with smaller populations.

Onida farmer Walter Wendland is President of the South Dakota Ethanol Producers.

Commissioner Joe Kippley proposed cutting the safety margins in half…going from 750-feet to 330 feet from homes.

He says that’s the safety margin recommended by federal regulators.

Area resident Chase Jensen argued against cutting the distance.

Commissioner Dean Karsky says the 750 setback would make it impossible for the pipelines to go through the county.

After hours of testimony, Commissioners voted 2-2 on the proposal to reduce the setback safety zones from Seven-hundred-50 feet to Three-hundred and 30.

They’ll have to take it up again in two weeks to break the tie vote.