The Western Land Theft story no one is reporting and the GOP is protecting.

Summit Carbon Solutions is planning a large-scale carbon capture and sequestration project in South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska.

Anticipated pipeline routes:

The proposed pipeline would ship carbon dioxide from the fermentation process at ethanol plants and biorefineries in five states to North Dakota, where it would be stored underground in “deep geologic storage locations,” according to Summit.

It is very well connected. It is currently terrorizing farmers as can be seen in the video below. Why? Because it wants the land and understands no one will stop it. Gov. Kristi Norm has done nothing – possibly because Summit are MASSIVE conservative donors.

Now people are fighting back. In Emmons County there has been much resistance to the Summit Carbon Solutions pipeline, with the county commission passing ordinances to make it more difficult to site the pipeline through the county in south-central North Dakota.

“Why do our government heads of state, representatives and government officials agree to allow our beautiful state to be turned into a dumping ground for other states’ garbage,” resident Julia Stramer said. AGWeek

While Summit Carbon Solutions is passing out easement agreements to people with land along the route, representatives have said they are confident they will get the right to use eminent domain.

In South Dakota:

This is footage that was shared with me (Greg Price) by a South Dakota farmer named Jared Bossly, whose farm has been in his family for four generations. Bossly is one of over 80 SD landowners currently facing eminent domain lawsuits from a company called Summit Carbon Solutions who wants to seize their property and use it to build a carbon capture pipeline that will transport CO2 emissions from Iowa to North Dakota to be stored underground. The men in the video are surveyors from Summit. They entered his home and shop before going on his farm to survey the land all without permission while only his wife was home. They later falsely accused him of threatening to kill them (he talked to them for 6 seconds on speaker phone about how the sheriff should be there while they do it) and are taking him to court to get a restraining order so he can’t be on his property when they come back.

His hearing is tomorrow. Bossly tells me surveyors from the company have shown up to SD farms without permission, some with armed security guards like something straight out of Blazing Saddles, and have threatened the landowners who haven’t agreed to give up their property.

The Republican leadership in South Dakota has also abandoned them. In the last legislative session, bills to protect landowners from eminent domain from Summit failed. Gov. Kristi Norm has done nothing. Why? Because Summit has connections to massive GOP donors.

They are also bankrolled by large investments, some of which are foreign, as well as benefit from massive federal tax credits for carbon capture expanded by Joe Biden’s “Inflation Reduction Act.” Meanwhile, South Dakotans whose farms have been in their families for generations, who have put their blood sweat and tears into their land, are now facing them being seized and ruined for the green energy grift. Their elected leaders have abandoned them and no one outside local media is talking about it.

The CO2 capture-scheme as described here

The opportunity that we have in front of us is to capture a significant amount of carbon that is being emitted to the atmosphere currently from ethanol plants. We’re targeting the CO2 that’s coming from the ethanol fermentation process and is currently leaving the ethanol plant through a stack that the gas has gone through a scrubber first. And then it goes into the atmosphere through a stack. And so the opportunity is to be able to capture that CO2 and do a couple things — clearly realize the environmental benefit associated with CO2 not going to the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas, and then two — help with an additional revenue source or a margin uplift for the ethanol plants, which ultimately helps with crop values within the vicinity of those ethanol plants. 

Chris Hill is director of environmental and permitting for Summit Carbon Solutions.