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


Chairman Dusty Johnson called the meeting to order.  Present were: Vice Chairman Steve Kolbeck: Commissioner Gary Hanson; Executive Director Patty Van Gerpen; Deputy Executive Director Heather Forney; Commission Advisor Greg Rislov; Commission Attorneys John Smith and Rolayne Wiest; Staff Attorney Karen Cremer; Staff Analysts, Stacy Splittstoesser and Tim Binder; and Administrative Secretary Demaris Axthelm.

Also present were:  Brett Koenecke, May, Adam, Gerdes and Thompson, representing TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP.

Joining the meeting by telephone were:  Paul Blackburn, Plains Justice, representing Dakota Rural Action and Caitlin Collier, Collier Law Office, representing Dakota Rural Action.  

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)

         Mr. Paul Blackburn stated that Dakota Rural Action's filing speaks for itself and had no further comments. Ms. Caitlin Collier had no further comments. Mr. Brett Koenecke, representing TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP, (Keystone) had no objection to the request.  Ms Karen Cremer spoke on behalf of Ms. Kara Semmler and stated that Dakota Rural Action has asked for a two week extension or until discovery is resolved, whichever is later. Ms. Cremer further stated that Staff is not comfortable with an open ended extension despite an on-going dispute regarding several discovery issues and that Staff recommends that the Commission grant a two week extension.

         Chairman Johnson moved to extend the time to submit testimony by two weeks.  Motion passed 3-0.

There being no further business, at the hour of 1:37 pm the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting adjourned. The next Commission meeting is scheduled for September 22, 2009.


/S/Demaris Axthelm        
Demaris Axthelm
Administrative Secretary
December 8, 2009