The state Public Utilities Commission continues to hash out procedures leading up to a hearing this summer. The Keystone XL pipeline is on the docket at the end of July for an evidentiary hearing, but commissioners will continue to decide on rules governing the proceedings up until then.
In a hearing Thursday, pipeline opponents asked the PUC to either eliminate or amend an order protecting confidential material. Attorneys say the order prevents them from working efficiently with information turned over to them by TransCanada. The protection order is part of the rules set for the discovery process leading up to the evidentiary hearing to be held July 27 through August 4 in Pierre.