South Dakota Pipeline Project Ended in Win for Landowners

The current political climate in the United States is extremely polarized and divisive. America, now nearly three calendar years into Joe Bidens presidency, face another presidential election in November 2024. For the last several years, a significant feeling of uncertainty, tension, and fear has engulfed the national political climate. Since entering the oval office in 2021, Biden has appeared incompetent, incoherent, and feckless as a leader. Americans have taken notice, and the president is disapproved of by a majority of citizens in a most recent poll. Much of the agenda that Biden has fixated on while serving as the head of the executive branch has been one concerned with “green” alternative energy. Biden has bent and acquiesced to the progressive wing of the Democratic party, allowing these radical leaders to take control of much of the agenda of his presidency.

One area of contention in regard to Joe Bidens “green energy” agenda, is the Keystone pipeline. The pipeline, which would have stretched 1,200 miles, was revived during the term president of Trump after being delayed by the Obama administration. It would have connected oil fields in Canada with pipelines in Nebraska, linking oil refineries on the American gulf to supplies of oil. Biden cancelled the project on his first day in office. Ironically, due to international developments in Ukraine and a significant decrease in oil production domestically and internationally, gas prices soared in the months and years following Bidens decision.

Unrelated to the 46th president, another pipeline was nixed in South Dakota after regulators voted in a unanimous decision preventing a company from building a carbon pipeline. The voting commissioners represented the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. Summit Carbon Solution, the company asking for a permit to build the pipeline, had been widely criticized and attacked by local land-owning South Dakotans in opposition of the project. The board had previously denied another company’s application for a similar project last week.