Keystone XL

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.

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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:

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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.