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Minnehaha County Commission Deadlocks on Setback Distance for Pipelines Carrying Hazardous Material

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….


  1. larry kurtz 2023-05-24 07:42

    Pat Powers is advocating for a CO2 pipeline that might explode and kill people if the cloud wafts over Brookings County? Anything for a buck, right Pat?

  2. Mike Lee Zitterich 2023-05-24 12:47

    In the Mayor’s plan – we see a plan which utilizes local involvement here in South Dakota, urging South Dakota Citizens to connect to each other, to help create our own plan, vision, agenda, and not one based on national interests. The mayor’s plan is a conservative approach to build new concepts, vision, and plan slowly, by listening to the residents as a whole, not so heavily on national interests.The “Committee” adopted a plan that included outside influence, led by several members of City Managers, Staff, General Workers, all of whom may or may not have the overall needs of the residents in mind, but expressed themselves through a combination of global and national concepts that may not truly represent the ‘People of South Dakota’.

  3. larry kurtz 2023-05-24 13:20

    Recall Rapid Citian Don Kopp called CO2 the gas of life and confused federal scientists’ findings on climate change with ass-trologic forces,

  4. e platypus onion 2023-05-24 14:08

    Way off topic, Legendary singer with fabulous legs, the one and only, Tina Turner has left the building, age 83.

  5. Bonnie B Fairbank 2023-05-24 15:21

    I just read this online, e p o. The world lost a great talent.

  6. grudznick 2023-05-24 17:35

    Lar, do you recall when Mr. Kopp, along with that fellow named Haverley who was his road-dog, used to occasion our breakfasts and try and twist our minds with their insanerisms when you would visit?

  7. Korey Jackson 2023-05-24 20:09

    What is the basis for proposed setbacks of 750 feet or 330 feet for CO2 pipelines?
    Is the PHMSA minimum of 50 feet insufficient, and results in an excessive risk, as modeled by a formal risk analysis? By what criteria?

    What are the current setback requirements for other pipelines, including natural gas and oil?

  8. Donald Pay 2023-05-24 21:02

    Mike Z., You are so full of poop. There is nothing as manufactured by out-of-state corporate elitists as the ALEC/fossil fuel industry/Republican whores’ effort on climate denial. In fact a lot of the Republican agenda comes out of out-of-state think tanks and bill mills. There are whole books written about the “doubt industry” created by the corporate elitists that mouth the exact phrases you use. I’m sorry that you fall into the “useful idiot” category of Republican/Russian apparatchiks who peddle this nonsense. Do you even know that climate change is a “global” issue? Are you unaware that people all over the globe have been working on this problem since the 1970s? Are you really that dumb that people shouldn’t use the best research and best ideas from all over the globe? How dumb do you think WE, THE PEOPLE, are? For decades your Republican Party has denied there is a climate problem. so I guess it’s some sort of progress that Republicans are now actually talking about taking baby steps to solving the problem.

  9. Donald Pay 2023-05-24 22:12

    Korey Jackson asks the proper questions. Has Minnehaha County done the risk analysis? If not, they should put a moratorium on CO2 pipelines until they have done the proper studies, and asked the public what they think. After all, Mike Z. insists they do all that work locally, and not rely on any expertise from anyone from out-of-state. It’s time to see whether Mike Z. really means it.

  10. All Mammal 2023-05-25 11:50

    Mr. G- I used to work for Mr. Haverley when I was a teenager. I believe he was in the legislatures then. He screwed a lot of women out of fair pay and when I was told that instead of giving me my raise I was promised in order for me not to take another job, I should have some kids to attend his daycare and get on government assistance in lieu of earning cash money, I walked out and then he threatened to sue me for $400, so I paid him years later. Not a great guy so I don’t feel bad eating all those nachos I used to make for myself and the staff.

  11. All Mammal 2023-05-25 12:04

    Mr. Pay and Korey Jackson- the scientific study and resulting data on the safe distances of the current and future proposed pipelines could have been an allocation of that $3,000,000 in climate change preparation grant KN refused to accept from the fed taxpayers. Everyday, I notice another necessary use for that money. Reminds me of this song by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition
    Just Dropped In (to See What Condition My Condition Was In)
    Main Results
    I woke up this mornin’ with the sundown shinin’ in
    I found my mind in a brown paper bag within
    I tripped on a cloud and fell-a eight miles high
    I tore my mind on a jagged sky
    I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in
    I pushed my soul in a deep dark hole and then I followed it in
    I watched myself crawlin’ out as I was a-crawlin’ in
    I got up so tight I couldn’t unwind
    I saw so much I broke my mind
    I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in
    Someone painted “April Fool” in big black letters on a dead end sign
    I had my foot on the gas as I left the road and blew out my mind
    Eight miles outta Memphis and I got no spare
    Eight miles straight up downtown somewhere
    I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in
    I said, I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in

  12. John 2023-05-26 07:53

    US pipeline engineering has gone to hell since design and construction of the no-leak Alaska pipeline.
    This is perhaps because accountants and bean counters are now in charge of design and engineering firms instead of engineers.

    We ought support the proposal for a moratorium on pipelines. The article is about CO2 pipelines. But given the spasm of leaks from other pipelines (except none from the Alaska pipeline), the moratorium ought to extend to all pipelines. This pipeline leakgate is merely another example of the engineers fostering US infrastructure going to hell. (Some engineers busy themselves issuing ‘report cards’ while doing little else to solve the problem.)

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