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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting

Tuesday, June 26, 2007, at 10:00 A.M.

USDSU Room 282

2205 Career Place, Sioux Falls, SD

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Hydrocarbon Pipeline

1. HP07-001 In the Matter of the Application of TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP for a Permit under the South Dakota Energy Conversion and Transmission Facility Act to Construct the Keystone Pipeline Project. (Staff Analysts: Martin Bettmann/Bob Knadle/Nathan Solem, Staff Attorney: Kara Van Bockern)

On April 27, 2007, TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP, (Keystone) filed a siting permit application for the South Dakota portion of the Keystone Pipeline Project (Project). The Project will transport crude oil starting in Hardisty, Alberta, Canada and ending in Patoka, Illinois. The proposed 30 inch diameter pipeline will have a nominal capacity of 435,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) with a possible expansion to 591,000 bpd. The proposed route will enter South Dakota at the North Dakota/South Dakota border in Marshall County and extend in a southerly direction, exiting the state at the South Dakota/Nebraska border in Yankton County. The length of the pipeline in South Dakota will be approximately 220 miles and it will cross the counties of Marshall, Day, Clark, Beadle, Kingsbury, Miner, Hanson, McCook, Hutchinson and Yankton. The Project also includes four pump stations in South Dakota located in Day, Beadle, Miner and Hutchinson counties along with 15 mainline valves with an average spacing of 15 miles between valves. On May 8, 2007, the Commission voted to assess a filing fee not to exceed $351,100 with an initial deposit of $8,000; approved the notification process; and approved locations and times for public hearings. At its June 5, 2007, meeting, the Commission voted to extend the intervention deadline to July 10, 2007. On June 6, 2007, commission staff filed a Motion for Release of Information Filed Confidential. Numerous written complaints have been filed with the Commission requesting confidential information filed by Keystone be made available to the general public. Party Status was granted to all that had filed prior to the start of the Ad Hoc commission meeting scheduled for June 12, 2007. Keystone filed redacted documentation on June 15, 2007, which was placed on the PUC Web site on June 20, 2007. On June 21, 2007, staff filed a letter and recommendations regarding the redacted filings.

TODAY, shall the Commission Accept Staff's Recommendations Regarding Confidentially Filed Documents? OR, how shall the Commission Proceed?


Heather K. Forney

Deputy Executive Director

June 22, 2007