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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting

Tuesday, November 6, 2007, at 9:30 A.M.

State Capitol Building, Room 412

Pierre, South Dakota


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Consumer Complaints

1.     CN07-001 - In the Matter of the Complaint filed by Thomas McDonald, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, against MidAmerican Energy Company Regarding Disconnection.


        Complaint by Thomas McDonald against MidAmerican Energy regarding MidAmerican's disconnection of his utility service at Mr. McDonald's home and its demand for payment of resulting costs.  Mr. McDonald's natural gas was disconnected after inadequate notice, while he was away from home for three months.  MidAmerican not only disconnected Mr. McDonald's service, but then refused to reconnect his service until he agreed to pay for all costs that resulted from the disconnect.  Mr. McDonald contends he is not responsible for the disconnect costs as he was not aware that the disconnect was imminent due to MidAmerican's inadequate notification.  On October 31, 2007, Mr. McDonald filed a request to withdraw his complaint.

        TODAY, shall the Commission Dismiss the Complaint and Close the Docket?

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 Semmler)

              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.  A scheduling and procedural order was issued at the September 11, 2007, commission meeting. On October 31, 2007, the Commission received a request to move the hearing location from Michael and Susan Sibson. On November 1, 2007, the Commission received a request to move the hearing location from Jerauld Glanzer. On November 1, 2007, Web Water Development, Inc. filed a letter requesting an extension of the date for WEB to file its direct testimony and supporting exhibits.

        TODAY, shall the Commission Change the Location of the Hearing? AND, shall the Commission Grant the Request for Extension of the Date for WEB to File its Direct Testimony and Supporting Exhibits?



Heather K. Forney

Deputy Executive Director

November 1, 2007