Defenders of the Black Hills
P. O. Box 2003, Rapid City, SD 57709 Phone: (605) 399 -1868
SPECIAL MEETING: Saturday, July 19, 2008, 1:00 – 5:00 pm in the Coffee Room at St. Isaas Jogues Church, 221 Knollwood Dr., Rapid City, SD.
Agenda items include: 1851 Treaty Commemoration to be held Sept. 13th; plans for an oil pipeline, Keystone XL Pipeline, to come through western South Dakota; new logging plans in the Black Hills; SD Department of Transportation plans; and a national campaign to stop coal, oil and uranium mining. These are all urgent matters so we encourage everyone to attend. Information follows.
Crude oil pipeline means new revenue for counties
By Andrea J. Cook, Journal staff Thursday, June 26, 2008
PHILIP — The proposed Keystone XL Pipeline sounds like a "good deal" to Haakon County Commissioner Neal "Obie" Brunskill. "It should be, if things work out like they’re saying," Brunskill said Wednesday night during a meeting hosted by officials representing TransCanada. The Canadian company is partnering with ConocoPhillips to build the Keystone Project in eastern South Dakota and the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline in the West River area.
Haakon County could $3.2 million in new tax revenues if the pipeline is built, according to Ken Murchie, the project director. About 313 miles of pipeline will cross western South Dakota, adding an estimated $17.7 million in annual taxes to the state’s economy, according to Murchie.
Wednesday’s meeting in Philip was the third in a series of meetings TransCanada officials are hosting in areas that will be traversed by the 1,690-mile pipeline. It will extend from Hardisty, Alberta, Canada, to Port Arthur and Houston, Texas. Construction in South Dakota is expected to begin in 2011.
"This is a great venue to listen to landowners," Murchie said. At least 100 people attended a meeting in Buffalo on Monday night, and more than 60 were in Faith on Tuesday, Murchie said.
Company representatives answered questions about reclamation practices and construction procedures, offering assurances that TransCanada is a good neighbor. "We won’t go away once the pipeline is completed," Murchie said.
Keystone intends to pay landowners a fair-market value for a 50-foot permanent easement for the pipeline. During construction, landowners will be compensated for an additional 60-foot easement for the construction zone. The company also pledges to compensate landowners for any lost revenue during the construction project.
TransCanada officials contacted Debbie and Craig Hanrahan about three weeks ago to begin surveying their property along the Cheyenne River, Debbie Hanrahan said. She was impressed by the time and attention the oil company representatives gave people Wednesday. "It was nice of them to come out and put themselves on the line," Debbie Hanrahan said. Her biggest concern is the company’s plan to lay the pipeline under the Cheyenne River. "They talked with us about how they plan to do it," she said.
TransCanada has 50 years of experience in the construction and transmission of energy, Murchie said. In addition to crude oil, the company delivers natural gas and electricity to markets in North America. TransCanada owns a network of more than 36,500 miles of pipelines in North America.
The Keystone partnership is in the process of putting together the state and federal applications necessary for the Keystone XL Pipeline. Construction has started on the Keystone Project pipeline running from Hardesty east into Manitoba and then south through North Dakota, eastern South Dakota and to Steele City, Neb. From Steele City, the pipeline will deliver 500,000 barrels of crude oil per day to refineries in Illinois.
"The second pipeline is really a fallout of the first pipeline not having enough room or space to deliver all of the crude oil that is required into markets in the United States," Murchie said.
The Keystone XL Pipeline’s initial capacity is 700,000 barrels, with the capability to expand to 900,000 barrels daily. Transporting crude oil by pipelines from Canada to U.S. refineries makes good sense, Commissioner Brunskill said. "It’s better than it coming out of the Middle East," he said.
TransCanada is in the initial phase of gaining regulatory approval for the Keystone XL Pipeline. Until state and federal clearances are given, this is only a proposal, Murchie said.
Contact Andrea Cook at email@example.com or 394-8423.
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