Governor Noem not inclined to call special session on eminent domain  (Audio)

July 13, 2023
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.- There’s a definite difference of opinion on who should call a special legislative session in South Dakota to address eminent domain issues related to the possible construction of a carbon capture pipeline.

Last week, hundreds of private citizens turned out for a  personal property rights rally at the South Dakota Capitol, asking Governor Kristi Noem to call a special session…

But in an interview on KWAT News today, the governor said without consensus from the legislature on what any final piece of legislation should look like, calling a special session wouldn’t do any good, and would be a waste of taxpayer money…

Dozens of landowners in South Dakota could face the prospect of eminent domain being used by Summit Carbon Solutions to build a carbon capture pipeline across their farmland if the pipeline receives the required approval from the state.