U.S. State Department

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:

Victoria Wicks

An economist from Oregon said Monday that the U.S. State Department’s socio-economic study of the Keystone XL pipeline is seriously flawed. The report was not generated by TransCanada but is included as an exhibit for PUC commissioners’ consideration. Kevin Cahill testified for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe at the ongoing Public Utilities Commission hearing, held to determine if TransCanada can meet the 50 conditions imposed on a 2010 permit.

For a thorough look at the Keystone projects and their effects on South Dakota economy, go to the following links to find past SDPB coverage.

File photo by Victoria Wicks

On Monday Congress returns to Washington. At some point during the week the Congressional act authorizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline will hit President Barack Obama’s desk. He has vowed to veto the bill passed by the House and Senate. This issue has polarized the country politically in a way that hasn’t been attached to any other pipeline construction. SDPB’s Victoria Wicks takes a brief look at South Dakota’s history with this issue.