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SD PUC Issues Final Order for Keystone XL Pipeline

March 14, 2010

Keystone I pipeline under construction near Yankton, SD in July 2009

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has issued its final order approving the Keystone XL pipeline and setting conditions for its construction.

The day before, the National Energy Board of Canada approved the Keystone XL pipeline in that country.

The pipeline still requires additional permits before construction, such as the issuance of the Presidential Permit.

The public will have a chance to weigh in on the pipeline when the project’s draft environmental impact statement is published. Its release has been delayed by the federal government multiple times. Once it’s published, there will be a public comment period and public hearings.

The draft environmental impact statement is the document that studies how the pipeline would affect human communities and the natural world. It is expected to include socio-economic impacts, cultural resource impacts, wildlife impacts, water quality impacts and more.

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