In corporate-capture news, the Harrisburg Community Foundation is naming the main ball field at Harrisburg’s Central Park for a piece of illegally built infrastructure that will be obsolete within our lifetimes:
The Harrisburg Community Foundation has announced a $175,000 lead gift from Dakota Access Pipeline, a division of Energy Transfer.
The championship field at Harrisburg’s Central Park has been named Dakota Access Field- a way to say thank you to the Dakota Access Pipeline for their donation that allowed for significant improvements to the park.
The gift from Dakota Access Pipeline will also be celebrated during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday, July 17, at 5 p.m. The ribbon cutting will be held in conjunction with Family Fun Day at Dakota Access Field, which will feature the Harrisburg Legion Baseball team taking on Sturgis in a doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. Dakota Access Field at Central Park is located at 150 Columbia Street North in Harrisburg [Kesia Cameron, “Harrisburg Community Foundation Announces $175,000 Naming Gift,” KSFY, 2022.07.18].
Energy Transfer apparently upped its gift by $25K since foundation VP John Sutton wrote the Harrisburg City Council on April 19 and said Big Oil was giving $150K. That letter offered one upside: the naming rights evidently last just ten years, at which point the city can name the field for Summit Carbon Solutions or Covid-19 or Godzilla or some other destructive force.
The Dakota Access Pipeline curves south and east to miss Sioux Falls and runs along the southern edge of growth area Energy Transfer Partners drew around Harrisburg. In 2019 , Lincoln County approved a pumping station a mile southeast of Harrisburg to double the pipeline’s daily volume of Bakken-frackin’ oil.
Harrisburg doesn’t need Texas oil money to build its ball diamonds. The fastest-growing town in South Dakota must have revenue pouring in from new residents and businesses and sales taxes. But hey—Harrisburg Community Foundation president Tami Harms is also manager at Olson Oil, which runs Get-n-Go, which sells fuels from BP, which funded Dakota Access owns some of the tank farm that receives Bakken oil from Dakota Access pipeline at Patoka, Illinois, so why not further invade the mindspace of fans of the jockocracy with the destructive message that fossil fuels are the lifeblood of America?