Latest Keystone Pipeline News

South Dakota board approves Keystone XL water permits

Jan. 21, 2020 5:52 PM EST

FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Water Management Board on Tuesday approved five water permit applications for Keystone XL pipeline construction. The hearing was so contentious that it stretched into a dozen days over the course of four months as American Indian tribes and environmental groups...

Crow Creek Sioux Chairman Lester Thompson delivers the State of the Tribes address Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 at the state Capitol in Pierre, S.D. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

Tribe official calls for better communication from lawmakers

Jan. 16, 2020 6:18 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The chairman of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe on Thursday called on South Dakota lawmakers to improve communication with Native American communities, singling out bills passed last year that were aimed at expected protests of the Keystone XL pipeline. “When relationships collapse,...

FILE - in this Jan. 8, 2019 photo, South Dakota state legislators listen while Gov. Kristi Noem delivers her first State of the State address at the state Capitol in Pierre, S.D. Lawmakers say things will be fast and furious when South Dakota's Republican-dominated Legislature convenes. Working on a tight deadline, many lawmakers have put issues familiar from last year at the top of their to-do lists. That includes stretching a tight budget, legalizing industrial hemp, and preparing for potential protests of the Keystone XL pipeline. (Ryan Hermens/Rapid City Journal via AP, File)

Lawmakers ready for 'fast and furious' session

Jan. 10, 2020 5:51 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Figuring out how to fund delayed pay raises, clamping down on pipeline protesters, and legalizing hemp in a way to prevent people from getting stoned will top South Dakota lawmakers' agenda this year. Lawmakers won't have much time to act. They are scheduled to be in session just...

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2018 file photo, William Hoehn awaits sentencing, in Cass County District Court in Fargo, N.D. Hoehn, originally sent to prison for life for helping to cover up the 2017 death of a North Dakota woman whose baby was cut from her womb is set to receive a new sentence. Justices ruled in August 2019 that a judge mistakenly classified Hoehn as a dangerous special offender and he should not have received life. Hoehn now faces 21 years in prison on two charges. (Ann Arbor Miller/The Forum via AP, Pool File)

Refugees, quadruple homicide top North Dakota news in 2019

Dec. 27, 2019 3:22 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Debate over whether to ban new refugees in North Dakota’s capital city county and a rare quadruple homicide in Mandan were among the top news stories in the state for 2019. Other notable news events included a crude oil spill from the Keystone pipeline in eastern North Dakota;...

US judge rejects bid to kill Keystone pipeline lawsuits

Dec. 20, 2019 7:38 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Environmentalists and Native Americans can proceed with lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump’s approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, a federal judge in Montana ruled Friday. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris expressed skepticism over government arguments...

Water permit hearing for Keystone XL extended into new year

Dec. 20, 2019 4:51 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota board deciding whether to grant water permits for the Keystone XL pipeline will extend its hearing into the new year after opponents repeatedly voiced concerns about the pipeline. The state's Water Management Board met for four days this week as the hearing for a...

Tribes: Oil companies should pay for pipeline spills

Dec. 19, 2019 8:28 AM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers are proposing legislation that would require oil companies to pay for cleaning up any pipeline spills or leaks as plans are being made to construct the Keystone XL pipeline in the state. The State-Tribal Relations Committee on Wednesday agreed to sponsor the bill...

Lawmakers bemoan absence of Noem representative at meeting

Dec. 18, 2019 6:33 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota legislative committee set aside plans Wednesday to discuss a new proposal to punish so-called “riot boosting” after a representative for Gov. Kristi Noem didn't attend the meeting. The Republican governor has proposed new laws that would make it illegal...

South Dakota governor plans revision of riot-boosting laws

Dec. 16, 2019 6:47 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is planning to have another try at so-called riot-boosting laws next year, despite previously drawing criticism for supporting such laws ahead of protests related to the Keystone XL pipeline. The Republican governor has written to lawmakers with...