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South Dakota Legislature Passes Landowner Bill of Rights

Earlier this week, the South Dakota Legislature passed legislation that will streamline and codify the permitting process to provide project sponsors with regulatory certainty and protect landowner rights. This bill benefits farmers, producers, families, and businesses in the counties along the pipeline route We are grateful for the efforts of supporters like you who stepped up to stand behind this important change in laws. Legislators depend on hearing from their constituents and leaders in the industry, and the emails and phone calls from real South Dakotans truly make the difference. This move is one more step toward ensuring a strong agriculture industry in South Dakota for generations to come.

March 11, 2024|

Summit Announces Partnership with World’s Second Largest Corn Ethanol Producer

This week, Summit Carbon Solutions announced a partnership with Valero. Valero is the world's second-largest corn ethanol producer and will serve as a shipper on the proposed Summit pipeline across the Midwest. With this move, eight Valero ethanol facilities - including those in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska ,and South Dakota - will link up with the Summit Pipeline, marking a total of 57 ethanol facilities involved in the Summit Project. The Founder and Executive Chairman of Summit Agricultural Group, Bruce Rastetter said, "By integrating Valero's facilities into this project, we will make major strides in providing more than a billion gallons of low-carbon fuels to a marketplace hungry for the product. This project ensures the agriculture and biofuels industries will remain dynamic and competitive, meeting the needs of today while preparing [...]

March 11, 2024|

Action Alert: Important Legislation Advancing in South Dakota Legislature

Senate Bill 201 has passed out of committee and will be out for a vote on the House floor tomorrow, Wednesday, February 28th. This legislation will streamline and codify the permitting process to provide project sponsors with regulatory certainty while protecting landowner rights. Take Action today to ensure a strong future for South Dakota farmers, rural communities, and infrastructure workers. The benefits of this pipeline range from additional tax revenue and a boost to our local economy, to an increased marketplace for our corn growers and ethanol producers, to jobs within our communities supported by agriculture. Please show your support for this important project by sending an email to your State Representatives. Click here to show your support for this important project by sending an email to your Representative.

February 27, 2024|

Action Alert: Landowner Bill of Rights Vote in South Dakota House

Early this coming week, the South Dakota House will vote on Senate Bill SB201, which improves the permitting process for carbon dioxide pipelines, including the Summit Carbon Solutions project, to provide project developers with regulatory certainty while protecting landowner rights. Take Action today to ensure a strong future for South Dakota farmers, rural communities, and infrastructure workers. The benefits of this pipeline range from additional tax revenue and a boost to our local economy, to an increased marketplace for our corn growers and ethanol producers, to jobs within our communities supported by agriculture. Please show your support for this important project by sending an email to your State Representatives. Click here to show your support for this important project by sending an email to your Representative.

February 23, 2024|

Action Alert: MN PUC Accepting Public Comments on Carbon Capture Pipeline

Recently, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and the Department of Commerce held public hearings related to the proposed carbon capture pipeline from Otter Tail County to Wilkin County. They then prepared a draft Environmental Impact Study (EIS) on the project. Now, they are accepting public comments on the draft EIS to the docket and we need your help. The benefits of this pipeline range from additional tax revenue and a boost to our local economy, to increased marketplace for our corn growers and ethanol producers, to helping ensure Minnesota meets its carbon goals over the coming decades. Click here to learn more and make your voice heard by submitting a comment to the Minnesota Docket.

February 19, 2024|

Action Alert: South Dakota Senate to Vote on SB201

This week, the South Dakota Senate is taking a vote on SB201 which streamlines and codifies the permitting process to provide project sponsors with regulatory certainty. We need your help to ensure it passes so we can take one more step towards preserving a strong future for South Dakota farmers. The benefits of this pipeline range from additional tax revenue and a boost to our local economy, to an increased marketplace for our corn growers and ethanol producers. Click here to show your support for this important project by sending an email to your State Senator.

