PUC delays permitting process for Keystone XL Pipeline

From a release out this afternoon, it looks like the South Dakota PUC is dragging their feet on the Keystone XL re-permitting process:

PUC postpones May 4 public input session for Keystone XL Pipeline certification

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission announces that the public input session scheduled for May 4, 2015, in Pierre, to hear comments about the construction permit certification for the South Dakota portion of the Keystone XL Pipeline proposed by TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP, has been postponed. A rescheduled date will be announced by the commission later.

Today the commission voted to postpone the evidentiary hearing for the PUC’s Keystone XL Pipeline construction permit certification evidentiary hearing that was originally scheduled for May 5-8 in the State Capitol in Pierre. The commission will discuss setting new evidentiary hearing dates at its April 30, 2015, commission meeting.

The complete Keystone XL Pipeline construction permit certification docket is available on the PUC website at www.PUC.SD.gov, Commission Actions, Commission Dockets, Hydrocarbon Pipeline Dockets, 2014 Hydrocarbon Pipeline Dockets. The docket is HP14-001 – In the Matter of the Petition of TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP for Order Accepting Certification of Permit Issued in Docket HP09-001 to Construct the Keystone XL Pipeline.


4 thoughts on “PUC delays permitting process for Keystone XL Pipeline”

  1. I don’t think it’s the PUC’s fault. Chris Nelson said he was ready to proceed. I think it’s the opponents (such as the Tribes) that requested the delay since they’re so disorganized and their objections are so flimsy.

    1. The only foot-dragging was done by TransCanada in the releasing of required documents……

  2. Since this project is a big no go with President Obama and will be President Hillary Clinton will they send the pipe back to India or recycle it here in the US?

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