Summit gets another shot at carbon pipeline in North Dakota

(The Center Square) – Summit Carbon Solutions will get another chance at a carbon pipeline in North Dakota after a ruling by the state’s public service commission.

State rules supersede local zoning ordinances based on changes made in 2019, said Randy Christmann, chairman of the North Dakota Public Service Commission.

“I know it may not be very popular to declare local control is being superseded, but when it comes to these pipelines, not electric transmission lines, not power plants, but pipelines, we don’t have that flexibility anymore,” Christmann said.

Burleigh County and a group called the Bismarck Area Intervenors argued that the state rule only applied to construction permits, and SCS only asked for a certificate of site compatibility. However, the issue before the PSC was not whether the state rules preempt local zoning but whether the preemption is automatic, according to the order.

“The Commission concludes that, based on the plain
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