Summit Exec Questioned on Rulings in North and South Dakota

by Brian Wilson
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A vice president for Summit Carbon Solutions says rejected requests to build the company’s carbon pipeline in North and South Dakota should not impact its pursuit of a construction permit in Iowa. Micah Rorie is in charge of land acquisition for the company and he testified Tuesday morning at an Iowa Utilities Board hearing in Fort Dodge.

John Murray, an attorney for property owners who don’t want the pipeline on their land, quizzed Rorie about Monday’s permit denial in South Dakota.

Murray, an attorney from Storm Lake, also asked Rorie about last month’s denial of a permit to extend Summit’s pipeline through NORTH Dakota, where the company plans to store its liquid carbon underground.

Rorie says over 12-hundred Iowa landowners have voluntarily signed easements that give Summit access to over 33-hundred parcels of land along its proposed route through Iowa. The company is asking the Iowa Utilities Board for eminent domain authority to force 469 Iowa landowners who object to the project to sign property easements.

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