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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
For the Period March 12, 2009 through March 18, 2009

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HP09-001        In the Matter of the Application by TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP for a Permit under the South Dakota Energy Conversion and Transmission Facility Act to Construct the Keystone XL Project.

On March 12, 2009, TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP, (Keystone) filed a siting permit application for the South Dakota portion of the proposed Keystone XL Project (Project). The Project will transport crude oil starting in Hardisty, Alberta, Canada and ending in Port Arthur and East Houston areas of Texas.  The proposed 36 inch diameter pipeline will have a nominal capacity of 900,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd).  The proposed route will enter South Dakota at the Montana/South Dakota border in Harding County. It will extend in a southeasterly direction through portions of Harding, Butte, Perkins, Meade, Pennington, Haakon, Jones, Lyman, and Tripp counties. It will exit the state at the South Dakota/Nebraska border in Tripp County. The length of pipeline through South Dakota is approximately 313 miles.  The Project also includes seven pump stations in South Dakota located in Harding (2), Meade, Haakon, Jones, and Tripp (2) counties along with 16 mainline valves.  Mainline valves are proposed at each pump station and along the right-of-way with spacing intervals based upon the location of the pump stations, water bodies greater than 100 feet in width, high consequence areas and other considerations.

Staff Analysts: Bob Knadle/Nathan Solem/Stacy Splittstoesser/Tim Binder
Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler
Date Filed: 03/12/09
Intervention Deadline:  05/11/09


PS09-001        In the Matter of the Filing of the Investigation of the Natural Gas Incident of March 14, 2009, on Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.'s System in Rapid City, South Dakota.

            On Saturday, March 14, 2009, an explosion occurred in Rapid City causing over an estimated $100,000 in damage.  Subsequent investigation by the gas company showed leaks in the gas main in front of the facility.  Since the loss level met the minimum required for a reportable pipeline incident and due to leaks found, the incident was reported under 49 CFR 191.3, giving the PUC jurisdiction over the incident.
On March 16, 2009, Commission Staff requested a docket be opened regarding an investigation into the incident.  A report, including Staff's recommendation regarding whether all pipeline safety rules were properly observed, will be filed for Commission approval at the conclusion of Staff's investigation. 

Staff Analysts: Nathan Solem/Stacy Splittstoesser
Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler
Date Filed: 03/16/09
Intervention Deadline: 04/03/09


TC09-010        In the Matter of the Filing for Approval of an Interconnection Agreement between Qwest Corporation and 321 Communications, Inc.

On March 13, 2009, the Commission received a filing for approval of an Interconnection Agreement between Qwest Corporation and 321 Communications, Inc.  Any party wishing to comment on the Agreement may do so by filing written comments with the Commission and the parties to the Agreement no later than April 2, 2009.  Parties to the Agreement may file written responses to the comments no later than twenty days after service of the initial comments. 

Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler
Date Filed: 03/13/09
Initial Comments Due: 04/02/09

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