February 19, 2024|

Action Alert: Support Carbon Capture Pipeline in Minnesota

Recently, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and the Department of Commerce held public hearings related to the proposed carbon capture pipeline from Otter Tail County to Wilkin County. They then prepared a draft Environmental Impact Study (EIS) on the project. Now, they are accepting public comments on the draft EIS to the docket and we need your help. The benefits of this pipeline range from additional tax revenue and a boost to our local economy, to increased marketplace for our corn growers and ethanol producers, to helping ensure Minnesota meets its carbon goals over the coming decades. Click here to learn more and make your voice heard by submitting a comment to the Minnesota Docket.

February 14, 2024|

Summit Announces Partnership with World’s Largest Ethanol Producer – POET

This week is starting with a bang for all things carbon capture! Yesterday, it was announced that POET - the world's largest ethanol producer - is partnering with Summit Carbon Solutions on their carbon capture and storage project. This will connect POET's 17 ethanol plants (5 in South Dakota, 12 in Iowa) with the proposed Summit pipeline, marking more than 50 ethanol plants on board. POET's founder and CEO, JEFF Broin said, "POET is excited to partner with Summit Carbon Solutions on this historic project. As the world seeks low-carbon energy solutions, carbon capture ensures that ag-based biofuels will remain competitive for decades to come. This is a tremendous opportunity to bring value to farmers, bioethanol producers, and rural communities and counties in participating states, and I believe it will [...]

January 30, 2024|

80 Percent of North Dakota Landowners Along Pipeline Route Support Project

Across the Midwest, the ball is still rolling in the right direction. Recently, Summit Carbon Solutions announced they have signed 80 percent of North Dakotans who live along the CO2 pipeline route. Summit CEO Lee Blank said, “Our team is dedicated to working with landowners to address concerns and reach a mutually agreeable path. This has led to a higher percentage of ROW acquisition, reflecting our commitment to progress and community partnership.” This also includes multiple reroutes in Burleigh, Emmons, and Dickey counties and the addition of 12 miles to the route. As we navigate through various roadblocks and obstacles, we will continue to focus on the enormous and countless benefits that come from capturing, transporting, and storing carbon. It is important that supporters of this project continue to vocalize [...]

January 23, 2024|

South Dakota Corn Growers Association Back Carbon Capture

We are in a new year, but the fight for carbon capture projects remains the same. We are continuing our efforts to show support for these important infrastructure projects that will help ensure a strong, secure future for our corn growers, ethanol producers, and local economies. With more than half of corn grown going to ethanol, we must back projects like Summit Carbon Solution's pipeline that enhance the marketplace while benefiting Main Street America. Over the weekend, the South Dakota Corn Growers Association showed their support for CO2 pipelines by passing two resolutions at their annual meeting backing carbon capture and supportive of the use of pipelines to lower the ethanol intensity score for ethanol plants.

January 23, 2024|

South Dakotans Voice Their Support for Carbon Capture Projects

Despite some tough headlines and a complex and unpredictable regulatory process, support for carbon capture projects continues to grow throughout South Dakota.  Local residents are showing elected officials at all levels there is support for carbon capture projects and that people want the review process to continue. Summit Carbon Solutions is working with cities, counties, and states to update and revise plans for their important project.  This means more work to navigate the thorough permitting process to keep things focused on getting the projects done. As this work continues, public support is strong and growing. More than 3,100 South Dakotans have directly shown their support for carbon capture, transportation, and storage projects, specifically Summit Carbon Solutions.  Over 1,000 messages have been sent to County Commissioners, State Legislators, Governor Noem, and [...]

November 8, 2023|

Statement on Cancellation of Navigator Carbon Capture and Storage Project 

Navigator recently announced that it is cancelling its carbon capture and storage project due to the “unpredictable” state regulatory process.   Reducing the carbon footprint for ethanol is important and represents a change we need to make.   Change is hard and the decision by Navigator to suspend their project shows us all why regulatory certainty is critical for major infrastructure projects.    More than ever, it is important that we support and raise our voices to keep other CCS projects moving forward. Our corn growers, ethanol industry, local communities, and ag economy depend on these projects for future economic growth.    It is essential that we continue to invest in a brighter future by supporting carbon capture, transportation and storage projects. 

October 30, 2023|

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