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January 03, 2015 11:04 AM

Protests Planned In SD Against Keystone Pipeline

Sioux Falls, SD

Opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have planned protests in three South Dakota cities.

The rallies are scheduled for Monday in Rapid City and Sioux Falls, as well as in Pierre on Tuesday, the same day when the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission is expected to address the possible re-approval of the portion of the Keystone XL pipeline that would run through the state.

The pipeline proposed by TransCanada Corp. would transport Canadian oil through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines to carry the oil to refineries along the Gulf Coast.

The group No KXL Dakota says it wants to encourage commissioners to deny the re-certification of the construction permits.

Some project critics fear it could contaminate groundwater and contribute to pollution.

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