TransCanada pursuing water permits for pipeline construction
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota regulators are reviewing three water permit applications filed by TransCanada Corp. related to the stalled construction of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline project.
TransCanada has applied for permits to withdraw water from the Cheyenne, Bad and White rivers in western South Dakota, the Rapid City Journal reported.
A federal judge in Montana filed an injunction in November prohibiting TransCanada from starting to build the pipeline. Matthew John, a TransCanada spokesman, said since the judge’s order was issued, the Canadian company has continued managing stakeholder engagement activities in South Dakota and internal planning.
The Keystone XL pipeline would run from Alberta, Canada, to Steele City, Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines. The pipeline would enter South Dakota 32 miles (52 kilometers) northwest of Buffalo and run in a southeasterly direction through nine counties.
TransCanada’s three applications consisted of water withdrawal requests totaling around 167 million gallons annually. The applications note the water would be used during construction for dust control, horizontal-directional drilling, pump-station construction and hydrostatic testing of the pipeline.
The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources used stream gauges preserved by the U.S. Geological Survey and existing water-rights data to assess the three water permits before the state agency recommended approval of the applications.
The state Water Management board is scheduled to consider the applications on March 6. The hearing will be automatically postponed for at least 20 days if anyone files petitions against the applications and requests for a delay by Feb. 25.
Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com