90 Miles From Tyranny : South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem No Help to Over 80 Landowners Facing Eminent Domain Property Loss for Carbon Capture Pipeline

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Saturday, June 10, 2023

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem No Help to Over 80 Landowners Facing Eminent Domain Property Loss for Carbon Capture Pipeline

Dozens of landowners in South Dakota are facing eminent domain lawsuits for a controversial carbon capture pipeline, and their elected Republican leaders—including Governor Kristi Noem—are doing nothing to stop it.

The technology captures carbon dioxide pollution from ethanol plants, power plants and steel factories, and stores it deep underground. The Inflation Reduction Act, signed into law by Joe Biden last year, massively expanded tax credits for carbon capture technologies.

Carbon Capture companies claim the technology will help the U.S. meet its greenhouse gas emissions goals, but the pipelines are already proving to be potentially dangerous. In February of 2020, a CO2 pipeline ruptured in a small town in Mississippi, endangering hundreds of lives, at least 45 of whom were hospitalized with CO2 poisoning.

Cars stopped working, hobbling emergency response. People lay on the ground, shaking and unable to breathe. First responders didn’t know what was going on. “It looked like you were going through the zombie apocalypse,” says Jack Willingham, emergency director for Yazoo County.

A company called Summit Carbon Solutions (SCS) has gone to court to seize the property rights of more than 80 South Dakota landowners because their land is in the path of a planned 2,000-mile carbon capture pipeline the company plans to build.

The pipeline, which plans to run through five states, would capture carbon dioxide from ethanol plants in Iowa and store it underground in North Dakota.

Jared Bossly, 42, is one of the landowners facing the loss of his property over the controversial project.

Conservative influencer Greg Price spoke with Bossly after surveyors from the company trespassed on his farm in Brown County, South Dakota and entered his home uninvited.

The Bossly family grows “corn, beans, and alfalfa in addition to raising cattle,” Price reported on Substack. “They also plant trees all over the property as a windbreak to protect the herd.”

Bossley has put his entire life into his work, and has passed those values along to his children. He and his 17-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son work on the farm daily to do the right things for the land.

Every spare penny the Bossly family has goes into their farm. Interviewing Bossly, I was struck by the level of care they put into their work.

On this particular day, he was nine miles away from his residence when he received a text from his wife, who works as a nurse but was home that day on leave from her job while recovering from gallbladder surgery.

She was in the shower when she heard their front door open and a voice yell “hello.”

Mrs. Bossly said she called her husband and asked if he was expecting anybody, and he said no. She then got dressed and went downstairs to see who had entered her home.

Reportedly, the surveyors walked into Bossly’s shop adjacent to their home and then returned to their farmland.

The farmer said he told his wife to find out who they were. With him on speakerphone, the men allegedly told her they were surveyors and he warned them that they shouldn’t be there without the Sheriff.

Later on, according to Bossly, a detective showed up on their property because the Summit surveyors had gone to the police and claimed that Bossly had threatened to kill them, a charge that he vehemently denied. “I had a six-second conversation with them over the phone,” Bossly explained.

Bossly also told his story to Fox Business earlier this week:

The company went on to file a complaint and contempt of court charge against Bossly, claiming he threatened to shoot land surveyors.

Judge Richard Sommers, who presided over the May 31 hearing, declined to hold the farmer in contempt but ordered lawyers for both sides to determine an acceptable time for the surveyors to...

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Anonymous said...

Isn't she a mother wefer?

Anonymous said...

Is Kristy perhaps holding back as she waits further developments in this issue? Just asking. She may be working out of view for a proper time to forcefully come forward. This headline does not comport with her typical sensible and reliable and deliberate performance historically. Let’s not be too quick to assign blame.

Anonymous said...

Again. ND and Ms Noem are not currently signatories to the WEF’s NGA. National Governors Assoc. therefore she and ND,have to date at least, been separated from any association with WEF and their demands. Let’s hope this separation is sustainable.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm....sensors indicate a pay off for this. Look at her bank statements. No one in politics do the clean thing anymore. All leeches.

Anonymous said...

Wonder how many of those workers would stay on the job if they started catching rounds from distance

Beatrice said...

Do they have something on her too?

Anonymous said...

I thought that only governments and the railroad could take you through eminent domain. I was always told that private companies cannot.