KXL: Landowner Says Reclamation Failed After First Keystone Pipeline

Aug 4, 2015

This photo was taken by TransCanada public liaison officer Sarah Metcalf at the Sibson farm in July. The picture is one of the exhibits on file with the Public Utilities Commission.

Six years ago, the first Keystone pipeline was under construction through several counties in Eastern South Dakota. One landowner testified Tuesday before the Public Utilities Commission in Pierre that reclamation has not been done. The PUC has been taking testimony for more than a week to determine if TransCanada, the Keystone XL pipeline parent company, can meet 50 conditions attached to its 2010 permit. Among those conditions is land reclamation. The Keystone XL, if built, will run through Western South Dakota.