A week after the PUC denied its permit application to build a CO2 pipeline, Navigator released a statement Thursday that indicated operations in South Dakota would be paused while they work to build a more collaborative plan with landowners.
On Monday, every business in Onida was filled with chatter about what happened Sunday afternoon. The 668 residents of the small town were swapping stories about the bang they heard or the jolt they felt. Mostly, the community was expressing their relief that no one was hurt. One question, however, hovered above all the rest; what happened?
After months of pushing for the reformation of South Dakota’s eminent domain laws, landowners in opposition to carbon sequestration pipeline projects took their fight to the state capitol, calling on Governor Kristi Noem to stand with them.
A recent ruling made by a Brown County judge allows Summit Carbon Solutions to survey private land without permission from landowners, but one farmer was left with damaged crops after survey work took place on his property.
South Dakota joins a number of states across the country now reporting outbreaks of avian influenza. While it’s impact so far has been minimal, it’s still a concern for many who remember the last deadly outbreak in 2015.
An internal Environmental Protection Agency report says agency officials during the Trump administration in 2018 improperly influenced a decision to re-approve use of dicamba, a herbicide blamed for crop damage in hundreds of lawsuits.