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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting
July 21, 2015, at 9:30 A.M. CDT
Room 413, Capitol Building
Pierre, South Dakota

NOTE:  If you wish to join this meeting by conference call, please contact the Commission at 605-773-3201 by 5:00 p.m. CDT on Monday, July 20, 2015. Lines are limited and are given out on a first come, first served basis, subject to possible reassignment to accommodate persons who must appear in a proceeding. Ultimately, if you wish to participate in the Commission Meeting and a line is not available, you may have to appear in person. 

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NOTE:  Notice is further given to persons with disabilities that this Commission meeting is being held in a physically accessible place. If you have special needs, please notify the Commission and we will make all necessary arrangements.


Hydrocarbon Pipeline

1.     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 (Staff Analysts: Brian Rounds, Darren Kearney; Staff Attorney: Kristen Edwards)

On May 28, 2015, the Commission issued an Order Granting TransCanada’s Motion to Preclude Witnesses (Order). In its Order, the Commission precluded testimony from Intertribal Council on Utility Policy (COUP) witnesses Dr. James Hansen, Dr. George Seielstad, and Dr. Robert Oglesby. The Commission found that the testimony, which related to climate change, was beyond the scope of the certification proceeding. On June 26, 2015, the COUP filed prefiled rebuttal testimony for Dr. James Hansen and Dr. Robert Oglesby. On July 20, 2015, the Commission received Intertribal COUP’s Motion for Reconsideration of the May 28, 2015, Order to Preclude Rebuttal Witnesses and Objection to Keystone’s July 10th Motion to Preclude (Motion for Reconsideration). On July 16, 2015, Diana Steskal filed a Motion for Time Certain for Witness Testimony (Motion). In her Motion, Ms. Steskal states that she is only available to appear on July 29 and 30, and requests to present her testimony at that time.

     TODAY, shall the Commission grant COUP’s Motion for Reconsideration? AND, shall the Commission grant Diana Steskal’s Motion for Time Certain for Witness Testimony?

/s/Cindy Kemnitz     
Cindy Kemnitz
Finance Manager
PUC Email
July 20, 2015