The Public Utilities Commission spent last week listening to TransCanada tell them again why South Dakota should bear all of the externalities of its tar sands oil pipeline so that it can export Canadian oil overseas—oh, excuse me: the crude oil won’t be exported, just the refined products. Keystone Projects president Corey Goulet said in his PUC testimony that “a small percentage is exported“—and apparently, in Canadian English, “small” means 55.3% to 66.5%.
This week the opponents of Keystone XL get to present their arguments to the PUC. How’s that going?
Hey, don’t sweat Commissioner Gary Hanson’s apparent nap during opponent testimony this morning. He can sit in with absent Commissioner Kristie Fiegen when she reviews the transcript later.
Related Listening: South Dakota Public Broadcasting is offering great coverage of the hearings.
- Victoria Wicks documents Colome rancher John Harter’s soft-spoken yet firm cross-examination of the TransCanada witnesses who would drive the pipeline across his line through eminent domain.
- Wicks features the testimony of former TransCanada employee Evan Vokes, who is giving lengthy, technical explanations of his experience with previous TransCanada projects, which opponents say undermines the claims to reliability made by TransCanada.
- Wicks airs tribal claims that they deserve more consultation before TransCanada plows their pipeline across indigenous historical land.
- Wicks gives examples of the challenges citizens face in intervening in the complicated technical and legal issues before the Public Utilities Commission.