KXL Supporters: Water Quality Not Considered In Permitting Process

Jan 14, 2020

Peter Capossela, attorney for Rosebud Sioux Tribe and Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance
Credit Victoria Wicks file photo

Supporters and opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline summarized eleven days of testimony before the South Dakota Water Management Board on Tuesday, Dec. 14.

Attorneys for the South Dakota Water Rights Program and for TC Energy hold that state law limits the board's consideration specifically to the use of water during pipeline construction.

But opponents say the board has an obligation to consider potential water contamination and health consequences after the pipeline is finished.