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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009
CONTACT: Leah Mohr, South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, (605) 773-3201

Keystone XL Pipeline Public Input Hearing Scheduled for Nov. 3

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission will hold a public input hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 3 to hear comments about the siting permit application for the South Dakota portion of a crude oil pipeline known as the Keystone XL Project proposed by TransCanada Keystone Pipeline LP. The hearing begins at 6 p.m. CST in Room 414 of the State Capitol in Pierre and will adjourn at the conclusion of comments from all persons who have arrived before 8 p.m.

The proposed pipeline route in South Dakota has an estimated length of 314 miles that will cross portions of Harding, Butte, Perkins, Meade, Pennington, Haakon, Jones, Lyman and Tripp counties. The project also includes seven pump stations to be located in Harding, Meade, Haakon, Jones and Tripp counties. The plans specify two pump stations each in Harding and Tripp counties.

If constructed, the project will transport crude oil starting in Hardisty, Alberta, Canada and ending in the Port Arthur and East Houston areas of Texas. 

The public input session is a component of the PUC hearing on the Keystone XL Pipeline permit application which is scheduled for Nov. 2-6, 2009, in Pierre.

The Nov. 3 session will be the fourth public input hearing before the PUC as part of the Keystone XL proceeding. Earlier public input hearings were held in April in Winner, Philip and Buffalo.

To listen to a live Web cast of the November hearing, go to the PUC Web site,, and click on the "Listen LIVE" link near the top of the home page.

Visit South Dakota Public Utilities Commission docket HP09-001 online for more information about the Keystone XL application and related filings submitted to the commission.