State regulators reject requests to toss out Keystone XL Pipeline

Associated Press

State regulators could make a decision as early as next month on whether to again approve the South Dakota portion of the Keystone XL pipeline.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — State regulators could make a decision as early as next month on whether to again approve the South Dakota portion of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The state Public Utilities Commission denied requests Tuesday to throw out the pipeline project. Opponents argued that President Barack Obama killed the pipeline in November.

William Taylor is an attorney for TransCanada Corp. He says TransCanada remains committed to the project, which could be revived under the next president.

Critics fear the pipeline could pollute the environment.

The pipeline would transport oil from Canada to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines headed to the Gulf Coast. It also could transport some crude from the Bakken oil field.

Commission Chairman Chris Nelson says the panel could decide on the project at its January meeting.

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