SD Farm Bureau takes stance on carbon pipelines

Source: By Carah Hart, Brownfield • Posted: Wednesday, November 29, 2023


South Dakota Farm Bureau has new policy clarifying their stance on carbon pipelines and private property rights.

At the annual convention in mid-November, President Scott VanderWal says member delegates decided “if a pipeline or proposed pipeline has two-thirds of landowners along the line who have voluntarily signed easements, the company should be able to use eminent domain on the rest.”

VanderWal says in the last year, Farm Bureau members decided land for carbon pipeline projects was too easy to attain via eminent domain and the new policy should address the concern.

Summit Carbon Solutions is working on a carbon pipeline project that would span multiple states and move through eastern South Dakota to transport carbon from ethanol plants to underground storage in North Dakota. If the project is completed, it could lower carbon emissions for ethanol and help grow a top market for U.S. corn. But proposed pipeline projects have landowners in multiple states citing eminent domain concerns.

South Dakota Farm Bureau says they’ll also support value-added opportunities that increase demand for the state’s agricultural commodities if it respects private property rights. VanderWal says that goes beyond carbon pipelines.

“Down the road, if we stood in the way of something that might become another ethanol industry to South Dakota, we certainly wouldn’t be doing our job if we hadn’t considered that and looked at positive opportunities.”

He says a second policy was adopted to strengthen private property rights. South Farm Bureau wants more clarity on landowner compensation and better communication from companies pursuing any future value-added ag projects.