Get the facts on the Summit Carbon Pipeline
South Dakota is being hit with a proposed Carbon Dioxide pipeline financed by out of state investors. Summit Carbon Solutions is an Iowa based company hoping to make a profit with this false climate solution through capturing carbon dioxide at regional processing plants, putting this highly toxic substance under immense pressure, and piping the hazardous waste through South Dakota’s farms, ranches, and rural communities.
No Eminent Domain for Private Gain!
This pipeline is another example of a private company seeking the power of eminent domain to possess private land against the will of the landowners in order to make a profit. Many of our citizens and landowners are just beginning to rest after fighting pipelines for over a decade, just in time for another group of indifferent, greedy out-of-state investors to try and take advantage of our state and citizens.
A False Climate Solution
Besides the inevitable attempted use of eminent domain, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology is a ‘greenwashing’ scheme developed by Big Oil and Gas companies lobbying our government to support its development. The technology pretends to support climate change mitigation by reducing carbon emissions, while its true intent is to receive tax credits and subsidies to continue making money for fossil fuel giants. CCS does not address other emissions or forms of pollution from fossil fuel extraction and industrial agriculture, and every dollar of public money spent subsidizing CCS is a dollar that could have been spent supporting REAL solutions!
CCS is a dangerous and unnecessary technology
Together, CO2 and water form carbonic acid, which can leach toxic metals out of rocks. CO2 seeping into water supplies from deep underground has been shown to make water dangerous to drink. Water that has been in contact with CO2 can leach arsenic, uranium, radium, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury and selenium into the water at levels that exceed federal drinking water standards. In short, CO2 seeping into water can make it dangerous to drink for humans and animals.
In addition to multiple CCS projects cancelled for economic failure, there has already been significant failures of these systems resulting in highly dangerous bursts. For the residents of Satartia, Mississippi, this meant being gassed and poisoned in their own homes and community.
Is your land being crossed by Summit?
First, DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING FROM SUMMIT. Encourage all of your friends and neighbors not to sign either! Once a voluntary easement is signed, landowners are unable to cancel the easement agreement, and a company is even able to sell that easement to the next pipeline company if they are unable to build themselves. Landowners who fought the Keystone XL pipeline without signing easements voluntarily were able to have condemned easements cancelled, while those who did sign voluntarily did not get their land back.
Second, know that you are not alone and that you have options! Like all manipulative ventures, this pipeline is strongest when those people it affects remain isolated. There are thousands of other landowners just like you who are unsure if they can trust Summit, yet fear they cannot stand up to such a large corporation.
Third, if you want to join other landowners and concerned citizens in a united and coordinated opposition to this pipeline, join us by filling out the contact form below so that we can add you to our mailing list with updates on this issue and ways to coordinate our response. One of the most practical ways that we can effectively and successfully organize against this pipeline is to create a network of landowners who unite as a legal block of opposition to join strength, invest in expert representation, and share the costs of standing up for oneself against a large corporation.
As a grassroots organizing group, Dakota Rural Action is committed to locating and organizing affected landowners and concerned individuals into an effective group that can accomplish its common goals and objectives.
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