South Dakota citizens need to get on the agenda at every county commission meeting and ask commissioners to enact moratoriums until they can draft ordinances concerning routing carbon dioxide pipelines.
We deserve reasonable protection from the CO2 pipelines. Summit Carbon Solutions is a private, for-profit company formed to take advantage of lucrative federal tax credits. It will be the largest and longest CO2 pipeline ever constructed in the U.S. only taking CO2 from ethanol plants. They don’t take CO2 from any other sources that exist. Carbon dioxide is coming from only the fermentation of corn in ethanol plants. At present, it is being injected into the steam that is part of the cook off-process.
Summit will be applying to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for permits to take millions of gallons of water from the artesian aquifer to cool its pumps. This will affect many farms, ranches and small towns that rely on this water source for domestic use.
Spink, Brown and McPherson county commissioners have done an outstanding job of protecting their citizens by passing ordinances that route this hazardous pipeline. Counties have not been swayed by the taxes this pipeline could possibly generate and further enticement of “grant money.” This would be quid pro quo to ascertain affirmative support.
Summit personnel are out in northern Spink and southern Brown counties trying to obtain easements for possible routes. The easements are paying 20% up front with the rest being paid once the pipeline has been built.
When Summit re-files with the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission for a new permit, it will be very important for citizens to attend the PUC meetings to voice their concerns.
Once you sign, you have given up all your rights to the land. How will this affect my family, business, livestock?
Jamie Fisk, Tulare
Many helped make parade of lights a success
We are writing to thank the many community members who were a part of our Dec. 9 downtown parade of lights.
Thank you to city workers and the Aberdeen Police Department for doing a fabulous job with permits, setup and security. You are clearly experts at your jobs, and we appreciate how you made sure everything ran smoothly.
Thanks to the fabulous float entrants for pouring their hearts and hard work into their entries. Many of the float entrants donated to help us raise $500, which was used to purchase three sets of children’s bicycles and helmets for three young girls from Safe Harbor’s Tree of Wishes. We loved that the parade was not only fun for the community, but also helped make a few Christmas gifts extra special for some kids in need.
We are so thankful that Hub City Radio offered to livestream the parade. We received notes from people from all over the U.S. who were able to watch the video. It has more than 10,300 views on the Sunny 97.7 FM Facebook page.
Thank you to those who allowed us to stage the floats in their parking lots and to Silly’s Costumes for bringing your giant Olaf to the Malchow Plaza for free pictures.
Lastly, we want to share our pure joy and gratitude for the overwhelmingly positive response from the community and business members downtown who attended the parade and made it so special. Our mission is to make downtown better for you, and all of the positive comments made our day. It’s great to hear that this event brought smiles to so many faces of all ages. Your appreciation and support of our events and of our local businesses in downtown Aberdeen fuels us to do even more for you in 2024.
Alexa Sheldon, executive director, Aberdeen Downtown Association