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South Dakota Hearings on Keystone Pipeline to Begin

PUC To Hear Oil Pipeline Proposal

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has scheduled four public hearings in June along the route of a proposed oil pipeline that would run through the eastern part of the state.

The TransCanada Keystone Pipeline would carry oil from a terminal at Hardisty, Alberta, to Illinois to supply US refineries. The 1,800-mile pipeline would enter the United States in North Dakota and also cross South Dakota, Nebraska, a corner of Kansas, and Missouri before reaching Illinois.

A federal environmental study is being done of the project, and the states are also being asked to give permits to the pipeline.

TransCanada has asked that the South Dakota PUC approve construction of the pipeline by September 30th. The company wants to begin construction next year and have the pipeline operating by 2009

The PUC has tentatively set public hearings in Yankton, Salem, Clark and Britton from June 25th through June 28th. The oil pipeline would run through Marshall, Day, Clark, Beadle, Kingsbury, Miner, Hanson, Mc-Cook, Hutchinson and Yankton counties.

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