Water Use Testimony Runs Long, Sometimes Turns Contentious

Oct 29, 2019

Jim Hutmacher, center, talks with hearing examiner Rodney Freeman at Water Management Board hearings Oct. 3-4. Hutmacher chairs the board.
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South Dakota Water Management Board hearings continued on Tuesday, Oct. 29, to determine if water should be allocated to build the Keystone XL pipeline. Two initial days of hearings took place at the beginning of the month.

A witness for TC Energy, formerly TransCanada, spent much of the day on the stand, agreeing with conclusions of a DENR engineer who has recommended issuing the permit.

William Taylor, attorney for TC Energy.
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Toward the end of the day, a witness from the Yankton Sioux Tribe stepped up, and the hearing took a contentious turn.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this story.