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Hansen Sad That Summit Carbon Solutions Uses Second Amendment to Take South Dakotans’ Freedom

In a cruel turn of Second Amendment events, Representative Jon Hansen (R-25/Dell Rapids) alleges that a carbon sequestration pipeline company is sending armed guards with its surveyors onto a landowner’s property without the landowner’s permission:

Rep. Jon Hansen, tweet, 2023.06.06.
Rep. Jon Hansen, tweet, 2023.06.06.

Being really bad at journalism (remember the blog he launched in 2021? Yeah, Hansen barely does, either), Hansen doesn’t tell us when the picture was taken (“currently” is a vague term, possibly referring to yesterday, June 6, or possibly referring more broadly to the current state of law, which says companies applying for PUC permits for projects that will use eminent domain may enter private property where the project will happen without landowner permission, and which Hansen and his fellow defenders of freedom have consistently failed to change), where the picture was taken (I have to go to Hansen’s fellow young radical conservative Greg Price to read that the photo came from McPherson County, though how “Philly guy” Price knows that location is unclear), whose property was invaded by armed corporate goons (was it Jared Bossly, whom Summit Carbon Solutions alleged threatened their crew’s lives and who dressed up for Fox Business Monday to show video his wife took of not apparently armed dudes in a “random unmarked pickup with Louisiana plates” illegally entering his farm shop?), or who the corporate invaders were (wouldn’t be hard to take another picture and get license plates and corporate logos on the trucks).

I agree with Representative Hansen that this corporate invasion of private property is not freedom; it is tyranny. But I find it ironic that Hansen is now crying about his Iowa Republican friends’ use of the Second Amendment to defend their unfortunately legal right to intrude on the property rights of South Dakotans who have been duped by Hansen and his party into believing that Republicans and guns will protect their freedom.


  1. Richard Schriever 2023-06-07 05:44

    I bet if we asked that guy with the gun, invading SD property, who he voted for in 2020, the name would start with a T.

  2. larry kurtz 2023-06-07 07:26

    Recall mercenaries and National Guard troops brutalized many of the thousands of demonstrators camped on federal land near Cannon Ball where some 761 people were arrested between early August, 2016 and late February, 2017. Donald Trump’s thugs even referred to the American Indians and their compatriots as jihadists and insurgents.

    Summit also said it would be “improbable” that the company could get required federal permits for a river crossing to the south of Bismarck “based on lessons learned from the Dakota Access Pipeline.” The Corps faced lengthy litigation from tribes that reached the U.S. Supreme Court, and the agency is still working on a court-mandated environmental study of the DAPL river crossing six years after oil began flowing through the pipeline.

  3. O 2023-06-07 10:46

    Whoa, whoa whoa, are you telling me that the Second Amendment means the OTHER guy gets to have a gun too?

  4. Donald Pay 2023-06-07 11:57

    I give Rep. Hansen props for calling attention to the injustices being perpetrated in order to ram this project over the objections of landowners. Progressives and conservatives should work together to defeat these projects.

  5. Ed 2023-06-07 13:27

    I agree with Donald, and we are working together to defeat these hazardous pipelines. Rep. Hansen has been a strong ally for landowners who want to send Summit and Navigator packing. This fight is non-partisan. Summit, a private company, is using condemnation lawsuits and invasive surveys on private property with armed security against landowners wishes. All this without even having a permitted project and backed with billions of dollars from foreign adversarial interests. This is wrong!

  6. Arlo Blundt 2023-06-07 15:20

    McPherson County is about 85% Republican. Those folks may be rethinking their political affiliation.

  7. grudznick 2023-06-07 15:57

    Lar, those fellows squatting at Cannonball were environmental terrorists and ecological saboteurs, besides being mostly drug fiends. grudznick and my good friend Bob roadtripped it up there to see once when I was riding with him on a trip when he was narcing for The Man.

  8. All Mammal 2023-06-07 17:40

    I went to Cannonball to donate food and coffee, and I didn’t encounter what Mr. Grudznick described. I saw desperate, peaceful people begging for their right to live on clean land and drink clean water.
    Watch what you say about Mr. Newland, Mr. G(:

    Boy, get a look at the front end of that beast. I never understood large grilles made out of toy-like materials on workhorse vehicles…..

