Wednesday, March 18, 2009

TransCanada files plans for second oil pipeline through South Dakota

PIERRE - TransCanada Keystone Pipeline company has applied to the state Public Utilities Commission for a permit to construct its second crude-oil pipeline through South Dakota, this time through the sparsely populated ranch country west of the Missouri River.
The Calgary-based company’s construction timetable calls for work to begin in South Dakota in 2011 and service to begin in 2012, with a peak construction work force of up to 1,400 people during the months of May through August of 2011.
The company is looking at the potential for expanding and developing recreation-vehicle parks to help handle lodging for the construction workforce.
The PUC will need to hold a formal hearing on the permit and establish a process to take public comments and allow for other parties to intervene, similar to the hearing held in December 2007 on TransCanada’s first pipeline through South Dakota.
State regulators likely will start discussing the timetable and related steps for the permitting process at the PUC’s next meeting March 24.

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