Update, 1230 MST: of course the Republicans on the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission caved to their campaign donors TransCanada.
Recall the reminder from TCMack that the Army Corps of Engineers touted the construction of the Oahe Dam on the Cretaceous Shale. That same shale accounts for the systematic breakup of roadways and railbeds in South Dakota likewise confounding KeystoneXL pipeline engineers.
The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission will meet Tuesday morning in Pierre to make a final decision on whether or not to certify that TransCanada can meet the conditions set by the PUC for the company to build a segment of its proposed Keystone XL petroleum pipeline through western South Dakota. South Dakota PUC Chairman Chris Nelson says the time has now come for the PUC to make a final decision. Nelson adds that regardless of Tuesday’s decision, without the federal permit, the pipeline won’t be built through South Dakota. [KCCR Radio]KXL is geologically untenable and will never be built.