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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting
September 8, 2009, at 1:30 P.M.
Room 413, Capitol Building
Pierre, South Dakota

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Hydrocarbon Pipeline

1.      HP09-001        In the Matter of the Application by TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP for a Permit under the South Dakota Energy Conversion and Transmission Facility Act to Construct the Keystone XL Project. (Staff Analysts: Bob Knadle/Nathan Solem/ Stacy Splittstoesser/Tim Binder, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler)

         On March 12, 2009, TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP, (Keystone) filed a siting permit application for the South Dakota portion of the proposed Keystone XL Project (Project). The Project will transport crude oil starting in Hardisty, Alberta, Canada and ending in Port Arthur and East Houston areas of Texas.  The proposed 36 inch diameter pipeline will have a nominal capacity of 900,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd).  The proposed route will enter South Dakota at the Montana/South Dakota border in Harding County. It will extend in a southeasterly direction through portions of Harding, Butte, Perkins, Meade, Pennington, Haakon, Jones, Lyman, and Tripp counties. It will exit the state at the South Dakota/Nebraska border in Tripp County. The length of pipeline through South Dakota is approximately 313 miles.  The Project also includes seven pump stations in South Dakota located in Harding (2), Meade, Haakon, Jones, and Tripp (2) counties along with 16 mainline valves.  Mainline valves are proposed at each pump station and along the right-of-way with spacing intervals based upon the location of the pump stations, water bodies greater than 100 feet in width, high consequence areas and other considerations.  Mary Jasper filed an Application for Party Status on April 29, 2009.  Paul F. Seamans filed an Application for Party Status on May 4, 2009.  Darrell Iversen filed an Application for Party Status on May 5, 2009.  Carol Moyer and Glen Iversen filed Applications for Party Status on May 8, 2009. Applications for Party Status were filed by Jacqueline Limpert; John H. Harter; Zona Vig; Craig Covey as Chairman of Tripp County Water User District; Caitlin F. Collier representing Dakota Rural Action and David Niemi on May 11, 2009.  Dakota Rural Action filed a Motion for Extension of Time to File Application for Party Status on May 11, 2009.  Applications for Party Status were filed by Debra Niemi and Lon Lyman on May 12, 2009. Requests for Party Status were granted at the May 19, 2009, Commission Meeting. At the same meeting, the Commission voted to deny the Motion for Extension of Time to File Application for Party Status, and in the alternative, the Commission extended the intervention deadline to May 31, 2009. On May 15, 2009, Staff filed a Motion to Establish Procedural Schedule.  On May 29, 2009, the Commission received Applications for Party Status from Ruth M. Iversen and Martin R. Lueck. Staff filed a Letter Regarding Consulting Contracts on May 29, 2009. The Commission established a Procedural Schedule at its June 9, 2009, meeting. On September 3, 2009, Dakota Rural Action filed a Motion for Extension of Time to Submit Testimony.

         TODAY, shall the Commission Grant the Extension of Time to Submit Testimony?

  /S/ Heather K. Forney                   .
Heather K. Forney
Deputy Executive Director
September 4, 2009