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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 2, 2009
CONTACT: Leah Mohr, Communications Manager, South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, (605) 773-3201

PUC schedules TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline public input hearings

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has scheduled public input hearings in Winner, Philip and Buffalo in April to hear comments regarding 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.

Hearings will be held:

Monday, April 27
Noon (CDT)       Winner Community Playhouse, 733 E Leahy Bowl Dr, Winner, S.D.
7 p.m. (MDT)     Philip High School Fine Arts Building, 330 Scottie Ave., Philip, S.D.

Tuesday, April 28
6 p.m. (MDT)     Memorial Recreation Center, 204 Hodge St., Buffalo, S.D.

The proposed pipeline route in South Dakota has an estimated length of 313 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. Harding and Tripp counties are each scheduled to receive two pump stations.

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

Visit South Dakota Public Utilities Commission docket HP09-001 online for more information about the Keystone XL application.