KXL: PUC Hearings Extended To Accommodate Lengthy Testimony

Jul 30, 2015

SD Public Utilities Commission Chairman Chris Nelson, left, and Commissioner Gary Hanson at the KXL hearing. This photo was taken during a happier moment, before the time for hearing was extended.
Credit Victoria Wicks

Time set for the Keystone XL hearing in Pierre has been extended. The Public Utilities Commission had set the week of July 27 through Aug. 4, with a clear weekend. But today (Thursday), TransCanada’s witnesses are still on the stand, and interveners’ witnesses are still to come.

The delay comes largely because each TransCanada witness is subject to cross-examination by about a dozen interveners, one at a time. Questioning is detailed and lengthy, as are objections and discussions of the hearing’s format.

The purpose of the hearing is to determine if TransCanada can meet the conditions set for its permit issued in 2010.

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