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SDPB News: Aug 6

Aug 6, 2020
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How are schools in the state anticipating students coming back to classrooms... despite still working on plans to do so.

Plus, South Dakota is buzzing with rumors of Amazon coming to Sioux Falls, but Amazon has no comment.

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SDPB News: July 15

Jul 15, 2020
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Each day, SDPB's journalism team works to bring you pertinent news coverage. We then compile those stories into one neatly formatted daily podcast so that you can stay informed. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

A natural gas company in Omaha, Nebraska plans to replace an aging pipeline that runs through parts of southeastern South Dakota.

 

The Northern Natural Gas Company is abandoning 79 miles of existing pipeline that runs from Sioux Falls to Sioux City, Iowa. The company is planning to construct a new pipeline near the existing location.

  

TransCanada

Landowners and regulators are watching as crews search for the source of an oil sheen in southeastern South Dakota. The Keystone Pipeline is shut down as TransCanada teams drill for soil samples and excavate to figure out how oil got into the land. Officials with TransCanada say the oil covers about 300 square feet of land near Freeman.

Public Utilities Commissioners have approved a permit for an oil pipeline built across eastern South Dakota. The pipeline is more than 1,100 miles long and will transport crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Illinois. Commissioners approved the permit with conditions on a split vote.

The local segment of the Dakota Access Pipeline stretches from the North Dakota border 272 miles across South Dakota to the Iowa state line. It includes one pump station, and the proposed route crosses 13 eastern South Dakota counties.

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.

SD "Last Battleground" On KXL

Jan 9, 2015

The Nebraska Supreme Court left in place a state law that gives the governor the power to approve Keystone XL pipeline.

You can hear the story by clicking play below.

KXL Fails To Pass U.S. Senate

Nov 18, 2014

The U.S. Senate has refused a bill that would send approval of the Keystone Pipeline project to the president’s desk.

Those opposing the Keystone pipeline are claiming a small victory.   Keith Fielder is one of the occupiers at the "Spirit Camp" on the pipeline route near the Rosebud Reservation.   He says the short term construction jobs aren’t worth the long term threat to the water supply from an oil spill.

Tribes Rally D.C. On KXL

Apr 24, 2014

Tribal leaders and state residents from across South Dakota spent part of this week in Washington D.C. rallying and lobbying against the Keystone pipeline.

Representatives from each tribe in the state took part in an Earth Day protest against the proposed project.

While opponents remain adamantly against the pipeline–company officials point out that the project is not crossing reservation land and that many rural landowners are in favor of the proposal.

 

Arkansas Oil Spill Raises Concerns Over Keystone XL

Apr 1, 2013

An oil pipeline spill that flooded tar sands crude oil into an Arkansas suburb over the weekend has raised concerns about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline planned to cross South Dakota.

The Arkansas spill was along an Exon pipeline –it’s separate from the TransCanada company pushing for the Keystone expansion–but some South Dakota landowners say the threat of an environmental disaster is real.

SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray has this story.