An evidentiary hearing on the Keystone XL pipeline will go forward in May. Public Utilities Commissioners heard arguments Tuesday from pipeline opponents who say because TransCanada’s project has changed, it has to go back to the permitting process. But a lawyer for TransCanada says that’s not what South Dakota legislators intended when they wrote the laws governing permits.
The Keystone XL pipeline has another hurdle to jump in South Dakota. TransCanada failed to start construction within four years of receiving a site permit from the Public Utilities Commission, so now it has to prove it still meets conditions. People and groups from South Dakota and elsewhere are lining up to oppose the certification of the permit. Tuesday, at a PUC meeting, the commissioners heard a debate on who should be accepted as an intervening party.
TransCanada’s Keystone X-L Pipeline project is on the PUC agenda again this week. TransCanada has applied for recertification of its permit to build the pipeline through South Dakota. Opponents say the project has changed enough that the company should have to apply for a new permit. On Tuesday Public Utilities Commissioners will hear those arguments.