Carbon capture pipeline meeting set in Casselton

Tharaldson Ethanol at Casselton, North Dakota, is one of 31 ethanol plants that would connect to a planned carbon capture pipeline. Iowa-based Summit Carbon Solutions is behind the $4.5 billion project.

Carbon emissions could be reduced by as much as 90% at Tharaldson Ethanol in Casselton, North Dakota, after it connects to a carbon capture pipeline.
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CASSELTON, N.D. — An organizational meeting for landowners in the path of a planned carbon capture pipeline is set for Thursday, April 7 in Casselton.

The Dakota Resource Council is organizing the meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 702 First St. N. in Casselton.

The agenda listed by the council includes safety concerns for the hazardous material, organizing strategy and legal options.

Joining the meeting by Zoom will be Brian Jorde, an attorney with Domina Law in Nebraska, a firm that represents landowners concerned about the controversial pipeline and the potential use of eminent domain to obtain right-of-way.

Tharaldson Ethanol at Casselton is one of 31 ethanol plants that would connect to a carbon capture pipeline being planned by Iowa-based Summit Carbon Solutions .


A branch of the pipeline is planned to run from the Green Plains ethanol plant at Fergus Falls, Minnesota, west across the Red River, where it will join up with the feeder line from Tharaldson Ethanol. There could also be a branch running south from a planned fertilizer plant at Grand Forks, North Dakota, to join the line near Casselton.

The feeder lines are part of a 2,000 mile $4.5 billion carbon capture project involving ethanol plants in five states.

The main line would run from Iowa through eastern South Dakota, into North Dakota. It would end northwest of Bismarck, where Summit says it plans to permanently store the carbon underground.

Last month, an event at Tharaldson Ethanol announced that oil company Continental Resources would invest $250 million in the project and lend its North Dakota geology expertise to Summit.

Gary Tharaldson, the owner of Tharaldson Ethanol, said the buy-in of Harold Hamm and Continental Resources, "is going to make this better for us than we had already expected."

Summit will need to file for permits with the North Dakota Public Service Commission for the pipeline and the North Dakota Industrial Commission for the storage site.

Bruce Rastetter speaks at a podium
Bruce Rastetter, the CEO of Summit Agricultural Group, the parent company of Summit Carbon Solutions, speaks in Casselton, North Dakota, on Wednesday, March 2, about plans for a carbon capture pipeline running from Iowa to North Dakota.
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Bruce Rastetter, CEO of Summit Agricultural Group, the parent company of Summit Carbon Solutions, said the project will lower the carbon score for the ethanol plants by half by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

A map of the Summit Carbon Solutions pipeline project
A map of the Summit Carbon Solutions pipeline project as it travels into Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota.
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Summit would like to start construction in 2023 and have the pipeline operating in 2024.


While liquid carbon dioxide can be used for enhanced oil recovery, Summit has said that is not in its business plan .

Reach Jeff Beach at or call 701-451-5651 (work) or 859-420-1177.
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