User uShare Login | Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.

35° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options


TEMPERATURE LOCATION | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!


Upset Landowners Applaud Nebraskans

November 16, 2011, 10:00 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Upset Landowners Applaud Nebraskans
BRITTON, SD - With a TransCanada Pipeline that would cross through western KELOLAND now on hold, landowners affected by an already installed pipeline say they wish their concerns had been addressed.

State leaders argue the people’s concerns were addressed.

A stretch of TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline now sits under eastern South Dakota land. As the company says it will reroute its newest proposed pipeline to avoid environmentally sensitive areas in Nebraska, Kent Moeckly wishes the first pipeline had been rerouted to avoid his property.

"If we in South Dakota with our officials, the governor, the PUC could have only taken an interest through the people's eyes as they have done in Nebraska, it would have been so much different," Moeckly said.

But the Public Utilities Commission says it did take people's concerns into account. It held hearings in five different locations; one of them lasted seven hours.

And when commissioners granted a permit, they required TransCanada to follow nearly 70 additional conditions. Some of those came as a result of what the public wanted.

But Moeckly is not convinced. He says he was disappointed with the state's leadership and says they looked the other way.

"I'm so proud of the Nebraskans because they have really said ‘no, we're going to take a look at this project and we're going to see if it's safe for us and safe for our environment,’" Moeckly said.

The South Dakota PUC argues it took steps to protect the environment as well. Commissioners say most of the nearly 70 extra regulations were related to safety for the public and the environment.

The PUC also says it must follow the law and can't make decisions based on wanting a pipeline or not. And there weren't facts that would have prevented them from granting a permit.

Previous Story

Next Story





You may also like

Snow Forecasted For Sioux Falls, Sioux City On Friday

11/19/2015 6:28 AM

Areas of southeast South Dakota will be under its first winter storm watch of the season.

Full Story
Roslyn Man Arrested In Shooting

11/21/2015 4:46 PM

A Roslyn, South Dakota man is accused of trying to kill another man overnight.

Full Story
Sioux Falls Issues Snow Alert

11/20/2015 11:00 AM

The City of Sioux Falls has declared a snow alert after heavy snow across the city Friday.

Full Story
Ronald Neels Sentenced To 75 Years In Prison

11/23/2015 5:59 PM

For more than a decade, nobody knew Ronald Neels was sexually abusing a victim inside his home near Garretson. The victim never said anything about th...

Full Story | Watch
Joseph Patterson Sentenced To Life In Prison

11/19/2015 3:55 PM

A judge has sentenced a man who was found guilty in the death of a two-year-old to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Full Story