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TransCanada Says State’s Experts Are Wrong about Keystone XL

October 20, 2009
Keystone I pipeline under construction near Yankton, SD

Keystone I pipeline under construction near Yankton, SD

While the Keystone XL pipeline controversy is usually thought of as TransCanada vs. landowners, last week a different drama quietly played on without public attention. TransCanada filed rebuttal testimony that argued some of the state’s expert witnesses are wrong.

Areas of dispute include pipeline safety, protection of cultural resources, protection of wildlife resources, soil erosion, habitat fragmentation, coordination with emergency responders, and private well protection. (The links go to .pdfs of TransCanada rebuttal testimony that contain those topics.)

One example of an issue that has important implications for water resources along the pipeline’s proposed route: the state’s expert witness recommended that fuel storage and refueling activities be prohibited within 400 feet of private wells (page 12). TransCanada’s rebuttal testimony said no to that recommendation (page 3) and instead argued the protection zone should be only 100 feet.

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