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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 23, 2015                   

CONTACT: Leah Mohr, deputy executive director, South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, (605) 773-3201 or (605) 280-4327


Keystone XL Pipeline certification public input session scheduled for May 4

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission will hold a public input session on Monday, May 4, 2015, to hear comments about the construction permit certification for the South Dakota portion of the Keystone XL Pipeline proposed by TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP. The session begins at 5:30 p.m. CDT in Room 413 of the State Capitol in Pierre and will adjourn no later than 8:30 p.m.

Individuals offering oral comments to PUC Commissioners Chris Nelson, Kristie Fiegen and Gary Hanson should be prepared to follow these guidelines:

  • A commenter must state his/her name, address and organization, if any.
  • A five-minute time limit will be allowed for each commenter. A commenter may not yield remaining time he/she may have to another speaker.
  • Commenters should not read published documents, such as reports or newsletter articles, as part of their verbal comments but rather submit those items to the commission to become part of the record for this docket.

The PUC will accept written comments at any time, including at the public input session. Public comments must include the commenter's full name and address and should include the docket number (HP14-001) or the project name, as well as the commenter's email address and phone number, if available. These comments can be sent to; PUC, 500 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501 or delivered to the PUC at the public input session. The comments will be filed in the docket.

The public input session precedes the PUC's Keystone XL Pipeline construction permit certification evidentiary hearing that is scheduled for May 5-8 in the State Capitol in Pierre.

The complete docket is available on the PUC website at, Commission Actions, Commission Dockets, Hydrocarbon Pipeline Dockets, 2014 Hydrocarbon Pipeline Dockets. The docket is HP14-001 - In the Matter of the Petition of TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP for Order Accepting Certification of Permit Issued in Docket HP09-001 to Construct the Keystone XL Pipeline.