Today, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) denied Navigator CO2 the application for its carbon capture pipeline project.
The application was denied unanimously by all the three members of the PUC with a lack of proof on a number of issues being cited as the reason.
Navigator CO2’s project is one of the three major carbon capture pipelines that have been proposed in the United States, all of which have faced pushback from landowners, largely due to safety concerns and leakage or rupture risks.
The pipeline is set to cross five Midwest states and annually transport 15 million metric tons of CO2 emitted predominantly by ethanol and fertilizer producers.
Even despite having the permit application for its pipeline denied in South Dakota, Navigator CO2 remains optimistic and has stated that it will continue to pursue the permitting processes along the pipeline route.