Pipeline Casts Uncertainty Over Landowner's Life

Mar 18, 2019

John Harter on the courthouse lawn in Pierre, before the beginning of a Sixth Circuit review of PUC's certification of TransCanada's application for a permit for Keystone XL.
Credit Victoria Wicks file photo

The Keystone XL pipeline has been on-again, off-again since 2008. That's when TransCanada first applied for a presidential permit to build the pipeline across the U.S./Canada border.

South Dakota rancher John Harter has known since the beginning that the pipeline is planned to cross his land near Winner.

He says he's relieved that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals left a Montana injunction in place, but he realizes this might not be the end.