An increasing number of Americans don't want controversial carbon pipelines installed on their property (see 1, 2, 3). This has led to local and state lawmakers trying to regulate and/or block development (see 1, 2, 3, 4). Of course, that hasn't stopped companies from forcing unwanted deployment in several states, including South Dakota.
From Argus Leader:
Summit files more than 80 eminent domain lawsuits in 9 South Dakota counties
Leroy Braun never thought he would be sued, because he didn't want a pipeline running through the land he owns.
But as of Friday, Braun is one of many South Dakota landowners being taken to court by Summit Carbon Solutions, a CO2 carbon capture company.
Summit has initiated more than 80 lawsuits against landowners in Beadle, Brown, Codington, Edmunds, Hand, Kingsbury, Lake, McPherson and Spink counties, court records show. The majority of the pending cases were brought on April 24.
Joy Hohn, a landowner advocate, said she was alarmed to see so many landowners named in the court dockets.