I don’t recall Lee Schoenbeck complaining much about pipelines using eminent domain to run Canadian tar sands oil through farmers’ fields. But boy, aim a carbon dioxide pipeline through land belonging to some Catholic sisters, and Lake Kampeska’s best Senator is ready to raise holy heck:
Move your pipeline, Summit Carbon Solutions, or you “won’t like the legislation [you’ll] see next year.” Wow—I love it when Lee talks dirty.
The Benedictine Sisters who own Harmony Hill need not worry: Summit Carbon Solutions said it changed the route months ago:
The proposed route was moved from the Harmony Hill area but it had already been moved some months prior to Schoenbeck’s Feb. 26 emails, according to a copy of a letter from Brett Koenecke, a Pierre lawyer working with Summit.
SCS provided KELOLAND News with a copy of Brett Koenecke’s letter.
Koenecke said in the March 7 letter to PUC executive director Patty Van Gerpen that when he received Schoenbeck’s Feb. 26 emails, he “immediately inquired of the SCS project development team.”
Koenecke said he learned that the route had been “significantly altered some months ago and no longer impacted the property about which (Schoenbeck) was speaking and concerned.”
Summit Carbons said in a statement shared with KELOLAND News by company spokesman Courtney Ryan, “Modifications to the route at this early stage are not unusual. In this case, we are confident based on feedback from many of those involved that the issue has been resolved to everyone’s satisfaction” [Rae Yost, “Sen. Schoenbeck Intervenes on CO2 Route in Watertown,” KELO-TV, 2022.03.18].
Everyone’s satisfaction? Summit Carbon Solutions, may you all had better call Senator Schoenbeck, just to make sure. And even if Lee and the Sisters are fine, it sounds like you still have landowners in all five states where you plan to dig who don’t dig your taking of their land.