The pro-corporate Farm Bureau is hosting a panel discussion of on carbon dioxide pipelines at pro-corporate Dakotafest on August 16. The Farm Bureau initially stacked the panel with pro-corporate interests: CO2 pipeline developer Summit Carbon Solutions exec Jim Pirolli, early CO2 pipeline partner Glacial Lakes Energy CEO Jim Seurer, and corporation-protecting South Dakota Public Utilities Commission staff attorney Kristen Edwards. Landowners expressed a desire for a more balanced panel, and, remarkably, Farm Bureau responded by adding a skeptical landowner to the panel:
The South Dakota Farm Bureau has added a panelist to its carbon dioxide forum set for Aug. 16 at Dakotafest, said Farm Bureau executive director Krystil Smit.
Jay Poindexter of Ree Heights has been added to the panel, Smit said. Poindexter is a landowner who has been very involved in talking about these (CO2)projects, Smit said.
…“We never intended to leave out one side or the other,” Smit said [Rae Yost, “CO2 Forum at Dakotafest Will Change, Farm Bureau Says,” KELO-TV, 2022.08.01].
Sure, Krystil, Farm Bureau never intended to leave out any side. That’s why you initially invited corporate project promoters first and didn’t invite any of the actual farmers whose land may be seized for the pipeline project until you caught heck from landowners.
On paper, Jay Poindexter may not be a completely anti-CO2-pipeline activist. Poindexter holds stock in Glacial Lakes Energy, so if Summit’s project can help Glacial Lakes make money, it can help Poindexter make money. But Poindexter has applied for intervenor status in Summit Carbon Solutions’ permit application to the PUC, and he worked with prominent CO2 pipeline opponent Ed Fischbach and others to organize a public forum about the Summit Carbon Solutions project on February 2 in Redfield:
As the discussion continued, one meeting attendee asked if the pipeline would go through any high-population areas. Jay Poindexter and Ed Fischbach responded to the question.
“From what I understand, there is no maps that I have been able to find for this particular pipeline in South Dakota on the internet. I’ve looked and looked and looked. From what I understand, correct me if I’m wrong, Ed. It is going to go from the plant out here east to the main pipeline. It is going to go up through your land,” said Poindexter.
“Correct. One of the reasons you don’t see that is because we don’t even have a definite route yet. I’ve been hearing from neighbors that are getting calls now that they might even adjust the route. I just got a call from a landowner down in Tea last night. Most of those people are on the Dakota Access oil line and that is supposed to run on the same easement this was. Now they are being told they are moving that and readjusting that. So now they don’t even know where the route really is,” said Fischbach.
“When they do give an easement…I don’t know about South Dakota, but I have a friend that has a big ranch out in Montana and he has a pipeline years ago that went through his land. On that easement, because they didn’t read the fine print, they now have three pipelines where they only had one. It’s once you sign that easement,” said Poindexter. “I did ask if they were going to pay anything like a subsidy every year. They said, ‘no, it is a one-time deal.’ When they buy that land from you..if they ever have to go out there and have a leak they will come and pay you for your crop damage, but you are never going to get more than that one check” [Shiloh Appel, “Landowners Meet in Redfield to Discuss CO2 Pipeline,” Redfield Press, 2022.02.24].
Poindexter, Seurer, Pirolli, and Edwards will say their piece and take pre-submitted written questions vetted by the Farm Bureau at the Dakotafest Education Building Tuesday, August 16, at 10:30 a.m.