Unlike Kristi Noem, the Public Utilities Commission really is seeking public input on the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The PUC is hosting a public input session on Monday, July 6 at the State Capitol to hear public opinions on the pipeline TransCanada wants to build to ship Alberta tar sands oil across West River. The PUC is even holding the session from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CDT to allow working folks to make the meeting. That’s darned hospitable of you, Commissioners Hanson, Nelson, and Fiegen!
Ah, but there are rules:
- A commenter must state his/her name, address and organization, if any.
- In order to provide equal speaking opportunity, a five-minute time limit will be allowed for each commenter. A commenter may not yield remaining time he/she may have to another speaker.
- Commenters should not read published documents, such as reports or newsletter articles, as part of their verbal comments but rather submit those items to the commission to become part of the public record for this docket [South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, press release, 2015.06.22].
Five minutes—keep it tight!
And remember, this meeting isn’t the big enchilada. The PUC will hold its evidentiary hearing on TransCanada’s application to renew its pipeline construction permit July 27 through August 4 in Pierre.
Related Reading:Alberta’s new premier Rachel Notley says shipping unprocessed bitumen via Keystone XL to create jobs in Texas doesn’t make much sense to her.
- West Texas Intermediate crude is at $60.93 this morning.
- Canadian oil producers are predicting a decade of slower growth in production and a third less investment in the oil sands.
- TransCanada is cutting jobs, due to low oil prices.
- If Rachel Notley and the New Democrats running Alberta don’t doom Keystone XL, maybe Pope Francis will. Rick Weiland reads the Pope’s stirring encyclical Laudato Si’ and concludes that the Pope’s acknowledgement of manmade climate change affirms Weiland’s longstanding call to stop Keystone XL.
- The Japanese, the Chinese, the Indians, and even the Saudis are investing big in solar power. Morgan Stanley says demand for solar power will grow 47 gigawatts per year through 2020. That’s enough juice to power 32.5 million more homes each year without carbon emissions.