The SDGOP spin machine will get another couple weeks to propagandize the Minnehaha County Commission to step out of the way of the carbon dioxide pipelines that Republicans want to build to cash in on Democratic climate-change-mitigation subsidies. Down one commissioner yesterday, the Minnehaha County Commission deadlocked 2–2 on a proposal to establish county regulations on hazardous material pipelines. The sticky vote came on an amendment proposed by Commissioner Joe Kippley, who wants to reduce the 750-foot setback proposed by the planning and zoning commission to 330 feet:
The vote on reducing the setbacks of hazardous material pipelines from 750 feet from a property parcel boundary to 330 feet resulted in a 2-2 vote. Commissioner Jean Bender was not at Tuesday’s meeting. The 2-2 vote means the commissioners will again address an amended ordinance on June 6.
…One of the central points of the discussion at the meeting was whether or not the 750-foot setback was an arbitrary number.
“I think 750 (feet setback) is somewhat arbitrary,” Commissioner Dean Karsky said during the meeting. He favored 330 feet.
“The setback of 750 feet is not arbitrary,” county resident Joy Hohn said. The county’s planning and zoning commission and state’s attorney worked on a setback and amended ordinance that is defensible, Hohn said.
Commissioners Gerald Beninga and Jen Bleyenberg said they respected the work of the state’s attorney and planning and zoning commission. The 750-foot setback from property lines was common sense, Beninga said.
“It was always understood that this is a work in progress,” Commissioner Joe Kippley said. Kippley is the county board representative on the planning and zoning commission.
Kippley recommended the 330 foot setback as based the 330 setback on the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHSMA) recommendation for a designated emergency zone coverage for CO2 pipelines [Rae Yost, “A 2–2 Tie for Pipeline Ordinance in Minnehaha County,” KELO-TV, 2023.05.23].
Kippley did get unanimous approval for his amendment expanding the application deadline for pipelines from a week to a month and requiring the county to such applications within a month. Kippley got no second for his third amendment, which would have eliminated the annual conditional use permit fee of $300 per mile of pipeline.
I’d recommend that citizens interested in supporting or opposing this ordinance should demonstrate their political positions at and around the Minnehaha County Courthouse, but their new auditor and the commission are trying to establish setbacks for First Amendment activity, which they apparently consider hazardous….