SD Senators Disagree On Pipeline Approval Time
December 14, 2011, 12:14 PM
PIERRE, SD -
South Dakota's two U.S. senators disagree on whether language speeding up approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline should be included in a bill seeking to extend a payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits.
House Republicans passed a version that includes a requirement that federal officials decide within two months whether to approve the $7 billion pipeline that would cross South Dakota to deliver Canadian oil to refineries on the Gulf Coast. Senate Democrats and President Barack Obama do not want the pipeline provision in the bill.
Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson says he agrees with Nebraska that the pipeline route should be changed, and that will require extra time for environmental analysis.
Republican Sen. John Thune says the pipeline should be speeded up because it could create 20,000 jobs.
© 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. Material may not be redistributed.
9/3/2015 5:44 AM
The governor issued the challenge last week to the South Dakota Habitat Conservation Board, a volunteer advisory board that he recently established.
9/2/2015 5:46 AM
The South Dakota attorney general joined the amicus brief filed in the case brought by the Illinois State Rifle Association and others against the cit...
9/2/2015 9:31 AM
Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the crucial 34th vote Wednesday morning, declaring the agreement is the best way to curb Iran's nuclear a...
9/1/2015 6:02 PM
The Sioux Falls Mayor wants the City to work more with Minnehaha County, and County Commissioners want more support from the city. Mayor Mike Hu...
9/2/2015 5:42 AM
Daugaard has appointed Robert Wilson of Fort Collins, Colorado, to the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority.