PUC - TransCanada oil pipeline public hearings

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has scheduled public input hearings 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.

Three hearings will be held in April in Winner, Philip and Buffalo.

•Monday, April 27, at noon (CDT) at the Winner Community Playhouse, 733 E. Leahy Bowl Drive in Winner.

•Monday, April 27, at 7:00 p.m. (MDT) at the Philip High School Fine Arts Building, 330 Scottie Avenue in Philip.

•Tuesday, April 28, at 6:00 p.m. (MDT) at the Memorial Recreation Center, 204 Hodge Street in Buffalo.

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.

For more information on the Keystone XL application, visit the PUC website at www.puc.sd.gov. Select "Commission Actions," then "Commission Dockets" and "2009 Hydrocarbon Pipeline." Click on the docket titled HP09-001 to access the documents.