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CURE working with landowners concerned about proposed pipeline

Landowners and community menmbers in Redwood and Cottonwood counties voiced concerns about proposed Summit Carbon Solutions proposed project at meeting in Lamberton, according to the Clean Up our River Environment organization.

Proposed Summit Carbon Solutions pipeline route through Minnesota as of May 31, 2022.
The proposed Summit CO2 pipeline, which could capture CO2 from ethanol plants, including Bushmills Ethanol in Atwater and Granite Falls Energy LLC in Granite Falls.
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LAMBERTON — Clean Up our River Environment is working with landowners along the proposed route for the Summit Carbon Solutions pipeline who are expressing concerns about it.

CURE, based in Montevideo, issued a news release this week reporting that nearly 60 landowners and community members from Redwood and Cottonwood counties gathered July 15 in Lamberton to discuss their concerns.

Peg Furshong, programs director for CURE, told landowners attending the meeting to be careful. She told attendees that Summit must go through many stages of review and permitting before getting approval to build, including obtaining a route permit from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

“Their strategy is to have many landowners sign voluntary easements to demonstrate local support for this project. But think twice before you hand over the rights to your land when the PUC hasn’t even approved the route,” Furshong said.

She also advised landowners to have any contracts reviewed by an attorney with expertise in pipeline easement agreements.

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Summit Carbon Solutions is seeking easements from landowners to develop a pipeline to carry carbon dioxide from more than 30 ethanol plants in five states for underground sequestration in North Dakota. In Minnesota, sections of the proposed high-pressure pipeline will run through portions of Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Martin, Redwood, Renville and Yellow Medicine counties, and a northern leg crosses Otter Tail and Wilkin counties, according to CURE.

A map of the Summit Carbon Solutions pipeline project

Anita Vogel of Lamberton helped organize the meeting. Vogel said her parents signed an easement for the pipeline on their property.

“Signing a voluntary easement may seem like not a big deal to some,” said Vogel, “but I want to remind you that this is a ‘forever’ easement and once you sign this you can’t reverse that decision.”

CURE said landowners at the meeting said they want more transparency about carbon pipelines and the potential risks they may pose to their property and communities. They also expressed interest in finding ways to share information and work together.

For more information about these projects, go to www.carbonpipelinesmn.org or email cure@cureriver.org.

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoors reporter for the West Central Tribune.
He has been a reporter with the West Central Tribune since 1993.

Cherveny can be reached via email at tcherveny@wctrib.com or by phone at 320-214-4335.
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