    This situation is building pressure, and like the pipeline it’s concerning, it will blow.

  9. larry kurtz 2023-06-07 17:45

    Bless your heart, DU. Just know that responding to crudzdick is like winding up one of those toy monkeys.

  10. Dave Spier 2023-06-07 19:03

    I have not seen the environmental or safety studies on this CO2 pipeline.

    What is the estimated death toll when this pipeline breaks in a highly populated area? Since Minnehaha county cut the off-set distance in half, it seems that number would be larger.

  11. Dave Spier 2023-06-07 19:05

    I have not seen the environmental or safety studies on this CO2 pipeline.

    What is the estimated death toll when this pipeline breaks in a highly populated area? Since Minnehaha county cut the off-set distance in half, it seems that number would be larger.

  12. grudznick 2023-06-07 19:47

    I suspect it is a Zero estimated death toll, Mr. Spier. Our air is filled with CO2.

  13. leslie 2023-06-07 19:48

    grdz: and Lakota elders w/decades of sobriety, integrity, and Korean and Vietnam combat decoration. You? Merely a lying pimple.

  14. grudznick 2023-06-07 20:29

    There may have been some sobered up fellows there, you never really know. We do know there was mass drug use, and the ecological disaster that the vandals who cut fences and killed cattle caused just in poluting the water alone is still a gaping wound on Mother Gaia.

  15. grudznick 2023-06-07 20:32

    Cleanup crews have removed 48 million pounds of trash so far from the largest Dakota Access oil pipeline protest camp — and they’re not finished yet.

    The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services said Tuesday that a Florida-based contractor hired at a cost of $1 million to clear trash, waste and other debris from the Oceti Sakowin camp has hauled 24,000 tons of garbage since protesters were evacuated Thursday from the area.

    “Cleanup at the former #Dapl protest site is nearly complete. As of today, 48,000,000 pounds of garbage has been removed from this location,” NDResponse said in a late Tuesday post on Facebook.

    The department’s NDResponse page also posted a video showing bulldozers hauling away abandoned vehicles and trailers, as well as workers rounding up dozens of discarded propane tanks.

  16. P. Aitch 2023-06-07 20:46

    grudznichts- White settlers have exploited Native American lands for resources such as timber, minerals, and agricultural land, often leading to damage and depletion of ecosystems for centuries. This exploitation frequently ignored the traditional Native American practices of living in harmony with the land and respecting its resources.
    The neglect of the environment and the failure to manage natural resources have resulted in pollution, habitat destruction, and degradation of the land by white oppressors that has further impacted Native American communities.
    Overall, the mistreatment of Native American land has been a tragic and ongoing injustice that has caused great harm to individuals and communities.
    🦬 Leaving their trash for white exploiters to remove was a brilliant stroke of irony. 🦉

  17. larry kurtz 2023-06-07 20:58

    That the SDGOP is ripping itself apart over the definition of conservation is neither sustainable nor conservative but it is the way.

  18. Richard Schriever 2023-06-07 22:36

    grudz – You are the squatter on their land.

  19. Mark Mowry 2023-06-08 06:05

    Air quality in Onida (Ringneck Energy) and Chancellor (POET) seems fine. Why this insistence on pipelines?

  20. Ed 2023-06-08 06:41

    The whole thing is a scam that is financed by the U.S. taxpayer in the form of massive tax credits. Summit, Navigator, and their investors stand to make billions of dollars each year while being allowed to seize private property by eminent domain. If this is allowed to be done, no property owner will ever be safe in the future.

  21. larry kurtz 2023-06-08 08:22

    Mr. Mowry, if you run for the US House or for the legislature from your district as an unaffiliated candidate I will send you some money.

  22. All Mammal 2023-06-08 12:08

    How does 24,000 tons come out to 48 million pounds?

  23. All Mammal 2023-06-08 13:41

    Never mind. It’s all my fault I never learned arithmetic:/

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