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A Montana federal judge has invalidated a key permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.

In an order handed down Wednesday, April 15, Judge Brian Morris says a permit issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers bypassed necessary environmental reviews.

The order says TC Energy, formerly TransCanada, cannot build across waterways along the pipeline route until the Corps does more work on the permit.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.

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A bill to protect utilities from vandalism and trespassing has cleared its first committee hearing. The bill includes protections for electrical and communications structures, pipelines, and temporary pipe yards.

The Senate Energy and Commerce Committee has removed a controversial section from the original bill. But at least one legislator says the state might still end up in court, as it did last year with the "riot boosting" law. Victoria Wicks has this report for SDPB.

Victoria Wicks

Activists are gathering in Rapid City to protest the "riot boosting" law passed at the end of the 2019 legislative session. The legislation is the subject of a hearing to be held on Wednesday, June 11, at the federal courthouse in Rapid City.

At the request of Governor Kristi Noem, lawmakers pushed the bill through to address protests against the Keystone XL pipeline. It holds protest supporters civilly and criminally liable if a riot breaks out.

Several groups sued in federal court to stop that law from going into effect.


The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a challenge to a new South Dakota law designed to protect construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from "riot boosters."

Governor Kristi Noem and Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg are included as defendants. In the last full week of the 2019 legislative session, Noem pushed through two bills to prevent another Standing Rock situation if the Keystone XL pipeline is built.

Noem signed the new legislation on Wednesday, March 27, and the ACLU filed its complaint in South Dakota federal court on Thursday, March 28.

Two controversial bills addressing the cost of hosting pipelines have landed on the governor's desk ready for Kristi Noem's signature.

One law sets up a fund to pay for the pipeline-related costs incurred by state and local governments.

The other introduces the term "riot boosting" and links the actions of rioters to the organizations that support their causes.

Big Sioux River Cleanup

Feb 4, 2014

Project AWARE (A Watershed Awareness River Expedition) is the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' annual week-long river cleanup.  Each year AWARE volunteers collect tons of trash (72% of which has been recycled) from miles of rivers.  This year South Dakota will benefit as they have selected the Big Sioux River from Gitchie Manitou to North Sioux City as its targeted cleanup from July 12-19.  Project AWARE coordinator Lynette Seigley presents an informational meeting Thursday at 7:00 p.m.