SD PUC hear opening statements on the Navigator’s permit for CO2 pipelines

FORT PIERRE, S.D.(KJJQ)- The first state hearing for a carbon capture pipeline began Tuesday morning before the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, meeting in Ft. Pierre.

The Navigator Pipeline would run into eastern South Dakota. They’re seeking a permit to build and operate the line.

After more than 90-minutes of motions, several of the parties involved made opening statements.

James Moore is an attorney for the Navigator Pipeline. He says this is a very important project.

Moore also stressed the safety of the pipeline.

Lawyer Brian Jorde represents landowners who are opposed to the pipeline. He says it is not needed and will bring “112 miles of disruption and destruction” to South Dakota. He says supporters like to speak about the importance of the project to farmers.

The hearing is expected to last eight days.