PUC's Keystone XL Pipeline Certification Appealed To Sixth Circuit

Mar 8, 2017

Inside the courtroom on Wednesday: from right in foreground row are TransCanada attorneys James Moore and William Taylor and intervener attorneys Bob Gough and Peter Capossela. Judge John Brown is in background at left.
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The Keystone XL pipeline is at issue once again, this time in a South Dakota courtroom. Opponents filed an appeal in 2016 after the Public Utilities Commission gave the go-ahead for the pipeline the previous year. On Wednesday in Pierre, a Sixth Circuit judge heard oral arguments in the case.

Dakota Rural Action attorney Robin Martinez, second from left, argues that TransCanada was not prepared for the 2015 certification hearing.
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Opponents say the PUC didn't do its job to ensure that TransCanada can build a safe pipeline.

But the PUC and TransCanada say the outcome followed state law.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks traveled to Pierre to get this report.