August 4, 2023

BISMARCK, N.D.–The North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) has denied a corridor and route permit for a pipeline to bring carbon dioxide from ethanol plants in the upper Midwest to be sequestered in North Dakota.

Summit Carbon Solutions is proposing the pipeline. Some North Dakotans oppose the pipeline, because they’re worried about potential leaks, as well as the potential for the company to use eminent domain if it could not come to an agreement with landowners along the route.

PSC Chairman Randy Christmann said Summit failed to follow some of the steps in state law, when it comes to siting pipelines.

Christmann said his decision on the permit is not indicative of his personal position on CO2 sequestration or the importation of carbon dioxide.

Summit can re-file, or can appeal the PSC’s decision to the courts.