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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting

Tuesday, June 12, 2007, at 1:30 P.M.

Room 412, State Capitol Building

Pierre, South Dakota 

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Hydrocarbon Pipeline  

1.      HP07-001      In the Matter of the Application of TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP for a Permit under the South Dakota Energy Conversion and Transmission Facility Act to Construct the Keystone Pipeline Project.  (Staff Analysts:  Martin Bettmann/Bob Knadle/Nathan Solem, Staff Attorney:  Kara Van Bockern)  

On April 27, 2007, TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP, (Keystone) filed a siting permit application for the South Dakota portion of the Keystone Pipeline Project (Project). The Project will transport crude oil starting in Hardisty, Alberta, Canada and ending in Patoka, Illinois.  The proposed 30 inch diameter pipeline will have a nominal capacity of 435,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) with a possible expansion to 591,000 bpd.  The proposed route will enter South Dakota at the North Dakota/South Dakota border in Marshall County and extend in a southerly direction, exiting the state at the South Dakota/Nebraska border in Yankton County.  The length of the pipeline in South Dakota will be approximately 220 miles and it will cross the counties of Marshall, Day, Clark, Beadle, Kingsbury, Miner, Hanson, McCook, Hutchinson and Yankton.  The Project also includes four pump stations in South Dakota located in Day, Beadle, Miner and Hutchinson counties along with 15 mainline valves with an average spacing of 15 miles between valves.  On May 8, 2007, the Commission voted to assess a filing fee not to exceed $351,100 with an initial deposit of $8,000; approved the notification process; and approved locations and times for public hearings.  At its June 5, 2007, meeting, the Commission voted to extend the intervention deadline to July 10, 2007.  Bernard V. Kayser filed an Application for Party Status on May 29, 2007.  Thomas Johnston and Maxine Johnston filed an Application for Party Status on May 31, 2007.  On June 1, 2007, Ronald Jenkins; Thomas Riddle; and Earl Keller filed Applications for Party Status.  Applications for Party Status were filed by Daryl Heckenlaible; the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks; Gladys Stromberg; Curt Hohn; Paul Fishbach as Chairman of WEB Water Development Association, Inc.; Alan Aughenbaugh; Rodrick Tobin & Reed Rasmussen of WEB Water Development Association, Inc.; Robert Papendick; Robert Hofer; Alvin Hofer; Donald Jarrett; Margaret Heard; David Mensch; and Lillian Anderson on June 4, 2007.  On June 5, 2007, Rory King representing MMP, Inc. and Merl Moeckly Co.; Duane Hacecky; and Kent Moeckly filed Applications for Party Status.  On June 6, 2007, commission staff filed a Motion for Release of Information Filed Confidential.  Numerous written complaints have been filed with the Commission requesting confidential information filed by Keystone be made available to the general public.   

TODAY, how shall the Commission Proceed Regarding the Request for Public Release of/and or Access to Documents Filed by Keystone as Confidential?  AND, shall the Commission Grant Intervention to Requesting Parties?  AND, how shall the Commission Proceed Regarding Procedure at its June 25, 26 and 27, 2007, Keystone Pipeline Public Hearings?



Heather K. Forney

Deputy Executive Director

June 6, 2007