Keystone XL

SDPB News: July 7

Jul 7, 2020

How does a U.S. Supreme Court's decision affect construction of the Keystone XL pipeline? Plus, what impact could the Mount Rushmore 4th of July events have on the health of South Dakota's communities?

All this and more in today’s SDPB News Podcast. Find it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.

Chynna Lockett

Two 16 year olds lead hundreds of people in a march against the Keystone XL Pipeline today. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and Lakota activist Tokata Iron Eyes chanted outside the Rapid City mayor's office about the pipeline’s environmental impact. 


Tokata Iron Eyes chants a questions, then Greta Thunberg and hundreds of others follow. 


The rally is full of teenagers supporting these young leaders. Iron Eyes says there’s power in mobilizing and voting in democracies. 


Opponents to the Keystone XL pipeline are asking for more information before South Dakota Water permits are granted for pipeline construction. Opposing parties want the Water Management Board to compel discovery from pipeline parent company TC Energy Corporation, previously known as TransCanada. These issues were the subject of a hearing held Wednesday, May 8, in Pierre to determine rules and scheduling for future hearings.

Environmentalists have been quick to sue President Donald Trump for issuing a new permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. The president issued a new permit that bypasses the U.S. State Department on March 29.

One week later, two pipeline opponents filed a complaint in Montana federal court.

That new permit has kicked off a flurry of activity in Montana federal court.

Feds say the president is within his rights to sign a new permit, and the project will still be subject to federal review.


In The Moment ... March 13, 2019 Show 534 Hour 2

Dakota Political Junkies Seth Tupper and Jon Schaff visit about news from the State Capitol in Pierre on the 39th and final day of the 2019 South Dakota Legislature.

Items include the Keystone XL bills, money for nursing homes, hemp, and more.

  Reporting on politics and public policy is supported by The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University


In The Moment ... March 6, 2019 Show 529 Hour 2

A university free speech bill has been revived, legalized sports betting in South Dakota could go to the 2020 ballot, and Governor Noem proposes bills in anticipation of Keystone XL protests.

Dakota Political Junkies Jonathan Ellis of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and Jon Hunter of the Madison Daily Leader talk about the issues.

  Reporting on politics and public policy is supported by The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University

Montana ACLU

The Montana ACLU has filed suit against four federal agencies in conjunction with the Keystone XL pipeline project. ACLU is alleging violations of the Freedom of Information Act.

The legal director says ACLU was stonewalled by the U.S. departments of Justice, Interior, Defense, and Homeland Security after asking about their training of local and state law enforcement agencies to counteract protestors.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.

In The Moment ... November 27, 2017 Show 227 Hour 1

Canadian Consul General Paul Connors is based in Minneapolis. He recently visited South Dakota to visit with Governor Dennis Daugaard. We spoke with him last week after that visit. We talked about the role of a consul general, Canada's 150th birthday, and, most importantly, the economic partnership between South Dakota farms and businesses and our neighbor to the north.

In The Moment ... October 11, 2017 Show 196 Hour 2

We convene our roundtable of the Dakota Political Junkies for our weekly conversation about state politics. This week we welcome Jonathan Ellis from Argus Leader Media and Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion. We talk about the Keystone XL pipeline, Democrats switching teams, and more.

Three words are posted above my desk at South Dakota Public Broadcasting. These are the core principals the Dakota Midday team endeavors to bring into the studio every day.

One of those words is “Authentic.”

TransCanada has asked the U.S. State Department to suspend its consideration of a permit to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to cross the U.S.-Canada border. The company made its request Monday, Nov. 2, in a brief letter. TransCanada says ongoing litigation in Nebraska has delayed the process at the state level, and so a delay at the federal level is also in order. But a pipeline opponent says there are other reasons TransCanada wants a time out.

For an examination of issues surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline in South Dakota, listen here:

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The National Wildlife Federation intends to sue the federal government over pipeline regulations – and some are in South Dakota. NWF leaders say federal officials aren’t enforcing a 1990s law that helps protect communities, people and animals when oil spills happen. The problem arises when pipelines cross waterways. 

National Wildlife Federation leaders say the US Department of Transportation is failing to comply with the Oil Pollution Act, and they’ve filed a notice of intent to sue. Mike Shriberg is the executive director for the Great Lakes Region.